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Absolute Poverty in EuropeInterdisciplinary Perspectives on a Hidden Phenomenon$
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Helmut Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger, and Clemens Sedmak

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447341284

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447341284.001.0001

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Penalising homelessness in Europe

Penalising homelessness in Europe

(p.313) 15 Penalising homelessness in Europe
Absolute Poverty in Europe

Guillem Fernàndez Evangelista

Policy Press

This chapter addresses homelessness as an explicit form of absolute poverty. It will shed light on the development of a punitive legal and administrative framework that tends to penalise homeless people living rough rather than resolving their needs. This penalisation process is materialised in the structuring of measures that criminalise the day-to-day activities of homeless people in public spaces, set obstacles to prevent their access to public services, and makes them invisible by expelling them from certain areas of the city or even from the country.

Keywords:   homelessness, criminalisation, penalisation, absolute poverty

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