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No Place Like Home

Tunåker, Carin (2015) No Place Like Home. Home Cultures : the Journal of Architecture, Design and Domestic Space, 12 (2). pp. 241-259. ISSN 1740-6315. E-ISSN 1751-7427. (doi:10.1080/17406315.2015.1046300) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:73738)

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The concept of “home” is subject to individual interpretations; a “home” may be conceived of as a physical space, such as a building/house, a geographical space such as a street, a town or a community, or a place where meaningful social relationships and/or kinship are fostered. Consider, then, what would happen to our understandings of “home” if seen from the perspectives of young people that are “home-less” and estranged from their families and kin groups, sometimes due to their sexual orientation. This article presents results from a research project conducted together with Kentish homelessness charity Porchlight. The aim of the research is to formulate an understanding of the lived realities of homeless LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth (ages 16–25). Young people who identify as LGB or T are often victims of hate crime, bullying, harassment, violence, oppression, discrimination, and social exclusion in the home, in schools, and in the community at large. In many cases, these factors can contribute to alienation from the family home and subsequently result in homelessness. Here, I look specifically at how young people experience home and homelessness in relation to kin and social relationships, and drawing from anthropological literature on “the house”, “home”, kinship and “liminality”, I consider how these concepts can better inform our understanding of LGBT youth homelessness.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/17406315.2015.1046300
Uncontrolled keywords: LGBT youth homelessness, home, kinship, liminality, social anthropology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Lisa Towers
Date Deposited: 02 May 2019 10:09 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2021 04:13 UTC
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