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Housing and the transitional phases out of 'Disordered' lives: The case of leaving homelessness and street sex work

Mcnaughton, C.C. and Sanders, T. (2007) Housing and the transitional phases out of 'Disordered' lives: The case of leaving homelessness and street sex work. Housing Studies, 22 (6). pp. 885-900. ISSN 0267-3037

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Abstract

This paper combines the findings from two empirical qualitative studies that examine transitions out of lifestyles and identities considered 'disordered'. Focusing on women's experiences of homelessness and street sex work the paper explores these transitions and the barriers the participants encounter in establishing 'ordered' lives. Four key points will be made. First, the mechanisms that can lead to successful transitions (housing, networks and welfare services) can often present barriers to change. Second, the 'yo-yo' effect, whereby women move in and out of negative situations in an ongoing cycle, is common. Third, it is argued that transitions are only successful if individuals find identity and 'ontological security'. Housing is a crucial aspect in these transitions; however, it can have negative as well as positive effects. It is argued that there is strong evidence to suggest that the conditional welfare services given through the entanglement of the welfare and criminal justice systems play a pivotal role in maintaining marginal lifestyles and a cycle of entrapment into social exclusion. These wider issues of the marginalisation of women who are assumed to be 'deviant' and 'disordered' are connected to broader changes in the West that criminalise and oppress citizens who are outside of mainstream society.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds)
The University of York > Centre for Housing Policy (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 28 May 2009 09:26
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2010 14:23
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673030701608043
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/02673030701608043
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6266

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