Home is where the house is: The meaning of home for people sleeping rough

Parsell, Cameron (2012) Home is where the house is: The meaning of home for people sleeping rough. Housing Studies, 27 2: 159-173. doi:10.1080/02673037.2012.632621

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Author Parsell, Cameron
Title Home is where the house is: The meaning of home for people sleeping rough
Journal name Housing Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0267-3037
Publication date 2012-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02673037.2012.632621
Open Access Status
Volume 27
Issue 2
Start page 159
End page 173
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Contributors to the housing field broadly agree that home is a multi-dimensional concept. Indeed, informed by the proposition that home and housing should not be conflated, the social, psychological and emotional elements of home have been well documented. Home is thought to be subjectively experienced. As such, some have shown that people defined as homeless may not actually feel homeless, but rather experience their accommodation or situation as home. This paper is based on ethnographic research with a group of people sleeping rough in Brisbane, Australia. It argues that their problematic experiences residing in public places, together with their biographies of feeling disconnected from society, underpinned their ideas of home. For people in this study, housing and home were synonymous. The physical structure of a house was important to assume control over their day-to-day lives. Home, however, stood for something beyond housing. Home was constructed as a signifier of normality, and as a commitment to participation in Australian society.
Keyword The meaning of home
Rough sleeping
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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