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Author Cloke, Paul
Source CiteSeerX
Content type Text
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Performative Space Homeless City ♦ Homeless People ♦ Urban Space ♦ Urban Homelessness Emphasise ♦ Cross-cutting Emotion ♦ Homelessness People ♦ Temporal Practice ♦ Strange Map ♦ Nigel Thrift ♦ Current Model ♦ Neglected Spatiality ♦ Homeless City ♦ Meaningful Place ♦ Ash Amin ♦ Regulated Space ♦ City Life ♦ Urban Form
Abstract In this paper we discuss some of the ‘strange ’ maps of city life performed by homeless people. Current models of urban homelessness emphasise both the strategies by which spaces of homelessness are disciplined and organised, and the tactics deployed by homeless people to negotiate these regulated spaces. We argue that, in addition, the cartographies of homelessness can be understood in terms of journeys and pauses which afford a sense of performativity that is bound up with both the urban form and with cross-cutting emotions associated with particular social, spatial and temporal practices. Drawing on interviews with homelessness people in Bristol, UK, we identify how the homeless city includes places to sleep, eat, ‘earn ’ and ‘hang out’, which are intermeshed by flows of journeying through the city. In these ways homeless people performatively bring into being counter-inscriptions of meaningful places in the city and re-edit the textures, registers and traces of urban space. Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift (2002) have recently argued that we should do more to name the ‘neglected ’ spatialities of the city and to edit back into our accounts of urban space the
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Institution School Geographical Sciences