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The links between begging and rough sleeping: a question of legitimacy?

Fitzpatrick, Suzanne and Kennedy, Catherine (2001) The links between begging and rough sleeping: a question of legitimacy? Housing Studies, 16 (5). pp. 549-568. ISSN 0267 3037

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Begging is one of the most potent, and controversial, symbols of social exclusion in modern British society. This paper concentrates on the relationship between begging and rough sleeping. This focus was selected because moral debates concerning the 'legitimacy' of begging now seem inextricably bound up with the perceived accommo dation status of people begging as either 'roofless' or 'housed'. The paper draws upon a recent qualitative study in Glasgow and Edinburgh city centres which demonstrated a close relationship between begging and rough sleeping, and the complex needs and desperate circumstances of the people engaged in these activities. It challenges prevailing assumptions regarding the 'legitimacy' of begging arguing that, while begging appears to be largely confined to street homeless people in Glasgow and Edinburgh city centres, this does not undermine the moral imperative to meet the needs of the 'housed poor' who may beg elsewhere

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0267 3037
Electronic ISSN: 1466-1810
Uncontrolled Keywords: Begging; Rough Sleeping; Legitimacy; Social Problems;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Health and Social Sciences
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 304 Factors affecting social behavior
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 361 Social problems & social welfare in general
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 300 Social sciences
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Item ID: 2224
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2008 10:42
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2013 16:46
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2224

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