Choose 1 discussion question from the following and write at least two paragraphs
1. CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF HOMELESSNESS: LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE WELFARE REGIMES.
In this thread you can discuss the differences and also similarities in the responses to homelessness in the United States, Germany and abroad. Why and how is policy failing? How does failed and contradictory government intervention exacerbate the life circumstances of homeless people? How and why was there a “great U-Turn” in policy in the U.S.?
2. QUALITATIVE INSIGHTS: HOMELESSNESS AND THE LIFE-COURSE: How do we research complex social problems such as homelessness? What are the advantages and disadvantages of qualitative/ethnographic versus quantitative/survey research? Why and how are there significant differences in the personal experiences of homeless people? Why does the life course matter?
3. THE SOCIO-SPATIAL EXCLUSION OF HOMELESS PEOPLE: LEGAL, SERVICE, AND ECONOMIC EXCLUSIONS.
In the research in Berlin and L.A., scholars identified specific trajectories of exclusion. Do you think those also apply in New York or even your hometown? Which one do you think has the most adverse effects on homeless people and their long-term chances to fully overcome homelessness?
4. OVERCOMING HOMELESSNESS: SOLUTIONS?
Homelessness, clearly, is a complicated problem. What do you think are possible solutions? Have they been tried before? Where? With what outcome? How likely is it in our political climate to implement changes? Try and think big but also keep an eye on realism!
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