Perceptions of homeless persons and social action in France and in Australia[Research paper] by Alix Peillon


The author was part of the “Alternative Management” third year program in HEC in 2010.

The person “on the street” has always been a part of the urban landscape. Yet, these persons who are excluded from our social and economic system disturb us: not only do they cause a nuisance, they inspire a strong sentiment of incomprehension within the honest citizen: “How did they get there?” They also inspire fear: “Could that happen to me?” Moreover, this phenomenon persists and the ranks of homeless people seem to grow year on year, even while the scientific data on this population remains weak. These remarks hold true in many countries, including France and Australia, where this study was carried out. This social question is difficult to come to terms with while at the same time being at the heart of our everyday experiences. This question is the source of numerous representations. How do we represent homeless persons? What is the impact of these representations on policy? How does social action contribute to creating these representations?

Quote article  Alix Peillon, « Perceptions of homeless persons and social action in France and in Australia », 31 may 2011, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Research paper]

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