Title

The Structuring of Invisibility Among the Hidden Homeless: The Politics of Space, Stigma, and Identity Construction

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2005

Keywords

structuration, homelessness, invisibility, space, marginalization

Abstract

This ethnographic portrayal relies on participant observations at two supplemental support programs for youth without homes, narratives collected through in-depth interviews with educators and case managers, and focus group interviews with youth participants to explore the discursive (re)production of invisibility among youth without homes. Structuration theory is used to frame macro and micro forces coalescing to enable and constrain processes of invisibility among the hidden homeless. Analysis reveals how invisibility shapes (and is shaped by) processes of stigmatization, “street smarts” as enacted by youth, and “Mayberry” and “not in my backyard” community discourses, and how the disappearance of youth without homes simultaneously serves and undermines various stakeholders.

Recommended Citation

Harter, Lynn M., Charlene Berquist, B. Scott Titsworth, David Novak, and Tod Brokaw. "The structuring of invisibility among the hidden homeless: The politics of space, stigma, and identity construction." Journal of applied communication research 33, no. 4 (2005): 305-327.

DOI for the article

10.1080/00909880500278079

Department

Communication

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