This reference is a comprehensive study guide to the city. The text explains and evaluates the key ideas, informed by the latest research, adding the necessary historical context to situate the student in the literature and the essential debates. Organized in four sections The SAGE Companion to the City provides a systematic A-Z to understanding the city that explains the interrelations between society, culture, and economy.

Housing and Homelessness

Housing and Homelessness

Housing and homelessness

This Chapter

  • Shows that homelessness is a social problem that is particularly pronounced in cities
  • Reviews literature that demonstrates the urban causes and consequences of homelessness in different national contexts
  • Demonstrates that urban scholarship and activism can help reduce homelessness and mitigate against its most negative consequences


While not exclusively an urban phenomenon, homelessness is unquestionably a more visible and pressing concern in cities than in rural areas. Accordingly, it has been the focus of urban research from a variety of perspectives for many years. One purpose of this chapter is to explore these different approaches in order to demonstrate the validity of multi-disciplinary analyses of complex urban problems.

Homelessness is a fluid concept. People move from shelter to the streets frequently. ...

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