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The Construction of the Homeless as a Discursive-Political Struggle: A Discursive-Theoretical Re-reading of the Homeless Subject Position
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media. Charles Univ Prague, Prague, Czech Republic;Vrije Univ Brussel, Brussel, Czech Republic;Inst Commun Studies & Journalism, Fac Social Sci, Smetanovo Nabr 6, Prague 11000 1, Czech Republic.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8996-4636
Charles Univ Prague, Prague, Czech Republic;Inst Commun Studies & Journalism, Fac Social Sci, Smetanovo Nabr 6, Prague 11000 1, Czech Republic.
2019 (English)In: FILOSOFIJA-SOCIOLOGIJA, ISSN 0235-7186, Vol. 30, no 1, p. 71-79Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Within the literature on homelessness, the attention for what is often called 'homeless identity' is slowly increasing, and within this body of knowledge, the complex, contingent and contested nature of this identity also becomes more visible. 'this article aims to contribute to this discussion, by deploying Laclau and Mouffe's (1985) discourse theory to produce a (discursive-) theoretical re-reading of the homeless identity, or, in discourse-theoretical terms, the homeless subject position. Acknowledging that the homeless subject position is part of a larger assemblage, this article, in particular, aims to show the contested nature of this subject position and how it is an object of political struggle. In the second part, this article zooms in on the literature on media constructions, and the struggle over the homeless subject position in (and between) mainstream media and the so-called street press.

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2019. Vol. 30, no 1, p. 71-79
Keywords [en]
post-structuralist discourse theory, subject position, homeless, mainstream media, street press
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Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-382366ISI: 000463356600009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-382366DiVA, id: diva2:1307813
Available from: 2019-04-29 Created: 2019-04-29 Last updated: 2019-04-29Bibliographically approved

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