"This Right Here Is All About Living": Communicating the "Common Sense" About Home Stability Through CBPR and Photovoice

Jeffery Chaichana Peterson, Mary Grace Antony, Ryan J. Thomas

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Abstract

Homelessness remains a major problem in the United States as a result of urban deprivation, economic decline, a rise in housing costs, and a decline in blue-collar wages. Meanwhile, the dominant discourses around homelessness tend to frame the matter in terms of individual deviance rather than structural impediments. This study utilizes Community-Based Participatory Research and the photovoice method to articulate what a small number of "successfully home stable individuals" attribute to helping them to remain home stable as well as those factors that challenge this situation. The study analyzes how these attributions challenge the "common sense" about homelessness by refiguring the concept as a reintegration process with manifold causes and paths into and out of episodic home instability and giving voice to formerly homeless individuals who are successfully navigating reintegration into housed society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-270
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Applied Communication Research
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2012

Keywords

  • CBPR
  • Home Stability
  • Homelessness
  • Participatory Research
  • Photovoice

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