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By C. McNaughton

Following a bunch of individuals as they make the transition from homeless to 'housed' , this ebook offers a brand new standpoint on homelessness, the person elements linked to it akin to habit, psychological ailment and aggravating lifestyles histories, and the way welfare and poverty engage with those stipulations.

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The struggle has been the modernising of approaches alongside an awareness of the ongoing unintended (or otherwise) consequences that this can generate (Giddens, 1984). What is also central to the theory of reflexive governance is the concept of ‘risk’ – of how the risks targeted populations may pose to themselves, and others, is managed through this system of governance. And this preoccupation with risk and risk management can in turn be cast within broader sociological theories on risk. Risk society Clearly, over the last 50 years, significant changes have taken place in the social and political context that people operate within.

And when acts such as drug use involve going ‘over the edge’ they may lead to complete loss of control over self – through addiction, surrendering to being controlled by a need for external objects and actions (Reith, 2005; Giddens, 2002; 1992). This leads to the final key point about edgework, as Lyng conceptualises it – it is about going close to the edge, but coming back, the Emotional and Material Landscapes of Life 37 management of risk. To go over is to have succumbed to the risks that edgework encapsulates, to have failed to gain the benefit, and return safely from this.

It may be a construct of the modern social order but this does not mean that the social welfare system does not ‘exist’, or crucially that it does not profoundly affect the material and social environment and interactions that individuals’ experience. A social welfare system is one structure among many, and all structures join up to constitute the external ‘reality’ of our social world. Many different external processes, institutions and environments intersect, interact and overlap to generate the entire structural 44 Transitions Through Homelessness ‘reality’ that people operate within.

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