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Homeless subjects and the chance of space

Homeless subjects and the chance of space

The research builds upon Ph.D. dissertation (Durham, 2011) research by Dr Michele Lancione which was titled 'Homeless subjects and the chance of space. A more-than-human geography of homelessness in Turin'. The thesis was based on a 10-month ethnography in Turin, and proposed a Deleuzian-Guattarian take on the constitution of subjectivity at the street level. The thesis offered insights firstly into how to move away from a pathological understanding of 'the homeless'; secondly, into the role of codes and discourses on the constitution of the homeless-as-subject; and thirdly, into the nature of homeless people's capabilities.

Building on the thesis, this research investigates new ways of conceptualising homelessness and to imagine non-normative policies able to take into consideration the nuances and heterogeneous experience of being a homeless individual.

As part of his interest in homelessness and activism, in 2014 Dr Lancione collaborated in a research project with fioPSD, the Italian Federation of the Organisation Working with Homeless People, around the implementation of the 'Housing First' approach in several Italian cities.

Publications related to the project

  • Lancione, M. (2014), "Assemblages of care and the analysis of public policies on homelessness in Turin", Italy, City, 18:1
  • Lancione, M. (2014), "Entanglements of faith: Discourses, practices of care and homeless people in an Italian city of Saints", Urban Studies, DOI: 10.1177/0042098013514620
  • Lancione, M. (2013), "How is homelessness?" The European Journal of Homelessness, 7:2
  • Lancione, M. (2013), "Homeless people and the city of abstract machine. Assemblage thinking and the performative approach to homelessness". Area, 45:3, p. 358-364

Food near a soup kitchen, Turin 2010

Food near a soup kitchen, Turin 2010 (Michele Lancione)