Contextualizing Homelessness: Critical Theory, Homelessness, by Kenneth Kyle

By Kenneth Kyle

This undertaking employs 3 assorted disciplinary approaches--social constructionism, coverage research, and rhetorical analysis--as a primary step towards a severe idea of homelessness.

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As such, science serves as the backdrop against which rhetorical claims, social constructions, and literary portrayals concerning the homeless are made and illuminated. LEGISLATIVE OVERVIEW The McKinney Act (Public Law 100-77) was signed into law by a reluc­ tant Ronald Reagan on July 22, 1987 (National Coalition for the Home­ less, 1999). It was first amended on September 30, 1988. , see Gore 1987; 1990). 1 Nevertheless, the McKinney Act was the federal government’s first major fiscal response to homelessness.

79). They argue that these messages may be internalized by members of particular target populations and that, having internalized these messages, individuals may act in ways that reinforce these messages. Using the exam­ ple of the criminalization of deviance, Edwin Schur argues that “ . . the relation between deviance and public policy is reciprocal” (1965, p. 8). He explains: The definition of behavior as ‘criminal’ is an extreme form of stigmati­ zation. Defining behavior as ‘deviant’ has profound effects on those individuals engaging in it .

Social actors identify themselves with particular collectives by choosing between competing stories. (1996, p. 160) Analytical Perspectives 31 Similarly, Condit writes that political narratives arise “when a narrative, through constant retelling, gains pervasiveness and force among an active plurality of persons in a national discourse group. These stories may be true or false by some external standard, but for their audience, they are potent— useful and forceful” (1987, p. 4). S. S. political narratives.

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