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Making the homeless count? Enumerating rough sleepers and the distortion of homelessness

Making the homeless count? Enumerating rough sleepers and the distortion of homelessness Abstract: English This article traces the power of numbers in discourses relating to homelessness in Britain. It argues that enumeration has played a formative role in the recording of homelessness as a 'problem', and in the public policy response to homelessness in specific locations.In particular,the use of rough sleeper counts as popular defining representations of the problem of,and response to,homelessness is analysed in terms of their wider pivotal significance in political and policy discourses relating to homeless people. The article concludes that how rough sleeper counts are undertaken has clear distorting consequences for the identification and understanding of to what extent, where, and among whom homelessness represents a pressing social issue. Discursive valorisation of enumeration needs to be interconnected critically with other more qualitative forms of knowledge drawing on the experience of housing officers, local agency workers and others dealing with localised homelessness on a day-to-day basis. Français Cet article expose le pouvoir des chiffres dans les discours concernant les sans-abri en Grande-Bretagne. Il soutient que le dénombrement a joué un rôle formateur dans l'enregistrement des sans-abri en tant que 'problème' ainsi que dans la réponse des décisions publiques concernant les sans-abri dans des localisations spécifiques. En particulier l'utilisation du comptage des dormeurs 'à la dure' pour définir les représentations populaires du problème des sans-abri et comme réponse à ce problème est analysée du point de vue de sa signification centrale plus étendue dans les discours et les mesures politiques concernant les sans-abri. Cet article conclut que la façon dont on utilise le comptage des dormeurs 'à la dure' a des conséquences qui faussent de façon claire l'identification et la compréhension de l'étendue, la localisation et parmi quelle catégorie sociale les sans-abri représentent une question sociale pressante. La valorisation discursive du dénombrement a besoin d'être interconnectée d'une façon critique avec d'autres formes de connaissance plus qualitatives se servant de l'expérience des travailleurs des agences locales et autres personnes s'occupant des sans-abri d'une façon locale et quotidienne. Español Este artículo traza el poder de los números en discusiones relacionadas con las personas sin hogar en Gran Bretaña. Se discute que la enumeración ha jugado un papel formativo en el registro de las personas sin hogar como un 'problema' y también en la reacción pública hacia estas personas en lugares específicos. En concreto, la cuenta de las personas que pasan la noche al raso, como representaciones populares que definen y responden al problema, los sin hogar están analizados en términos de su más amplio significado de importancia en discusiones políticas y programas relacionados con las personas sin hogar.El artículo concluye que la forma en que se lleve la cuenta de las personas que pasan la noche al raso tiene consecuencias distorsionadas para la identificación y el entendimiento de hasta que punto, dónde, y entre quiénes, las personas sin hogar representan un asunto de presión social. Una valoración divagada de la enumeración, necesita estar interconectada críticamente con otras formas más cualitativas de conocimiento, basándose en la experiencia de los responsables de las viviendas, los trabajadores en agencias locales,así como quienes se ocupan de la localización de las personas sin hogar día por día. References: 16 references open in new window Opening the references page in a new window requires javascript to be enabled in your browser. Articles that cite this article? Keywords: DISCOURSE ; HOMELESSNESS ROUGH ; SLEEPERS ENUMERATION Document Type: Research Article DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/0305573012501341 Publication date: 2001-07-01 More about this publication? An International Journal Policy & Politics is the leading journal in the field of public policy with an enviable reputation for publishing peer-reviewed papers of the highest quality. It explores the fit between theory and empirical applications and links macro-scale political economy debates with micro-scale policy studies. Access to the complete newly-digitised Policy & Politics backfile is now available via premium subscriptions. Visit http://www.policypress.co.uk/journals_pap_subscribe.asp for more information. Visit http://www.policypress.co.uk/PPcollections.asp to see Policy & Politics' virtual collections. 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Abstract: English This article traces the power of numbers in discourses relating to homelessness in Britain. It argues that enumeration has played a formative role in the recording of homelessness as a 'problem', and in the public policy response to homelessness in specific locations.In particular,the use of rough sleeper counts as popular defining representations of the problem of,and response to,homelessness is analysed in terms of their wider pivotal significance in political and policy discourses relating to homeless people. The article concludes that how rough sleeper counts are undertaken has clear distorting consequences for the identification and understanding of to what extent, where, and among whom homelessness represents a pressing social issue. Discursive valorisation of enumeration needs to be interconnected critically with other more qualitative forms of knowledge drawing on the experience of housing officers, local agency workers and others dealing with localised homelessness on a day-to-day basis. Français Cet article expose le pouvoir des chiffres dans les discours concernant les sans-abri en Grande-Bretagne. Il soutient que le dénombrement a joué un rôle formateur dans l'enregistrement des sans-abri en tant que 'problème' ainsi que dans la réponse des décisions publiques concernant les sans-abri dans des localisations spécifiques. En particulier l'utilisation du comptage des dormeurs 'à la dure' pour définir les représentations populaires du problème des sans-abri et comme réponse à ce problème est analysée du point de vue de sa signification centrale plus étendue dans les discours et les mesures politiques concernant les sans-abri. Cet article conclut que la façon dont on utilise le comptage des dormeurs 'à la dure' a des conséquences qui faussent de façon claire l'identification et la compréhension de l'étendue, la localisation et parmi quelle catégorie sociale les sans-abri représentent une question sociale pressante. La valorisation discursive du dénombrement a besoin d'être interconnectée d'une façon critique avec d'autres formes de connaissance plus qualitatives se servant de l'expérience des travailleurs des agences locales et autres personnes s'occupant des sans-abri d'une façon locale et quotidienne. Español Este artículo traza el poder de los números en discusiones relacionadas con las personas sin hogar en Gran Bretaña. Se discute que la enumeración ha jugado un papel formativo en el registro de las personas sin hogar como un 'problema' y también en la reacción pública hacia estas personas en lugares específicos. En concreto, la cuenta de las personas que pasan la noche al raso, como representaciones populares que definen y responden al problema, los sin hogar están analizados en términos de su más amplio significado de importancia en discusiones políticas y programas relacionados con las personas sin hogar.El artículo concluye que la forma en que se lleve la cuenta de las personas que pasan la noche al raso tiene consecuencias distorsionadas para la identificación y el entendimiento de hasta que punto, dónde, y entre quiénes, las personas sin hogar representan un asunto de presión social. Una valoración divagada de la enumeración, necesita estar interconectada críticamente con otras formas más cualitativas de conocimiento, basándose en la experiencia de los responsables de las viviendas, los trabajadores en agencias locales,así como quienes se ocupan de la localización de las personas sin hogar día por día. References: 16 references open in new window Opening the references page in a new window requires javascript to be enabled in your browser. Articles that cite this article? Keywords: DISCOURSE ; HOMELESSNESS ROUGH ; SLEEPERS ENUMERATION Document Type: Research Article DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/0305573012501341 Publication date: 2001-07-01 More about this publication? An International Journal Policy & Politics is the leading journal in the field of public policy with an enviable reputation for publishing peer-reviewed papers of the highest quality. It explores the fit between theory and empirical applications and links macro-scale political economy debates with micro-scale policy studies. Access to the complete newly-digitised Policy & Politics backfile is now available via premium subscriptions. Visit http://www.policypress.co.uk/journals_pap_subscribe.asp for more information. Visit http://www.policypress.co.uk/PPcollections.asp to see Policy & Politics' virtual collections. 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