Homelessness, mental illness and the state: an endless crisis of suffering and exclusion

Crowley-Cyr, Lynda (2010) Homelessness, mental illness and the state: an endless crisis of suffering and exclusion. VDM Verlag Dr Muller, Saarbruchen, Germany. ISBN 978-3-639-24633-9

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Homelessness, compounded by physical and legal exclusion, has destructive consequences for the health and wellbeing of mentally ill people, their families, carers, and the community as a whole. And yet, there is little in academic or policy literature addressing the question of why people with highly complex needs remain homeless and or excluded from the benefits of the modern state.

This book is therefore essential reading for anyone wanting to understand why and how this problem persists and what ought to be done to solve it. In particular the book will appeal to inter-disciplinary scholars, policy-makers and practitioners in law, mental health, social work, criminology, social policy, sociology and political economy. Indeed this book will appeal to anyone with interests in histories of institutionalization and de-institutionalization; neo-liberal outsourcing and the problems of contractualism; modernity and its legacy of ‘wasted lives’; strategies for social inclusion and reform after the neo-liberal contract state.

Importantly this internationally contextualized and rigorously theorized Australian case study suggests how a human rights based approach to housing governance ought to provide homes for the mentally ill homeless. The approach outlined focuses on recovery and the maintenance of wellbeing by all levels of government and all social institutions—‘Three Ws’: a Whole-of-person/whole-of-life, Whole-of-Government and Whole-of-Sector approach.

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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Law
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2011 21:21
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 03:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: homelessness, mental illness, exclusion
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180114 Human Rights Law
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180119 Law and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
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