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2002 års män och kvinnor : medborgare rapporterar om hemlöshet

  • Jan Magnusson (Dr)
  • Anna Meeuwisse (Professor)
  • Hans Swärd
Publiceringsår: 2003
Språk: Svenska
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Meddelanden från Socialhögskolan
Volym: 2003:3
Dokumenttyp: Bok


In 2002 a group of men and women, coming from different professions
but sharing an interest in social issues, joined together in a Citizens' Study
(medborgarundersökning) in the Swedish city of Malmö. They were
inspired by a classic Swedish citizens' study "Men of 1912" (1912 års
män) which was a clandestine field study of the deplorable conditions in
Stockholm's hostels in 1912. This book is a compilation of the various
reports written by the men and women of 2002. Over a period of several
months they visited different places in Malmö where homeless people
live and spend their lives. The reports provide us with different images of
homelessness, from tent camps, hideouts in public parks, cheap hotels
and shelters to overpopulated apartment buildings in the suburbs. It
accounts for the City Council's expensive policy of solving the problems
through putting up homeless in hotel rooms on a long-term basis.
Striking in the reports is the frustration of the men and women of 2002
when they are confronted with access problems to shelters, and with the
demeaning and contemptuous treatment of homeless people. As a
method for social research the citizen's study does not have the
theoretical and methodological consistency of the scientific study.
However, it oversteps social borders and promotes social integration in a
way that scientific studies were never able to do. The men and women of
2002 were drawn into the process, and formed private social
relationships with homeless people and their places. Apart from the
reports of the men and women of 2002, the book also includes a re-print
of the edited version of the report of the men of 1912 published in Social
Tidskrift 1913.



  • Social Work


  • ISSN: 0282-6143

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