Sexuality and Homelessness
Researchers at the University of South Australia are conducting a study that explores the experience of home and homelessness by people of a variety of sexual identities.
Dr Carole Zufferey and Dr Margaret Rowntree from the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South Australia are conducting the Home Homelessness and Sexuality Study, which explores how people across the sexual spectrum feel about and experience being ‘at home’ and/or ‘homeless’.
This can relate to physical spaces and places (such as a house or a neighbourhood) but also embodied emotions and imagined futures.
‘Home’ can mean many different things, to many different people. Home can be an ‘ideal’ and a ‘reality’, both an ‘actual’ and ‘remembered’ journey, which occurs across time, places and spaces, and can relate to feelings, practices and identities (Mallett, 2004:69)*.
This project gives due attention to the different ways in which home and homelessness may be embodied and imagined by people across the sexual spectrum, because sexuality has received far less attention than other social markers of identity in research on home and homelessness.
The researchers are looking for people to take part by either participating in a focus group or undertaking an individual interview.
*Mallett, S. (2004). Understanding home: a critical review of the literature, The Sociological Review, 52:62-89.