Summary: Social Exclusion Discourse On Homelessness

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While it is crucial to consider social exclusion discourse on homelessness, Sheedy (2015) critiques that focus on social exclusion of the poor at an individual level diverts the attention away from allocation of resources and redistribution of wealth. In other words, focus on improving experiences of socially marginalised groups such as people who are homeless and helping them to reintegrate into the society are vital but this appears to address just the symptoms of poverty rather than socio-economic causes of poverty (Sheedy, 2015). According to sociologist Herbert Gans, “the prime obstacles to the elimination of poverty lie in economic system that is dedicated to the maintenance and increase of wealth among the already affluent” (as cited
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