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Rethinking Research on Forming Typologies of Homelessness

William McAllister; Mary Clare Lennon; Li Kuang

Title:
Rethinking Research on Forming Typologies of Homelessness
Author(s):
McAllister, William
Lennon, Mary Clare
Kuang, Li
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department:
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Volume:
101
Permanent URL:
Book/Journal Title:
American Journal of Public Health
Abstract:
In homelessness research and policymaking, it seems to be axiomatic that single adults experience 3 temporally based types of homelessness: chronic, episodic, and transitional. We discuss problems with the theorization of this typology and with the research design, data analysis, and time-aggregated conceptualization and measurement of temporality in the empirical work supporting the typology. To address the latter, we suggest a time-patterned approach to temporality and report a 10-group typology that differs significantly from the more familiar 3-group typology. We argue that which approach is used—and how typologies are developed more generally—should be based on theory and the uses to which typologies are put rather than on claims to being more true.
Subject(s):
Social research
Publisher DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2010.300074
Item views:
112
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