Invisible Victims: Homelessness and the Growing Security Gap

By Laura Huey

© 2012

Despite Western society's preoccupation with safety and protection, its most vulnerable members still lack access to the level of security that many of us take for granted. In this trailblazing study, Laura Huey illustrates the issue of a ‘security gap’ faced by increasing homeless populations: while they are among the most likely victims of crime, they are also among the least served by existing forms of state and private security.

Invisible Victims presents the first comprehensive, integrated study of the risks faced by homeless people and their attempts to find safety and security in often dangerous environments.  Huey draws not only on current debates on security within criminology, but also on a decade’s worth of her own field research on the victimization and policing of the homeless. A theoretically and empirically informed examination of the myriad issues affecting the homeless, Invisible Victims makes a compelling case for society to provide necessary services and, above all, a basic level of security for this population.

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Invisible Victims presents the first comprehensive, integrated study of the risks faced by homeless people and their attempts to find safety and security in often dangerous environments.

Invisible Victims: Homelessness and the Growing Security Gap

By Laura Huey

© 2012

Despite Western society's preoccupation with safety and protection, its most vulnerable members still lack access to the level of security that many of us take for granted. In this trailblazing study, Laura Huey illustrates the issue of a ‘security gap’ faced by increasing homeless populations: while they are among the most likely victims of crime, they are also among the least served by existing forms of state and private security.

Invisible Victims presents the first comprehensive, integrated study of the risks faced by homeless people and their attempts to find safety and security in often dangerous environments.  Huey draws not only on current debates on security within criminology, but also on a decade’s worth of her own field research on the victimization and policing of the homeless. A theoretically and empirically informed examination of the myriad issues affecting the homeless, Invisible Victims makes a compelling case for society to provide necessary services and, above all, a basic level of security for this population.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 192 pages
  • Illustrations: 9
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.7in x 9.4in
  • Reviews

    ‘Thought-provoking and very readable book.’
    Stephen Metraux
    European Journal of Homelessness, vol 6:02:2012

    ‘Presenting a wide range of material in a highly readable, accessible manner, Invisible Victims will appeal to a diverse readership, including policymakers and practitioners involved in welfare and criminal justice agencies. Particularly engaging is the wealth of ethnographic detail that Laura Huey provides from her own fieldwork, which she integrates very well with commentary on and analysis of the relevant academic literature.’
    Julia Wardhaugh, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Bangor University

    Invisible Victims is a significant contribution to research on homelessness, victimization, and security. By featuring the voices of homeless citizens, as well as police and service providers, from cities ranging from San Francisco to Toronto to Edinburgh, Laura Huey brings the topic to life for researchers, students, and general readers.’
    Gregg Barak, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Eastern Michigan University
  • Author Information

    Laura Huey is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction: The Invisible Victim

    Chapter 1 Security and Citizenship

    Chapter 2 Homelessness and Criminal Victimization

    Chapter 3 State-based Security

    Chapter 4 Self-protection Strategies

    Chapter 5 Security through Others

    Chapter 6 Security and the Homeless Citizen

    Chapter 7 Equalizing Security

    Appendix: Research Methods

    References

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