Healing Home: Health and Homelessness in the Narratives of Young Women

By Vanessa Oliver

© 2012

Based on research that was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal, Healing Home is an exploration of the lives and health of young women experiencing homelessness. Vanessa Oliver employs an innovative methodology that blends sociology and storytelling practices to investigate these women’s access to health services, their understandings of health and health care delivery, and their health-seeking behaviours. Through their life stories, Oliver demonstrates how personal and social experiences shape health outcomes.

In contrast to many previous studies that have focused on the deficits of these young people, Healing Home is both youth-centric and youth-positive in its approach: by foregrounding the narratives of the women themselves, Oliver empowers a sub-section of the population that traditionally has not had a voice in determining policies that shape their realities. Applying a strong, articulate, and systemic analysis to on-the-ground narratives, Oliver is able to offer fresh, incisive recommendations for health and social service providers with the potential to effect real-world change for this marginalized population.

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  • Page Count: 296 pages
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Applying a strong, articulate, and systemic analysis to on-the-ground narratives, Oliver is able to offer fresh, incisive recommendations for health and social service providers with the potential to effect real-world change for this marginalized population.

Healing Home: Health and Homelessness in the Narratives of Young Women

By Vanessa Oliver

© 2012

Based on research that was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal, Healing Home is an exploration of the lives and health of young women experiencing homelessness. Vanessa Oliver employs an innovative methodology that blends sociology and storytelling practices to investigate these women’s access to health services, their understandings of health and health care delivery, and their health-seeking behaviours. Through their life stories, Oliver demonstrates how personal and social experiences shape health outcomes.

In contrast to many previous studies that have focused on the deficits of these young people, Healing Home is both youth-centric and youth-positive in its approach: by foregrounding the narratives of the women themselves, Oliver empowers a sub-section of the population that traditionally has not had a voice in determining policies that shape their realities. Applying a strong, articulate, and systemic analysis to on-the-ground narratives, Oliver is able to offer fresh, incisive recommendations for health and social service providers with the potential to effect real-world change for this marginalized population.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “Healing Home is a book of high quality on all dimensions – theoretical, methodological, substantive, and technical. Vanessa Oliver’s focus on ‘homeless’ young women in Canada, as well as her provision of space for them to tell their stories, is unique: despite the ever-proliferating literatures on homelessness, even feminist researchers have paid very little attention to youth who are inadequately housed or note housed at all, and considerably less attention has been devoted to female than to male youth in that situation. Oliver is to be commended for conducting this much-needed, groundbreaking exploratory study that will provide a solid foundation for future research on ‘homeless’ young women. She makes a compelling case for the urgent need for decision-makers at all levels to elicit the perceptions, experiences, and recommendations of those who will be targeted by their legislation and policies.”
    Dorothy Chunn, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University
  • Author Information

    Vanessa Oliver is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Mount Allison University.
  • Table of contents

    Table of Contents

    Preface: A Room of One’s Own

    I. “The Story Behind the Story”: An Introduction

    II. “Once Upon A Time”: Storying Feminist Theory in Neoliberal Times

    III. “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman…Soon”: A Narrative Project

    IV. “Girls Aloud”: Narratives and Self-Stories: Savannah; Danika; Erin; Jean; Radha; Faith & Raven; Arielle

    V. “Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice”: Age, Space, Gender and Health

    VI. “Seen and Not Heard”: Negotiating Health and Wellness

    VII. “Begging for Change”: Barriers, Facilitators and Implications

    VIII. “Living in a Material World”: Challenges and Change

    IX: “A Journey of a Thousand Miles”: One Conclusion

    Youth Resources List

    References