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Geographies of Privacy: A Study on Homeless Persons´ Perceptions of Privacy in Stockholm
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study attempted to elucidate the meaning of privacy as it occurred in lived experience of fifteen homeless people visiting in a day center in Stockholm and to identify the strategies that they employed to achieve privacy. It adopted qualitative and phenomenological methods, and produced a thematic structure with three key themes. These were; View from the street experienced as difficulty to achieve and perceive privacy from the context of streets; displacement; experienced as feelings of insignificance and outsiderness due to constant exposure on the streets and independence experienced as possibility to conduct autonomous decisions and practice control over one's space. Further these themes are used as a dialogue and a tool for analysis with four elements of individual privacy; solitude, intimacy, anonymity and reserve. The study provided a clearer understanding of the meaning of privacy from the homeless person's point of view. Further it may ponder implications for the services provided for the homeless people.

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2017. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
Homelessness, privacy, phenomenology, citizenship
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Social Sciences Social and Economic Geography Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-139400OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-139400DiVA: diva2:1071944
Available from: 2017-02-08 Created: 2017-02-08Bibliographically approved

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