In problematizing the imagery surrounding the experience of 'homelessness' for young women, this paper is founded on the premise that the processual link between social being and social consciousness-lived experience-needs to be explored. For this sample of young women, 'feeling at home' was either a present state of pathos or a future aspiration, it was not something most associated with their pasts. By listening actively to what the young women had to say about their social identity, self-concept and psychosocial well-being, it is shown that hostel life is portrayed as a stage of transition between the structured limitations of the past and their aspirations for the future.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Journal of Youth Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Aug 2000|