Tracer son chemin : la transition à la vie adulte des femmes ayant expérimenté l'itinérance

Authors: Lapointe, Frédérique
Advisor: Fontaine, Annie
Abstract: Some groups of the homeless population are identified as particularly vulnerable. Women and young adults are part of them. In addition to being specifically affected by certain forms of adversity when they are on the streets, these minority fringes of homelessness are rarely represented in social policies and are not included in the numbers regarding this phenomenon. The purpose of this research is to put forward the experience of transition to adulthood of women who experience, or have experienced, homelessness. Drawing on the intersectional socioconstructionist perspective, this study sought to shed light on their path and understanding of their situation, while highlighting the mechanisms of oppression and the strategies of resistance. Using a narrative approach, this qualitative research was conducted through individual interviews with five young women. Thus, each of these women's unique pathways as well as the similarities and differences between their respective situations were analyzed to better understand their similar and variable experiences of homelessness during the pathway of adult life. The results describe journeys made of departures, new encounters and decision-making leading to various income and housing situations. Beyond the interpretations they make of their experiences, the participants shed light on the oppression mechanisms they face, including various forms of exclusion and violence, as well as the strategies they employ to improve their lives.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2019
Open Access Date: 14 December 2019
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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