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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/151406
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Moving on from Homelessness: Counterstories from the Hostel Circuit
Abstract:
Moving on from Homelessness: Counterstories from the Hostel Circuit
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2006
Author:Kirkpatrick, Helen B., MScN, MEd, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:McMaster University
Title:Assistant Clinical Professor
This narrative study explores the experience of ?moving on? from homelessness for individuals with major mental illnesses, after they have obtained permanent housing with supports. The three-dimensional narrative inquiry space was used for analysis of the participants? experiences (Clandinin & Connelly, 2000). Narrative inquiry provides a valuable method to understand individual experience, specifically because each person?s journey is unique, but individual stories are developed within a social context. Twelve participants were interviewed up to three times over six months. There were various routes to homelessness, participants were homeless for varying lengths of time, and they described different journeys of ?moving on?. This presentation examines these stories as counter-narratives to negative and oppressive societal master-narratives. Master-narratives oppress by deprivation of opportunity and by infiltrated consciousness. Counterstories can challenge oppressive master-narratives through altering the oppressors? perception of the group and altering, when necessary, an oppressed person?s self perception. Several participants wanted their stories used to send messages of hope, courage and survival. The experience of homelessness for many could be described as ?on the move?, in a circular pattern from shelter to shelter or street because of government policies. Permanent housing and supports allowed participants to ?move on?, reconnecting with family, getting jobs and planning for the future. This presentation will focus on one particular participant?s experiences: a nurse, a severe mental illness, and no permanent address for 25 years. Being on the ?hostel circuit? he thought he was living the Life of Riley. This presentation will consider how a negative societal narrative affected him, and what helped him to ?move forward? after such a long period of time. His is a counterstory and he asked me, ?Do you think the government will listen?? This presentation is one part of taking his story forward to challenge existing master-narratives.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleMoving on from Homelessness: Counterstories from the Hostel Circuiten_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/151406-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Moving on from Homelessness: Counterstories from the Hostel Circuit</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Kirkpatrick, Helen B., MScN, MEd, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">McMaster University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Clinical Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">hkirkpat@mcmaster.ca</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">This narrative study explores the experience of ?moving on? from homelessness for individuals with major mental illnesses, after they have obtained permanent housing with supports. The three-dimensional narrative inquiry space was used for analysis of the participants? experiences (Clandinin &amp; Connelly, 2000). Narrative inquiry provides a valuable method to understand individual experience, specifically because each person?s journey is unique, but individual stories are developed within a social context. Twelve participants were interviewed up to three times over six months. There were various routes to homelessness, participants were homeless for varying lengths of time, and they described different journeys of ?moving on?. This presentation examines these stories as counter-narratives to negative and oppressive societal master-narratives. Master-narratives oppress by deprivation of opportunity and by infiltrated consciousness. Counterstories can challenge oppressive master-narratives through altering the oppressors? perception of the group and altering, when necessary, an oppressed person?s self perception. Several participants wanted their stories used to send messages of hope, courage and survival. The experience of homelessness for many could be described as ?on the move?, in a circular pattern from shelter to shelter or street because of government policies. Permanent housing and supports allowed participants to ?move on?, reconnecting with family, getting jobs and planning for the future. This presentation will focus on one particular participant?s experiences: a nurse, a severe mental illness, and no permanent address for 25 years. Being on the ?hostel circuit? he thought he was living the Life of Riley. This presentation will consider how a negative societal narrative affected him, and what helped him to ?move forward? after such a long period of time. His is a counterstory and he asked me, ?Do you think the government will listen?? This presentation is one part of taking his story forward to challenge existing master-narratives.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:01:18Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:01:18Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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