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Giving voice, or taking it away?: the therapeutic limits of research


Robinson, C, Giving voice, or taking it away?: the therapeutic limits of research, Parity, 17, (9) pp. 10-11. ISSN 1032-6170 (2004) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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In this paper, I reflect on research work undertaken for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute funded project, 'Understanding iterative homelessness: The case of people with mental disorders' (for the full series of reports see In effect, the purpose of the research was to 'give voice' to homeless people with mental disorders by documenting their experiences and working to better understand and respond to these experiences. As I discuss, however, the 'noble' project of 'giving voice' to such a marginalised group can be deeply damaged if appropriate mechanisms are not developed for engaging with the messages these voices convey in the first place.

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Item Type:Professional, Refereed Article
Keywords:homelessness, qualitative research, complex trauma
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Homelessness and housing services
UTAS Author:Robinson, C (Associate Professor Catherine Robinson)
ID Code:149822
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Sociology and Criminology
Deposited On:2022-04-14
Last Modified:2022-04-20

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