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What do you think about it? Perception of homelessness among online forum users

Špela Dovžan (2011) What do you think about it? Perception of homelessness among online forum users. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    Homelessness is a relatively new phenomenon in our social environment. Some people encounter it daily, establishing their view of it on the basis of experience, existing information and conversations with others. The predominant public opinion dictates the attitude of the society towards a certain phenomenon, including the measures taken in the political and, indirectly, the professional sphere. The focus of interest in my diploma have been the views and perceptions of homelessness among the users of the internet forums, with the aim to discover in which way, prompted by which topics and through what kind of discourses this group conceived and discussed homelessness. The teoretical introduction presents some concepts associated with homelessness, homelessness (its definition and forms in which it manifests itself, its causes, some predominant characteristics of the homeless, the especially endangered groups, and the status quo as regards homelessness in our country) as well as ways in which people form their image of the world, the conception of homelessness included. The empirical part of the diploma analyses 321 internet entries discussing homelessness. The analysis of the entries significantly illustrates the conception of homelessness, based on stereotyped images, opening up opportunities for new measures aiming at sensibilizing, informing and raising awareness of the public.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: poverty, social exclusion, homelessness, perception of homelessness, prejudice, construction of reality, internet forums
    Number of Pages: 152
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Špela RazpotnikMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9084233)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 568
    Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 07:41
    Last Modified: 11 Jan 2012 07:41
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/568

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