The book uses Athens as a case study to identify the key features of urban anti-poverty policies in Greece and to discuss them in relation to policy developments in the crisis-ridden countries of Southern Europe. The idea of contested landscapes shapes the focus of the book on urban poverty and homelessness. Contested landscapes refer to the complex dynamics between visible and invisible poverty and to competing strategies on how to address them. The book takes a path-dependent view on the development of post-welfare arrangements, devolution, and pluralism that are being shaped by both neoliberal mentality, solidarity and communitarian practices. The authors draw on their own research and advocacy background in New York and Athens to shape their conceptual and methodological tools; however, rather than uncritically 'importing' North American and North European concepts to Greece, the book highlights the significance of distinctive Mediterranean features for analysing homelessness and anti-poverty policies. This will be a useful read for academics policy makers in areas of urban studies, sociology, social policy, human geography and anthropology.
Vassilis P. Arapoglou is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Crete, Greece. His research concentrates on poverty, residential segregation, the integration of migrants in cities, and urban social policies from a comparative perspective.
Kostas Gounis is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Crete, Greece. His research, initially undertaken in New York City, has dealt with homelessness, the survival strategies of the new urban poor and the role of psychiatry and mental health policy in addressing urban social problems.
Acknowledgements.- List of Tables.- List of Figures.- List of Maps.- List of Acronyms.- Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: Landscapes of homelessness and poverty in North American and European cities.- Chapter 3: Poverty and homelessness during the Great Recession and its aftermath.- Chapter 4: Contested landscapes of homelessness in Athens.- Chapter 5: Welfare state rescaling and austerity since 2011.- Chapter 6: Landscapes of emergency: roll-with poverty management?.- Chapter 7: Problematising emergency and poverty management.- Chapter 8: Landscapes of hope, experiments with community care.- Chapter 9: Reflections and policy implications.