On Early View: Emily Meanwell’s “Profaning the Past to Salvage the Present”

Drawing on Mead and Goffman’s work Emily Meanwell has produced an interesting study that elaborates on the trouble homeless people have in creating a self that is seen as “morally worthy of help” and therefore will be allowed to stay in a shelter while at the same time trying to maintain a positive concept of self. Her article based on an analysis of narratives has just been published on Early View.

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