Out-of-Placeness of Homelessness by Eva Tessza Udvarhelyi, Budapest

Out-of-Placeness of Homelessness by Eva Tessza Udvarhelyi, Budapest
Tessza Udvarhelyi, PhD
cultural anthropologist & environmental psychologist
board member, School of Public Life
Head of Community Participation Office, Municipality of the 8th District of Budapest

I have been thinking a lot about the way in which homelessness has become the ultimate “out-of-placeness” in the context of the pandemic. Staying in a mass shelter (where homeless people are usually forced to stay) is deadly, while living on the streets is against the law and against public health guidelines. The political resistance by various Hungarian governments to address the housing crisis for the past decades is culminating in this terrible situation when those who do not have access to private space are completely out of context, out of place and the “system” is obviously completely paralyzed and does not know what to do with them.

Tessza Udvarhelyi, PhD
cultural anthropologist & environmental psychologist
board member, School of Public Life
Head of Community Participation Office, Municipality of the 8th District of Budapest

 

 

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