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Picturing the poor: fundraising and the depoliticisation of homelessness

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Johan Andersson, Gill Valentine

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-74
Number of pages17
JournalSocial & Cultural Geography
Issue number1
Published2 Jan 2015

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In this paper, we discuss the role images play in attracting charitable donations in an English homeless shelter. Focusing in particular on two image-based projects which feature service-users (one series of black-and-white still photography and one series of film clips posted on YouTube), we draw on interviews with fundraisers and the homeless participants themselves to discuss how they motivated their involvement and what impact they hoped the images would achieve. We conclude by providing some snapshots of how earlier images produced in the shelter have been circulated.

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