“Hey, I’ve Got a Voice Too!” Narratives of Adversity, Growth and Empowerment
Keywords:Empowerment, Narrative, Social and economic justice, Homelessness, Community psychology
AbstractThe present study explored meanings of “empowerment” from bottom-up perspectives. Sixteen low-income individuals experiencing homelessness and related forms of economic adversity participated. Participants reported experiencing empowerment, but also adversity, for example discrimination and ongoing poverty. Results are discussed in a broader societal context, with recommendations made for professionals interested in social and economic justice. Suggestions include enhanced inter-agency partnerships for underserved communities, investment in concepts such as workforce development, and increased opportunities for change through policy reform.
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