Journal article

At the Intersection of Invisibilities: Canadian women, homelessness and health outside the 'big city'

Carolyn Whitzman

GENDER PLACE AND CULTURE | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2006

Abstract

This article explores the concept of 'invisibility' in relation to women, homelessness and health in Ontario, Canada. While popular images of homelessness continue to focus on older men with mental illness and/ or addictions issues, the proportion of women without secure, affordable shelter continues to rise. The stereotypes of homelessness also have a spatial component, with the incorrect assumption that housing affordability crises are concentrated in the centres of large cities. There is a third aspect to 'invisibility': the tendency of the traditional medical model of health care to ignore the interrelated physical and emotional impacts of stress among women who make up the majority of t..

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