Global Citizenship – Gned 500 – 069
Social Analysis Report
Maria Villar – 300
Chantal August – 300
Trang Pham – 300740245
Homelessness is a world wide issue that has not prejudice it can happen to anyone. It is growing yearly and faces a large amount of ignorance from all forms of society. We chose to zoom in on Down Town Toronto, which has a large homeless population that is a safety concern for both the homeless and the rest of Toronto. Homelessness is persons without stability in relation to proper housing. The individuals who might live on the streets of Toronto or stay in a shelter, abandoned buildings. Identification of the instability of an individual’s living arrangements is essential to the definition of homelessness. With this growing issue the cognitive and mental stability is greatly affected. With that said experiences on any level are proposed to be negative.
If you are not homeless you have a home and you are working and contributing your part of the structure to support the government. If you are homeless its more than likely you lost your dignity and sense of contribution. This point connects to our social analysis; we saw that this type of predicament is neoliberism society based. We decided for the point of this discussion to homelessness as a “class”. This model perpetuates homelessness because capitalism ensures that the rich get rich, poor get poorer, eliminate middle class etc., this means that neoliberalism will keep the homeless class where it is and/or expand it. Values of competition - within the homeless class, it’s no longer an economic competition; it’s a survival competition. In this case, the problem of homelessness is again being perpetuated by neoliberalism. Assumptions about human nature People can learn reason – if we interpret this, as people are able to improve, the neoliberal model supports a reduction in homelessness. This means that a government that follows this model views homeless people as those who can eventually leave their economic position. People are moral, rational, competitive, and cooperative – this applies to both how homeless people interact and possible models to use to help them. Ex, homeless people will be moral, rational and cooperate with each other but at the same time be willing to compete for resources. On that note, we can give the homeless class a second chance to pick themselves up to allow them to build skills to get back into the work force. Not only homelessness just proposes negative experiences it definitely does affect the mental health of a person. We can advocate for the homeless and reach out to gain sponsors to provide medical support for individuals that have been affect this way. This support from the community would be more beneficial than going to the government with this issue. A homeless individual who takes a minimum wage job will start to regain their dignity and respect for themselves over time. They will no longer need to live on the streets and could slowly start to provide for themselves. The question is do they really want to live on the street if you have a chance to make them better? Instead of really fighting and getting back into the system they give up because it is easier. With knowledge and having the right support system we can work to change that and make them really want to find and seek their dignity again.
As a group we concluded that volunteering to support and derive those who are homeless is a great way to start an action plan. We know its monitory within the Toronto school board to obtain 40 community service hours prior to graduating from grades 9-12. So we came up with an idea. We would allow ourselves to be perceived as a homeless person on the streets in Toronto to really walk in their shoes. We would fulfill the stereotypes held within being homeless by dressing as though we are homeless, acting as though we are homeless and feeling as though we are...
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