The making of ‘undeserving’ homeless women: a gendered analysis of homeless policy in South Korea from 1997 to 2001

The Asian Debt Crisis of 1997–2001 led to drastically higher levels of unemployment, resulting in enormous social anxiety and shock. For the first time in its history, South Korea's attention was forcibly drawn to homeless people. However, although certain homeless men who fit the category of employability and rehabilitation and homeless women were disregarded and further marginalized through specific gendered processes. Building upon ‘needs-talk’ analysis created by Nancy Fraser, this paper exposes the important role of gender norms in the making of a neoliberal welfare citizenship in South Korea, by arguing that the narratives of homeless policy administrators and shelter managers designated homeless women as ‘undeserving’ welfare citizens.

Publication Date: 
2008
Publisher(s): 
Springer Link
Pages: 
87-101
Volume: 
89
Issue: 
1
Journal Name: 
Feminist Review
Location: 
South Korea