Working with the Homeless: The Case of a Non-Profit Organisation in Shanghai

This article takes a two-pronged approach, investigating social issues surrounding homelessness alongside the dynamic of state-society relations in contemporary China. This relationship is a complex one, and researchers use a case study of a non-profit organization working with private and public organizations to examine the transformation of the status of people experiencing homelessness in Shanghai. 

This study posits that homelessness as a less-discussed and less visible issue in Chinese cities was substantially due to exclusionary institutions, such as the combined household registration and 'detention and deportation' systems. 

Citing public policy shifts in 2003, the authors argue that the NPO sector in China now has the potential to enhance longer-term support and enable active citizenship for people experiencing homelessness.

Publication Date: 
2012
Publisher(s): 
White Rose Research Online
Pages: 
373-387
Volume: 
27
Issue: 
4
Journal Name: 
Local Economy
Location: 
China