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Martin Stanoev

Homeless People as Stigma Holders and Recipients of Help


The article analyzes the current situation in social work with the homeless in the country and proposes appropriate procedures for social work in dealing with this target group. It is based on the results of looking at social work practice and theoretical and empirical studies of homelessness. The theoretical starting point is the concept of stigma by E. Goffman. The article deals with the case work in the context of the structural conditions of this activity. The author understands a group of homeless people as a group of “marginal people among the marginal”.


homelessness, stigma, self-reflective methodology, social contract, social work

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