Services on Demand
Psicologia & Sociedade
On-line version ISSN 1807-0310
MATTOS, Ricardo Mendes and FERREIRA, Ricardo Franklin. Who do you think they are? - Representations about homeless people. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2004, vol.16, n.2, pp. 47-58. ISSN 1807-0310. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-71822004000200007.
In the rendezvous of the concept of identity as cause of the human metamorphose and the category of ideology as a way to reproduce social domination, the present article discusses the labeling of the homeless people as vagabonds, dirty people, crazy persons, dangerous or poor. This feeling shared for many ends up to legitimate the physical violence against this people, as well as a bad reference in the constitution of their personal identities. Besides this perverse symbolic universe which they're submitted, are analyzed the madness- as escape from reality, the suicide - as the material consummation of the symbolic death, and the resistance against the social transformation- as an opponent to this labeling through the fight for their rights.
Keywords : social psychology; homelessness; identity; ideology; social representations.