The Annihilation of Space by Law: The Roots and Implications of Anti‐Homeless Laws in the United States

@article{Mitchell1997TheAO,
  title={The Annihilation of Space by Law: The Roots and Implications of Anti‐Homeless Laws in the United States},
  author={Don Mitchell},
  journal={Antipode},
  year={1997},
  volume={29},
  pages={303-335}
}
There is a link between changes in the contemporary political economy and the criminalization of homelessness. Anti-homeless legislation can be understood as an attempt to annihilate the spaces in which homeless people must live, and perform everyday functions. This annihilation is a response to the economic uncertainty produced by the current political economy. The process of criminalizing homelessness 1) destroys the very right of homeless people to be; and 2) reinforces particularly brutal… Expand
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