Constructed To Rot: A Critical Reflection On Homelessness / non-fiction by Bruno De Oliveira

Homelessness is more than just accommodation. Homelessness certainly involves concepts of visibility, oppression, domination and also political violence of bodies left out to rot. Given that, a sound and humane political system must combine accommodation, security, warmth, freedom and space to grow for children and couples and older people, with development and refuge and support with access to work and culture, with good relations with the community. Homeless people are under an oppressive and disempowering condition. However, the political order can’t just sacrifice people outright but they can punish them softly like a boa constrictor that suffocates its prey slowly but surely. [...] The homeless people’s suffering belongs to amusement of our political order under a game over the right of marginalised group being transformed into citizens for merely punishment and humiliation. The Public Space Protection Orders is a penalty over one’s condition suffering – it is a fine over the disempowered for being disempowered. This act allows power to fragment the homeless into sub-humans punishable for the state of utter misery. Thus, such attempt to a policy such as The Public Space Protection Orders can be seen as something that will make life in overall restored and cleaner as it is seemly acting under the justification of punishing the oppressed under a political instrument. The homeless people are being reduced to – less than the bare – under a state’s restriction over their life to be in certain places.

Market forces which are driven by self indulgent needs designing the ultimate human experiences such as intimacy, solidarity and commitment as not enough and no longer needed resulting in an ongoing emptiness and on the illusion of endless enjoyment.

Bruno comes from a poor background. He grew up in a slum in Recife, Brazil. I have seen my childhood friends consumed by drugs, by the trafficking of the former and by the lack of opportunity, and there is where my motivation comes from to argue against social oppression. Now, the author is a doctorate researcher on social inequalities as MPhil/PhD Candidate Applied Social Sciences, M.A. in Community Psychology and BA (Hons) Applied Psychology and Sociology. Finally, Bruno is a Black coffee drinker by day, coffee without milk by night and born on planet Earth (That will matter sooner then we think).

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