Research report 2019 - Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Intimacy without privacy – being unhoused in Germany
Schneider, Luisa T.
Abteilung ‚Recht & Ethnologie‘
SummaryMore and more people are becoming unhoused and dependent on state support. My research addresses the need to include basic human rights in the development of a tailor-made aid system. Ethnographic research with those affected shows that fundamental rights to privacy and intimacy are linked to tenancy-protected housing and can therefore not be fully enjoyed by people without such housing. This knowledge about the life of unhoused people can be used to ensure respect for fundamental rights and to enhance the effectiveness of the aid system.