Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

MA in Sociology


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Anthony Rodriguez

Second Advisor

Judith DeSena


The United Nations plays a major role in creating, changing, and challenging international discourse on social inequities and injustices. Homelessness has historically been an underrepresented social problem within the UN system. To date, no official definition has been established. How has discourse on homelessness been shaped at the UN, if no official definitions have been established? What are the implicit meanings that representatives have used over the years? Homelessness was ignored for many years at the United Nations, and when it was talked about it was described vaguely. How was the discourse on homelessness created and how has is changed? This study examines the culture of discourse production within the UN by focusing on the ways it has understood “homelessness” as a social issue.

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