Homeless Street Press: Historical and Contemporary Connections

  • Jessica Gerrard


There are long-held past and present connections of homelessness to unemployment and itinerant and precarious work. In this chapter, Gerrard explores these historical and contemporary connections with particular focus on homeless street press, tracing the transnational history of homeless street press from early twentieth-century US ‘hobo’ publications to the radical activist street press cultures of the 1970s and social enterprise in the 1990s. Here, Gerrard examines the ways in which homeless street press constitutes a site of learning and working for sellers. In particular, Gerrard teases out the distinctions between The Big Issue’s social enterprise and Street Sheet’s grass-roots activist approaches, exploring the diverse intentions and practices of homeless street press.


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  • Jessica Gerrard
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  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourne Graduate School of EducationMelbourneAustralia

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