Fixed in Mobility: Young Homeless People and the City


This article argues that although the lives of young homeless people are characterized by high levels of mobility, when examined closely movement is also revealed as heavily restricted. While a network of agencies moves the young people around the city, the official borders of borough councils and the non‐official territories of young people feed into an experience of London as a series of exclusionary bounded areas. Within the accounts of the young people, mobility is talked of as a resource but also in terms of loss and dislocation. The article argues for going beyond the opposition of mobility/fixity in order to examine how some people become fixed in mobility.