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Homelessness in Lithuania: a Criminalized or Victimized Population?

Rasa Indriliunaite, from the Vytautas Magnus University, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Crime and Society,” under the title “Homelessness in Lithuania: a Criminalized or Victimized Population?”. Here is the abstract: The homeless in Lithuania is a new phenomenon and as in the other post-soviet countries are treated very ambiguous. As the group, homeless are notably geographically exposed to the process of criminalization. They may encounter members of criminal groups as a part of their everyday activity – begging in the stations and the main streets of the city, doing odd jobs in the marketplaces, etc. It is easier to police public than private spaces, and so those people who inhabit the former are most 'at risk (McConville). While they are often perceived as being dangerous and are frequently portrayed by city authorities and the mass media as a criminal class, their association with criminal society is much more sporadic than their connection to the mainstream world. Followed by conducted survey and qualitative data in 3 Lithuanian biggest cities, the presentation aims to reveal the understanding, how the (in) visibility of the homeless determines their treatment as criminals or victims.

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  • “Homelessness in Lithuania: a Criminalized or Victimized Population?”, by Rasa Indriliunaite (Proceedings)

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