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The Forgotten in Democracy: Homelessness and Voting in Toronto

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dc.contributor.advisor Sheldrick, Byron
dc.contributor.author Kopec, Anna
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-21T19:51:08Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-21T19:51:08Z
dc.date.copyright 2017-04
dc.date.created 2017-04-13
dc.date.issued 2017-04-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10317
dc.description.abstract This thesis is an investigation of the political participation of the homeless in Toronto, Canada. Whether or not the homeless in Toronto vote, the factors that influence their decision to vote, and the societal and structural impediments that exist to their participation are specifically examined. Qualitative interviews were conducted with the homeless, service providers, politicians, and election agencies in Toronto. This research revealed the interest and knowledge of politics among the homeless and the vital role that service providers and institutions serving the homeless play in the political engagement and process of voting for homeless citizens. An apparent disjunction between election agencies, politicians, and service providers also acted as an impediment to voting for the homeless. The barriers found in this research contribute to the literature on political participation that often disregards the homeless, and exhibit the systemic impediments that the homeless face to practicing their democratic right to vote. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject homelessness en_US
dc.subject Voting en_US
dc.subject voting behaviour en_US
dc.subject political participation en_US
dc.subject poverty en_US
dc.subject democracy en_US
dc.title The Forgotten in Democracy: Homelessness and Voting in Toronto en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Political Science en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Political Science en_US
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