Enterprising With The Socially Marginalised - A case study of Hus Forbi's impact on the dominant Danish discourse of homelessness

Amalie Elizabeth Thune Andersen, Sif Rantzau Klemp, Rasmus Hansen & Kai Roland Green

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This project explores homelessness as a discursive practice in Denmark, and analyses the effect that social enterprise newspaper Hus Forbi has on the dominant features of this discourse. Arguing from a post-structural ontology, and an interpretivist epistemology, the project examines Hus Forbi’s social mission and business approach through three thematic lenses: hybridity, social capital and Michel Foucault’s notion of ‘power’. These sections investigate Hus Forbi as an organisational hybrid, a generator of Robert Putnam’s notion of social capital, and an example of how institutional power protects knowledge and constructs subjectivities. This project draws from current research on governmental homeless strategies, second-hand polling data of widespread views of homelessness, and from primary interviews with Hus Forbi staff and newspaper sellers. With Hus Forbi as a case-study for successful social enterprise, and the integration of a marginalized group, this project seeks to generate critical questions regarding the role and impact of social enterprises in challenging the dominant discourse of homelessness. The project concludes that Hus Forbi’s effect is the creation of its own homeless discourse. This new discourse applies to the subject ‘salesmen of Hus Forbi’, combining dominant views of homelessness and resisting more restrictive ones.

UddannelserMaster i Socialt Entreprenørskab og Management (SEM), (Masteruddannelse) Master