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Relational ethics meets principled practice in community research engagements to understand and address homelessness.

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Journal of Community Psychology, 50(4), 1980-1992

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This article analyses the complexities of homelessness in Aotearoa New Zealand, attributing the issue to the broader societal problems of growing inequalities and poverty.

The authors, drawing from nearly two decades of collaborative work with homeless individuals and community agencies, advocate for a principled practice rooted in relational ethics and Māori cultural concepts. Their approach emphasises the cultivation of enduring community partnerships and the importance of reciprocal relationships in developing effective local and systemic responses to homelessness. Through the lens of community psychology, the article presents case studies and exemplars that illustrate the implementation of these principles in practice. The authors argue for the necessity of embedding relational ethics and Māori principles such as manaakitanga (caring), whanaungatanga (kinship-like relationships), and kōtahitanga (unity) in addressing homelessness. This work not only contributes to a deeper understanding of homelessness but also proposes a culturally informed and ethically principled framework for addressing this pressing social issue.

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