Monday, February 11, 2013

Homelessness: NIMBYism

Posted: 11 Feb 2013 07:02 AM PST
NIMBY is the abbreviation of the phrase, “Not In My BackYard.” It is a term used to describe the negative emotional reaction that some of us experience when we fear that other people, who belong in a group other than the group to which we align ourselves, may live near or among us. NIMBYism is the term used as a noun as in the sentence, “Group homes for people with severe mental challenges are not welcome in this neighborhood because of the NIMBYism of its residents.” The focus of NIMBYism can be any race, economic class or any basis upon which similarly situated people can be distinguished from other groups. The online Merriam-Webster Dictionary states that the first known use of this term was in 1980. However, the negative emotional response to people unlike ourselves living in our neighborhoods developed long before its use in everyday parlance. Read more……..

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