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ROCHA, Felipe Coura  and  OLIVEIRA, Pedro Renan Santos de. Psychology on the street: outlining new identities from the work with homeless population. Pesqui. prát. psicossociais [online]. 2020, vol.15, n.1, pp. 1-18. ISSN 1809-8908.

The existence of homeless population is a social phenomenon related to the organization of cities, especially in industrialized urban centers, and historical inequalities. In this context, Psychology has demonstrated to be a field of know-how connected with the challenges of this population, although it has been challenged in its traditional professional practice. The present research aimed to understand the practices of psychologists in the work with homeless population in the city of Fortaleza-CE, Brazil. Based on the critical-understanding qualitative methodology, the research pointed that, in the psychosocial perspective, the professional practice in this context gives place to processes of health production and subjectivities, constructing new languages and new territories through the specific realities and the singularities of individuals. Psychology has claimed to establish itself as an instrument of peripatetic know-how and to rearrange the "psychological settings" to each creative act of life production, seeking to overcome the technification of care.

Keywords : Homeless population; Psychologist's performance; Mental health.

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