Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness
Amster explores the historical and contemporary implications of homelessness as a social and spatial problem, drawing upon academic disciplines and policy concerns ranging from urban geography to legal advocacy. Homeless people find themselves in a struggle to preserve places that are theoretically open to everyone regardless of status. Urban spaces in particular manifest a complex ecology comprised of people, culture, architecture, technology, and the natural environment, expressed through gentrification, redevelopment, and privatization. In this ecology, homeless people are criminalized for performing basic activities such as sitting or sleeping. These trends are evident across the U.S. and internationally, linking local issues with wider forces of globalization.
19 pages matching benches in this book
Results 1-3 of 19
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
activists activities anarchist anti-homeless appear Arizona Republic arrested behavior benches broken windows Centerpoint challenge citizens city council city of Tempe civil commercial court create crime criminalization cultural Dignity Village Disneyfication dominant Don Mitchell downtown area downtown Tempe economic enforcement Ferrell Food Not Bombs forces Foscarinis gentrification global homeless homeless communities human issues likewise living Lofland merchants Mill Avenue Mill Rats Mitchell Neil Giuliano neoliberalism NLCHP noted observed officers outreach parks particular person perspective Phoenix political private property private security problem processes programs protest public sidewalk public space Randall Amster recent redevelopment residents resistance Rod Keeling sense shelter sidewalk law sidewalk ordinance sidewalk sitting sit-in slackers sleeping social society spatial strategies surveillance survival Tempe City Jail Tempe police Tempe's themes town transient trend urban camping urban ecology vagabond