Reckoning with Homelessness

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Cornell University Press, 2003 - Social Science - 271 pages
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"It must be some kind of experiment or something, to see how long people can live without food, without shelter, without security."—Homeless woman in Grand Central Station

Kim Hopper has dedicated his career to trying to address the problem of homelessness in the United States. In this powerful book, he draws upon his dual strengths as anthropologist and advocate to provide a deeper understanding of the roots of homelessness. He also investigates the complex attitudes brought to bear on the issue since his pioneering fieldwork with Ellen Baxter twenty years ago helped put homelessness on the public agenda.

Beginning with his own introduction to the problem in New York, Hopper uses ethnography, literature, history, and activism to place homelessness into historical context and to trace the process by which homelessness came to be recognized as an issue. He tells the largely neglected story of homelessness among African Americans and vividly portrays various sites of public homelessness, such as airports. His accounts of life on the streets make for powerful reading.

 

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In this compelling volume, research scientist and lecturer Hopper (Kline Inst. for Psychiatric Research; Columbia Univ.) argues that "it is time for the ethnography of homelessness to extend itself ... Read full review

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In this compelling volume, research scientist and lecturer Hopper (Kline Inst. for Psychiatric Research; Columbia Univ.) argues that "it is time for the ethnography of homelessness to extend itself ... Read full review

Contents

This Business of Taking Stock
3
Unearned Keep From Almshouse to Shelter in New York City
25
Ethnography in the Annals of Homelessness
57
Streets Shelters and Flops An Ethnographic Study of Homeless Men 19791982
60
The Airport as Home
117
Out for the Count The Census Bureaus 1990 SNight Enumeration
131
Homelessness and African American Men
147
Negotiating Settlement Advocacy for the Homeless Poor in the United States 19801995
175
Limits to Witnessing From Ethnography to Engagement
204
Notes
219
References
241
Index
269
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