Street People and the Contested Realms of Public Space

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LFB Scholarly Pub., 2004 - Law - 235 pages
Amster studies the social and spatial implications of homelessness in America. Increasingly, commentators have lamented the erosion of public space, charting its decline along with the rise of commercialization and privatization. A result is the criminalization of homelessness, a phenomenon revealed here through participant observations, informal conversations, and in-depth interviews with street people, city officials, and social service providers. Amster explores the interconnections among: (i) the impetus of development and gentrification; (ii) the enactment of anti-homeless ordinances and regulations; (iii) the material and ideological erosion of public space; (iv) emerging forces of resistance to these trends; and (v) the continuing viability of anti-systemic movements.

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Randall Amster, J.D., Ph.D., is Director of the Program on Justice and Peace at Georgetown University, and serves as Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. His articles have appeared in journals including "Peace Review", " Contemporary Justice Review", and the "Journal of Sustainability Education", and he has been a regular contributor to online publications including "Common Dreams", "Huffington Post", and "Truthout". Among his works in the field of peace studies are the co-edited volumes "Building Cultures of Peace: Transdisciplinary Voices of Hope and Action" (2009) and "Exploring the Power of Nonviolence: Peace, Politics, and Practice"(2013).

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