[URBANTH-L]Reader on the Anthropology of Homelessness

Calliope77 at aol.com Calliope77 at aol.com
Wed Feb 11 17:13:51 EST 2009

Hi David, 
I sent this out yesterday but wasn't sure if I copied to listserve, so I am  
resending. Sorry, if everyone got a duplicate:
I don't know if this is exactly what you are looking for in terms of  
research on the homeless, but I published a book a few years ago based on  
ethnographic research I conducted among homeless, nomadic street youth in New  York 
City. The book is called, With No Direction Home: Homeless Youth on the  Road and 
in the Streets. There is not much in terms of cross-cultural  comparisons. 
However, in my concluding chapters, I do discuss homeless street  kids in a 
global context. Take care.
Marni Finkelstein, Ph.D.

In a message dated 2/11/2009 3:33:29 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
wintam at ucdavis.edu writes:

Dear  David,

If you haven't received these suggestions already, I'd like to  also add
Mitchell Durnier's Sidewalks about unhoused men in NY and Mike  Davis'
Fortress LA (in City of Quartz) and Planet of Slums, which takes a  look at
neoliberal globalism changes city landscapes into privatized spaces  of
capital accumulation.  Also Neil Smith's books on gentrification in  cities
across the world talk about displacement of working-class people  from urban

Good luck on your class,


On  Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 6:01 AM, Glasser, Irene <iglasser at rwu.edu>  wrote:

> Here are some of my contributions to works (first three are  books, the rest
> articles) on vulnerable and homeless  populations:
> Glasser, Irene and Rae Bridgman (1999) Braving  the Street: Anthropological
> Perspectives on Homelessness, New York and  Oxford: Berghahn Books.
> Glasser, Irene Homelessness in Global  Perspective (1994) New York: G.K.
> Hall Reference, A Division of  MacMillan, Inc.
> Glasser, Irene More Than Bread: Ethnography of  a Soup Kitchen (1988)
> Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama  Press.
> Glasser, Irene and William Zywiak (2003) "Homelessness  and Substance Use: A
> Tale of Two Cities" Substance Use and Misuse  Volume 38, number 3-6, March
> 2003, 553-578.
> Glasser,  Irene (2003) "Homeless Families" International Encyclopedia of
>  Marriage and Family, second edition, 816-822.
>  ________________________________________
> From: Irene Glasser  [GlasserI at crtct.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 8:50  AM
> To: Glasser, Irene
> Subject: FW: [URBANTH-L]Reader on the  Anthropology of Homelessness
>  ________________________________________
> From:  urbanth-l-bounces at lists.ysu.edu [urbanth-l-bounces at lists.ysu.edu] On
>  Behalf Of Jahmeilah Roberson [jahmeilah.richardson at gmail.com]
> Sent:  Tuesday, February 10, 2009 12:23 PM
> To: kflan at mindspring.com
>  Cc: David Slater; URBANTH-L at lists.ysu.edu
> Subject: Re:  [URBANTH-L]Reader on the Anthropology of Homelessness
> I am  also interested in the same issues. Over the past month I have
> begun  to undertake an ethnographic study of homeless populations in
> Southern  California's Los Angeles and Orange Counties. I'm really
> interested in  issues of ownership as it spans across the spaces they
> inhabit as well  as the digital and non-digital material artifacts they
> carry. In  general, being that I'm in an Informatics department, I am
> interested  in the relationship between technology and social inclusion
> for  marginalized communities with an emphasis on the homeless.
> I  have begun to collect some papers and books but could always use
> more.  Here are some of the best I've found:
>        David  Snow (he's a professor in Sociology at my university, UCI, and
> has  done extensive research on homelessness in the US)
>       - Down on their Luck (book)
>   - The Outcomes of Homeless  Mobilization: The Influence of
> Organization, Disruption, Political  Mediation, and Framing.
>             - Identity Work Among the Homeless: The Verbal  Construction
> and Avowal of Personal Identities.
>   Tim Cresswell (he's a professor in Geography at the  University of
> London and has done extensive research on mobility  sometimes relating
> to tramps)
>         - Embodiment, Power and the Politics of Mobility:  The Case of
> Female Tramps and Hobos
>         - Night discourse: producing/ consuming meaning on  the street
>               - The  Tramp in America (book)
>        Maria  Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos (she's a professor of design at
> the  University of Sao Paulo. Most of her writing is in Portuguese but
> she  has a really interesting paper where she studied the homeless in
> Los  Angeles, Tokyo, and Sao Paulo so there may be some good references
> in  there especially related to homelessness in Tokyo (or Japan in
>  general). She studies the way the homeless recycle and reuse materials
>  and the artifacts they create in this process.
>       - The Vital Package Living on the Streets  in Global Cities:
> Sao
> Paulo, Los Angeles and  Tokyo
> I also have a few papers related to consumption  practices of the
> homeless that have come out of economics departments  and what not.
> Feel free to ping me separately if you have questions. I  have spoken
> with both David and Maria and can say that in my  experiences David is
> slightly harder to get in touch with via email  and Maria is really
> quick to respond.
> Best,
>  jam
> --
> Jahmeilah Richardson Roberson
> PhD  Student
> Department of Informatics
> University of California,  Irvine
> On Feb 9, 2009, at 4:49 PM, kflan at mindspring.com  wrote:
> > You might be interested in the work of Louisa  Stark. She's an urban
> > anthropologist (was teaching as an adjunct  anthropology professor at
> > Arizona State University, but I'm not  sure if that's still the case
> > with all the recent budget woes and  staff cuts at ASU) and is the
> > executive director for the  Community Housing Partnership in Phoenix,
> > Arizona (a nonprofit  concerned with helping very low-income families
> > find and secure  affordable housing).
> >
> > A good portion of her  anthropological research, professional work,
> > and activism has  centered on various homelessness issues (mostly in
> > the United  States), so you might want to do Web and online library
> > searches  for her articles, books, etc.
> >
> > --Kerri  Flanagan
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> >>  From: David Slater <d-slater at sophia.ac.jp>
> >> Sent: Jan  21, 2009 2:50 AM
> >> To: URBANTH-L at lists.ysu.edu
> >>  Subject: [URBANTH-L]Reader on the Anthropology of Homelessness
>  >>
> >> Hello Everyone,
> >>    I am  teaching a fieldwork course on Tokyo Homeless--which a
> >> large  and
> >> growing problem in neoliberal Japan. I am looking for a  reader on the
> >> cross-cultural issues, including research, of  homelessness. Has
> >> anyone used
> >> one with any  particular success?
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >>  David
> >>
> >>
> >> --
> >>  David H. Slater
> >> Faculty of Liberal Arts
> >>  Sophia University, Tokyo
> >>
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> >> returned,  please resend to: dhslater at gmail.com. Sorry for the
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Winnie Tam Hung
AAUW American Dissertation Fellow 2008-9
PhD  Candidate, Graduate Group in Cultural  Studies
wintam at ucdavis.edu

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