[URBANTH-L]Reader on the Anthropology of Homelessness

James Phillips PhillipJ at sou.edu
Thu Feb 12 14:25:02 EST 2009

If you are looking for films, look up "Bums' Paradise," a film about a
homeless encampment on a landfill in Albany, California, across the bay
from San Francisco.  The homeless residents come from all social
classes, some of them have advanced degrees (the narrator and
script-writer was a homeless resident of this encampment who has an M.
A. from UC Berkeley), and all of them are artists that create art,
sculpture,and monuments from junk and waste, and write poetry.  The
producer, director, and editor (not homeless) is Tomas McCabe, a
freelance film producer who is also the distributor, I think.   It is
not a traditional "ethnographic" film, but something close.  My students
always find it engaging and eye-opening. 

James Phillips
Southern Oregon University 

>>> "Glasser, Irene" <iglasser at rwu.edu> 2/11/2009 6:01 AM >>>
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
Organization, Disruption, Political Mediation, and Framing.
                - Identity Work Among the Homeless: The Verbal
and Avowal of Personal Identities.

        Tim Cresswell (he's a professor in Geography at the University
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
               - The Tramp in America (book)

        Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos (she's a professor of design
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.


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
>> 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
>> The Sophia server rejects emails at times. Should your mail to me
>> returned, please resend to: dhslater at gmail.com. Sorry for the
>> inconvenience.
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