[URBANTH-L]Reader on the Anthropology of Homelessness

M. A. G. zapallorojo at hotmail.com
Wed Feb 18 00:59:16 EST 2009

A good primer on homelessness is Hopper's Reckoning with Homelessness (2003).A book at the center of the debate over the definition of homelessness is Rossi's Down and Out in America (1989)Two ethnographies with a Feminist perspective are:The Women Outside; Golden (1992).
The Unequal Homeless; Passaro (1996).
Two geographers that use ethnographic methods:Wolch & Dear, Malign Neglect (1993).
Dear & Wolch, Landscapes of Despair (1987).
Other works:Checkerboard Square, Wagner (1993).Young and Homeless in Hollywood, Ruddick (1996).
Out of Place, Wright (1997).
Something Left to Loose, Dordick (1997).Love, Sorrow and Rage, Waterston (1999) - Great for the classroom.
Where Have the Homeless Gone? Marcus (2006).
These are some works that I did not see in the previous e-mails.
Hope it helps.
Alfredo Gonzalez

> Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 14:25:02 -0800
> From: PhillipJ at sou.edu
> To: jahmeilah.richardson at gmail.com; kflan at mindspring.com; iglasser at rwu.edu
> Subject: RE: [URBANTH-L]Reader on the Anthropology of Homelessness
> CC: d-slater at sophia.ac.jp
> CC: URBANTH-L at lists.ysu.edu
> 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
> Anthropology
> 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
> 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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