[URBANTH-L]Reader on the Anthropology of Homelessness

Greg Tanaka gtanaka at pacificoaks.edu
Tue Feb 24 14:54:03 EST 2009

If you all haven't done this already, you may want to check out the
dissertation on "Street Youth" by Cindy Cruz (UCLA, 2006). It is quite
compelling and the methodology and epistemology sections are quite

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From: urbanth-l-bounces at lists.ysu.edu
[mailto:urbanth-l-bounces at lists.ysu.edu] On Behalf Of Jahmeilah Roberson
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 9:24 AM
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,
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 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
>> The Sophia server rejects emails at times. Should your mail to me get
>> returned, please resend to: dhslater at gmail.com. Sorry for the  
>> inconvenience.
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