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Homeless in Las Vegas : stories from the street

Author: Kurt Borchard
Publisher: Reno : University of Nevada Press, [2011] ©2011
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The homeless men and women represented in this book speak candidly about their plight, its origins, and the many obstacles to escaping it. They discuss the unique challenges and opportunities that Las Vegas' focus on tourism, indulgence, and diversion offers its homeless residents. This compelling and emotionally charged ethnography counters many of the stereotypes of homeless men and women, revealing the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kurt Borchard
ISBN: 9780874178371 0874178371
OCLC Number: 671541677
Description: xi, 239 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Operating in the space between homelessness and tourism: Ron and Ricky --
In the rough: Jessi --
Confronting aggression, pride, and need in former convicts: Kevin --
Living outside the mainstream with chronic alcoholism: Bruce and Alaska --
The disconnect of mental illness: Paul, Melissa, and Cory --
Dealing with the iron cage of bureaucracy: Gary --
Homeless, not criminal: Jack --
Recently dislocated: Chuck --
Avoiding centralized programs and shelters: Karen and Dave --
Maintaining friendships: Marco and Manny --
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"The homeless men and women represented in this book speak candidly about their plight, its origins, and the many obstacles to escaping it. They discuss the unique challenges and opportunities that Las Vegas' focus on tourism, indulgence, and diversion offers its homeless residents. This compelling and emotionally charged ethnography counters many of the stereotypes of homeless men and women, revealing the remarkable diversity of their circumstances. It also offers their perspectives on social services and civic attitudes toward homelessness." -- Amazon.com.

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"Few ethnographers can carry off the honesty and flexibility of Borchard's narrative. This is far and away one of the best written journeys through homelessness and all of its machinations-personal, Read more...

 
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