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Where have all the homeless gone? : the making and unmaking of a crisis

Author: Anthony Marcus
Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2006.
Series: Dislocations, v. 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For a decade, from 1983 to 1993, homelessness was a major concern in the United States. In 1994, this public concern suddenly disappeared, without any significant reduction in the number of people without proper housing. By examining the making and unmaking of a homeless crisis, this book explores how public understandings of what constitutes a social crisis are shaped. Drawing on five years of ethnographic research  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Marcus
ISBN: 1845450507 9781845450502 1845451015 9781845451011
OCLC Number: 62282744
Description: x, 166 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : where have all the homeless gone? --
1. Who are the homeless, really? --
2. good, the bad, and the ugly : the performance of homelessness --
3. New York City and the historiography of homelessness --
4. poverty of poverty studies --
5. Shelterization : in the land of the homeless --
6. Doin' it in the system --
7. black family and homelessness --
8. Housing panic and urban physiocrats --
9. American Thatcherism : the making and unmaking of a crisis.
Series Title: Dislocations, v. 1.
Responsibility: Anthony Marcus.

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For a decade, from 1983 to 1993, homelessness was a major concern in the United States. In 1994, this public concern suddenly disappeared, without any significant reduction in the number of people without proper housing. By examining the making and unmaking of a homeless crisis, this book explores how public understandings of what constitutes a social crisis are shaped. Drawing on five years of ethnographic research in New York City with African Americans and Latinos living in poverty, Marcus reveals that the homeless “crisis” was driven as much by political misrepresentations of poverty, race, and social difference, as the housing, unemployment, and healthcare problems that caused homelessness and continue to plague American cities. – from publisher information.

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..".provides a rare and well-documented view inside the world of under-housed men in New York City... [It] is an interesting and convincing book." H-Urban

 
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