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Hobos, hustlers, and backsliders : homeless in San Francisco

Author: Teresa Gowan
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Gowan shows some of the diverse ways that men on the street in San Francisco struggle for survival, autonomy, and self-respect. Living for weeks at a time among homeless men--working side-by-side with them as they collected cans, bottles, and scrap metal; helping them set up camp; watching and listening as they panhandled and hawked newspapers; and accompanying them into soup kitchens, jails, welfare offices, and  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Teresa Gowan
ISBN: 9780816648696 0816648697 9780816669677 0816669678
OCLC Number: 475453762
Description: xxiv, 340 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Urban ethnography beyond the culture wars --
Managing homelessness in the United States --
The street : watch out, San Francisco! Ain't gonna get no peace --
Moorings : some other kind of life --
Word on the street : no one loves a loser --
The new hobos --
Rabble management : like I need more drugs in my life? --
The homeless archipelago : a little room for myself --
The old runaround : class cleansing in San Francisco --
The road to Nowheresville.
Responsibility: Teresa Gowan.
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Gowan shows some of the diverse ways that men on the street in San Francisco struggle for survival, autonomy, and self-respect. Living for weeks at a time among homeless men--working side-by-side with them as they collected cans, bottles, and scrap metal; helping them set up camp; watching and listening as they panhandled and hawked newspapers; and accompanying them into soup kitchens, jails, welfare offices, and shelters--Gowan immersed herself in their routines, their personal stories, and their perspectives on life on the streets. She observes a wide range of survival techniques, from the illicit to the industrious, from drug dealing to dumpster diving. She also discovered that prevailing discussions about homelessness and its causes--homelessness as pathology, homelessness as moral failure, and homelessness as systemic failure--powerfully affect how homeless people see themselves and their ability to change their situation.

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"This elegantly written and clearly analyzed long-term ethnography of homelessness takes off where Righteous Dopefiend ends. Teresa Gowan offers the reader a comprehensive analysis of the full range Read more...

 
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