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Where Have All the Homeless Gone?

The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis

Anthony Marcus

180 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-050-2 $120.00/£75.00 Hb Published (December 2005)

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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

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, Where Have All the Homeless Gone? 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.

Anthony Marcus is an urban anthropologist from New York City, currently a senior lecturer in International Development at the University of Melbourne in Australia. He has done research in New York, Havana, Mexico City, and Nairobi and published extensively in anthropology and American history.

Series: Volume 1, Dislocations

LC: HV4506.N6 M37 2005

BISAC: SOC019000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Methodology; SOC026030 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Sociology/Urban; SOC026000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Sociology/General

BIC: JHM Anthropology; JHB Sociology

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Introduction: Where Have All the Homeless Gone?

Chapter 1. Who Are the Homeless, Really?
Chapter 2. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Performance of Homelessness
Chapter 3. New York City and the Historiography of Homelessness
Chapter 4. The Poverty of Poverty Studies
Chapter 5. Shelterization: In the Land of the Homeless
Chapter 6. Doin’ It in the System
Chapter 7. The Black Family and Homelessness
Chapter 8. Housing Panic and Urban Physiocrats
Chapter 9. American Thatcherism: The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis


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