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Making Better Lives: Hope, Freedom and Home-Making among People Sleeping Rough in Paris

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Making Better Lives

Hope, Freedom and Home-Making among People Sleeping Rough in Paris

Johannes Lenhard

184 pages, 10 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-367-1 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (May 2022)

eISBN 978-1-80073-368-8 eBook

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“The book is very timely as there haven’t been many ethnographic monographs published on homelessness in recent years despite homelessness growing considerably in many Western countries. In my view, the monograph makes several original contributions to the literature on homelessness.” • Jennifer Hoolachan, Cardiff University

“This is an excellent book that provides a comprehensive account of homeless persons in Paris and its neighboring areas. The book offers a lot of new and insightful lines of thought and analysis on this important and timely subject matter, with the text working well as a whole to convey the main ideas and observations involved.” • Robert Desjarlais, Sarah Lawrence College


In this ethnographic study, Johannes Lenhard observes the daily practices, routines and techniques of people who are sleeping rough on the streets of Paris. The book focusses on their survival practises, their short-term desires and hopes, how they earn money through begging, how they choose the best place to sleep at night and what role drugs and alcohol play in their lives. The book also follows people through different institutional settings, including a homeless day centre, a needle exchange, a centre for people with alcohol problems and a homeless shelter.

Johannes Lenhard is an ethnographer of venture capital and homelessness and currently the Centre Coordinator of the Max Planck Centre Cambridge for the Study of Ethics, the Economy and Social Change.

Subject: Anthropology (General) Sociology Urban Studies
Area: France


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