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Braving the Street

The Anthropology of Homelessness

Irene Glasser and Rae Bridgman

146 pages, 8 charts, 12 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-096-0 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (April 1999)

ISBN  978-1-57181-097-7 $24.95/£17.00 Pb Published (April 1999)

eISBN 978-1-78238-157-0 eBook


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“This slim, useful book ... is suitable for students ... The fairly tight North American focus allows for great accuracy and detail, and the Canadian material is especially interesting, because Canadian social policy is less well known than that of the United States, and seems far more progressive on homelessness.”   ·  The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

"[The authors] present key themes from the available literature in a way that affords policy makers and other practitioners access to what it is that anthropology has to offer in thinking about and responding to homelessness on a day-to-day, ground level. In this endeavor, [the book] is supremely successful."   · American Anthropologist

As homelessness continues to plague North America and also becomes more widespread in Europe, anthropologists turn their attention to solving the puzzle of why people in some of the most advanced technological societies in the world are found huddled in a subway tunnel, squatting in a vacant building, living in a shelter, or camping out in an abandoned field or on a beach. Anthropologists have a long tradition of working in poverty subcultures and have been able to contribute answers to some of the puzzles of homelessness through their ability to enter the culture of the homeless without some of the preconceptions of other disciplines.

The authors, anthropologists from the U.S.A. and Canada, offer us an analysis of homelessness that is grounded in anthropological research in North America and throughout the world. Both have in-depth experience through working in communities of the homeless and present us withthe results of their own work and with that of their colleagues.

Irene Glasser has widely published on homelessness and has been Professor of Anthropology at Eastern Connecticut State University, specializing in urban, applied, and medical anthropology. Since 1994 she has also been Director of Canadian Studies.

Rae Bridgman is Research Associate at the Department of Social Anthropology of York University, Canada.

Series: Volume 1, Public Issues in Anthropological Perspective
Subject: Urban Studies General Anthropology
Area: North America

LC: HV4505 .G53 1999

BL: YC.1999.a.6666

BISAC: SOC045000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Poverty & Homelessness; SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural

BIC: JFFB Housing & homelessness; JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography




Contents

List of Tables and Figures, Photos and Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Preface

Chapter 1. An Introduction to Homelessness and Anthropological Perspectives
Chapter 2. Patterns of Homelessness
Chapter 3. Explaining Homelessness
Chapter 4. Surviving the Streets
Chapter 5. Pathways Out of Homelessness
Chapter 6. Concluding Thoughts

Bibliography

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