Out Of Place / Edition 1

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Discusses the impact of inner city redevelopment programs and policies on the homeless and shows the methods used (civil protests, squatting, and legal advocacy) by the homeless to organize a tactical resistance to restructuring efforts. Presents case studies of two different types of homeless organized resistance groups in Chicago and San Jose.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


Introduction: Out of Place

Talking Homeless, Walking Poor
Constructing the Homeless, Deconstructing the "Poor"
Academic Segmentation of Homeless Bodies
Boundary Work and "Speaking for Others"

1. Social-Physical Space, Socal Imaginaries, and Homeless Identities

Social Imaginary Significations and Everyday Life
The Production of Space and the Location of Identity in Everyday Life
The "Fixing" of Partial Truths, Difference, Identities, and Bodies in Space
Gendered and Racialized Bodies: the "Other" and Social-Physical Space
Degeneracy, Moral Worth, and the "Scaling of Bodies"
Social-Physical Space, Social Imaginaries, and the City

2. Urban Redevelopment Visions, Social Imaginaries, Polarized Topographies

Economic Restructuring, Downsizing, and Homelessness
City Redevelopment Strategies: Inclusion or Exclusion?
Culture and Images of Redevelopment
Polarized Topographies, Spatial Hierarchies

Producing/Consuming Pleasure Spaces
Producing/Consuming Refuse Spaces
Producing/Consuming Functional Spaces

Zoned and Redeveloped Exclusions and Dispersions

3. Making Pleasure and Refuse: Chicago and San Jose


Changing Chicago Visions
Polarized Topographies I: The Near South Side/South Loop
Polarized Topographies II: The Near West Side

San Jose

Problematic Economics
Polarized Topographies: Housing, Race, Redevelopment
Changing San Jose Visions
New Pleasure Spaces: The Guadalupe River Park Project and the Downtown Plan
Exclusive Redevelopment: Dispersing the Poor

4. Authoritative Strategies, Borders, and Homeless Containment

Institutional, Cultural, and Market Exclusions
Homeless Social and Cultural Assimilations
Street and Store: Exclusions and Repressions
Political and Media Displacements
Shelters and Surveillance: Exclusion, Assimilation, and Containment

5. Homeless Mobilizations and Spatial Resistances

The University and Homeless Mobilization: The Student-Homeless Alliance
Community Groups and Homeless Mobilization: Tranquility City

6. Homeless Placemaking, Collective Identity, and Collective Action

Resistant Heterotopias: Site and Community

The Bridge
The Catacombs
Tranquility City

SHA and Hut Dweller Differences from Other Homeless Populations
Collective and Individual Gains

7. Conclusions

Challenging the Disappearance of Jobs, Housing, and Health Care
Challenging City Redevelopment Strategies
Service-Learning: A Pedagogy to End Homelessness?
Individual versus Collective Empowerment

Appendix: San Jose's Housing Shortage




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