Inequality, Poverty, and Neoliberal Governance: Activist Ethnography in the Homeless Sheltering Industry

Inequality, Poverty, and Neoliberal Governance: Activist Ethnography in the Homeless Sheltering Industry

by Vincent Lyon-Callo

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551116037
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 08/31/2004
Series: Teaching Culture: UTP Ethnographies for the Classroom Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Vincent Lyon-Callo is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Western Michigan University. He also worked in homeless shelters in Connecticut and Massachusetts throughout most of the 1990s. His work on poverty, neoliberal policies, and the possibilities of an activist ethnography has been published in a wide range of academic journals and volumes.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction Poverty and Homelessness 9

Chapter 1 The Political-Economic Context 25

Chapter 2 Medicalizing Homelessness 49

Chapter 3 Shelter Statistics and the Silencing of Systemic Concerns 73

Chapter 4 The Non-Compliant Homeless: Ariel's Story 83

Chapter 5 Defining the Role of the Sheltering Industry 109

Chapter 6 Helping Homeless Youth 127

Chapter 7 Managing Homelessness 135

Chapter 8 Reflections on an Engaged Ethnography 153

References 175

Index 183

What People are Saying About This

Susan Greenbaum

In short, this is a terrific book. Lyon-Callo's descriptions shatter stereotypes about homeless people and focus instead on the dysfunction of the system that allegedly serves them. His arguments are clear and convincing; he made me think in different ways about issues I thought I already understood.

Judith Goode

With a masterful blend of theory, sophisticated ethnographic analysis and personal commitment, Lyon-Callo achieves his ambitious goal. Moving way beyond the usual focus on the homeless, he conveys a clear, convincing, and grounded understanding of the complex processes which produce policies, professional expertise, and popular 'common sense,' and [which] ultimately constrain the subjectivities of guests and staff in a homeless shelter.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
A very unique perspective on homelessness that should be interesting to anyone concerned with this pressing problem. The focus on the difficulties facing staff as they try to determine how to respond in useful ways that might have a chance to decrease homelessness helped me think about new ways to do my job. This book should be read by anyone working on homelessness or interested in social inequality in the United States today.