There's No Place like Home: Anthropological Perspectives on Housing and Homelessness in the United States

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M. RORY BOLGER is instructor of anthropology at Wayne County Community College in Detroit, Michigan, and Social Planner V with Detroit's City Planning Commission. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Wayne State University, where he concentrated on urban kinship and community, cultural ecology, and Mesoamerica. He is principal author of Detroit's ordinances defining and regulating emergency shelters for the homeless and single room occupancy housing. Recession in Detroit: Strategies of a Plantside Community and the Corporate Elite summarizes his doctoral research. An article, "Ethnic Identity and Assimilation-- 7 Generations of an Irish-Canadian Lineage," was published in Central Issues in Anthropology, May 1985.

ANNA LOU DEHAVENON received her Ph.D. degree in anthropology from Columbia University in 1978. She serves as project director for the Action Research Project on Hunger, Homelessness, and Family Health in New York City which she founded, as adjunct assistant professor of anthropology in community medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, City University of New York, Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at City College (CUNY), and Visiting Professor of Anthropology at the Center for the Study of Administration of Relief in New Delhi, India. Her research on New York City's oppressed classes extends over two decades. Dehavenon has published widely in scholarly and popular venues concerning the causes of poverty in the United States. In 1988, she convened the Task Force on Poverty and Homelessness of the American Anthropological Association with Delmos Jones.

JANET M. FITCHEN received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Cornell University in 1973. She was professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Ithaca College until her untimely death after a brief illness with brain cancer in

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Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Contemporary Urban Studies ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables and Figures ix
  • Prologue: Azdak Lives xi
  • Notes xiv
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Introduction xvii
  • Conclusion xx
  • 1: Poverty and Homelessness in Rural Upstate New York 1
  • Introduction 1
  • Summary and Recommendations 13
  • Conclusion 16
  • Notes 16
  • 2: The 1990 Decennial Census and Patterns of Homelessness in a Small New England City 19
  • Introduction 19
  • Summary and Recommendations 30
  • Conclusion 33
  • Note 33
  • 3: Doubling-Up: A Strategy of Urban Reciprocity to Avoid Homelessness in Detroit 35
  • Introduction 35
  • Summury and Recommendations 46
  • Conclusion 48
  • Notes 48
  • 4: Doubling-Up and New York City's Policies for Sheltering Homeless Families 51
  • Introduction 51
  • Summary and Recomendations 63
  • Conclusion 64
  • Conclusion 65
  • 5: A Home by Any Means Necessary: Government Policy on Squatting in the Public Housing of a Large Mid-Atlantic City 67
  • Introduction 67
  • Summary and Recommendations 76
  • Conclusion 78
  • Notes 78
  • 6: Huts for the Homeless: A Low- Technology Approach for Squatters in Atlanta, Georgia 81
  • Introduction 81
  • Summary and Recommendations 100
  • Conclusion 102
  • 7: Piety and Poverty: The Religious Response to the Homeless in Albuquerque, New Mexico 105
  • Introduction 105
  • Summary and Recommendations 114
  • Conclusion 116
  • Conclusion 117
  • 8: Suburban Homelessness and Social Space: Strategies of Authority and Local Resistance in Orange County, California 121
  • Introduction 121
  • Summary and Recommendations 140
  • Conclusion 141
  • Conclusion 142
  • 9: "There Goes the Neighborhood": Gentrification, Displacement, and Homelessness in Washington, D.C. 145
  • Introdution 145
  • Summary and Recommendations 160
  • Conclusions 162
  • Conclusions 163
  • Conclusion 165
  • Epilogue: A Perilous Bridge 175
  • References 177
  • Index 193
  • Contributors 203
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