Princeton University Library Catalog

Hobos, hustlers, and backsliders : homeless in San Francisco / Teresa Gowan.

Author:
Gowan, Teresa [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2010.
Description:
xxiv, 340 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Summary note:
Gowan shows some of the diverse ways that men on the street in San Francisco struggle for survival, autonomy, and self-respect. Living for weeks at a time among homeless men--working side-by-side with them as they collected cans, bottles, and scrap metal; helping them set up camp; watching and listening as they panhandled and hawked newspapers; and accompanying them into soup kitchens, jails, welfare offices, and shelters--Gowan immersed herself in their routines, their personal stories, and their perspectives on life on the streets. She observes a wide range of survival techniques, from the illicit to the industrious, from drug dealing to dumpster diving. She also discovered that prevailing discussions about homelessness and its causes--homelessness as pathology, homelessness as moral failure, and homelessness as systemic failure--powerfully affect how homeless people see themselves and their ability to change their situation.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 315-328) and index.
Contents:
Urban ethnography beyond the culture wars -- Managing homelessness in the United States -- The street : watch out, San Francisco! Ain't gonna get no peace -- Moorings : some other kind of life -- Word on the street : no one loves a loser -- The new hobos -- Rabble management : like I need more drugs in my life? -- The homeless archipelago : a little room for myself -- The old runaround : class cleansing in San Francisco -- The road to Nowheresville.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
  • 9780816648696 (hc : acid-free paper)
  • 0816648697 (hc : acid-free paper)
  • 9780816669677 (pb : acid-free paper)
  • 0816669678 (pb : acid-free paper)
LCCN:
2010007699
OCLC:
475453762
RCP:
C - S