Where Have All the Homeless Gone?: The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis
" . . . provides a rare and well-documented view inside the world of under-housed men in New York City . . . [It] is an interesting and convincing ... Show synopsis " . . . provides a rare and well-documented view inside the world of under-housed men in New York City . . . [It] is an interesting and convincing book." . H-Urban For a decade, from 1983 to 1993, homelessness was a major concern in the United States. In 19994, this public concern suddenly disappeared, without any significant reduction in the number of people without proper housing. By examining the making and unmaking of a homeless crisis, this book explores how public understandings of what constitutes a social crisis are shaped. Drawing on five years of ethnographic research in New York City with African Americans and Latinos living in poverty, Where Have All the Homeless Gone? reveals that the homeless "crisis" was driven as much by political misrepresentations of poverty, race, and social difference, as the housing, unemployment, and healthcare problems that caused homelessness and continue to plague American cities. Anthony Marcus is an urban anthropologist from New York City, currently a senior lecturer in International Development at the University of Melbourne in Australia. He has done research in New York, Havana, Mexico City, and Nairobi and published extensively in anthropology and American history.