Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Continuities of violence and vulnerability: An ethnographic study of supportive housing for the homeless
by MacKay-Tisbert, Tully, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 134; 1527984
Abstract (Summary)

Research on homelessness has tended to be divided theoretically between looking at personal pathology and emphasizing structural forces, but both have focused on street and shelter life. While there is a growing consensus in Anthropology that research should place homelessness within structural context, homelessness continues to be framed within the discourse of medicalization. This discourse continues into supportive housing programs for the formerly homeless, an area that has not yet been focused on much in research.

Based on ethnographic research conducted at Lamp Community in Los Angeles, California this thesis examines the continuity of struggle and vulnerability that continues even once the homeless are placed in supportive housing. It explores how this vulnerability has structural origins and how various levels of subjective and objective violence play out in the course of people's lives to maintain that vulnerability. By reuniting the issues of extreme poverty and homelessness, current measures to address homelessness are called into question.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Quintiliani, Karen
Commitee: Hytrek, Gary, Lyon-Callo, Vincent
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Mental health, Social work
Keywords: Applied anthropology, Homelessness, Housing First, Lamp Community, Los Angeles, Structural violence, Supportive housing
Publication Number: 1527984
ISBN: 978-1-303-98508-9
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