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- DescriptionDesjarlais shows us t anymous faces of the homeless but real people. While it is estimated that 25 percent or more of America's homeless are mentally ill, their lives are largely unkwn to us. What must life be like for those who, in addition to living on the street, hear voices, suffer paraid delusions, or have trouble thinking clearly or talking to others. Shelter Blues is an invative portrait of people residing in Boston's Station Street Shelter. It examines the everyday lives of more than 40 homeless men and women, both white and African-American, ranging in age from early 20s to mid-60s. Based on a sixteen-month study, it draws readers into the personal worlds of these individuals and, by addressing the intimacies of homelessness, illness, and abjection, picks up where most scholarship and journalism stops. Robert Desjarlais works against the grain of media representations of homelessness by showing us t anymous stereotypes but individuals. He draws on conversations as well as observations, talking with and listening to shelter residents to understand how they relate to their environment, to one ather, and to those entrusted with their care. His book considers their lives in terms of a complex range of forces and helps us comprehend the linkages between culture, illness, personhood, and political agency on the margins of contemporary American society. Shelter Blues is unlike anything else ever written about homelessness. It challenges social scientists and mental health professionals to rethink their approaches to human subjectivity and helps us all to better understand one of the most pressing problems of our time.
- Author BiographyRobert Desjarlais teaches anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College and is the author of Body and Emotion: The Aesthetics of Illness and Healing in the Nepal Himalayas, also published by Penn.
- Author(s)Robert R. Desjarlais
- PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Date of Publication01/08/1997
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleContemporary Ethnography
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Content Note7 illus
- Weight472 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine18 mm
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