New Book on Homelessness

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From Mary L. Schuster, Professor Emerita, University of Minnesota: I am pleased that my latest book, Homeless Voices: Stigma, Space, and Social Media, is out from Lexington Press (Rowman & Littlefield), and I thank Kenny Fountain, Amy Koerber, Brian Larson, Ryan Berg, and Blake Scott for their endorsements! In the book, I  argue that the best sources for how to address issues of homelessness are people experiencing homelessness themselves, particularly as they express their experiences through personal blogs and memoirs. I discuss how space and land have been historically denied to marginalized communities who still feel the effects to this day, and I examine the conditions and limitations of common spaces often assigned to those experiencing homelessness, culminating in an analysis of how the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected homelessness. I also focus on two vulnerable groups that often experience homelessness: victims of domestic violence and unaccompanied youth, particularly those who struggle with gender identity and unstable housing. This book includes a variety of case studies, examining public meetings and court decisions, public policy symposiums, and personal interviews, and ultimately finds that intersectionality—specifically age, race, gender identity, and ethnicity—plays a large part in understanding and experiencing homelessness. By shifting our attention to the diverse voices who experience homelessness themselves, I claim that we can finally begin to remedy this crisis. The book is available for a 30% discount if you use the code LXFANDF30 at the Press website:

Categories: Book, Announcement
Keywords: Homelessness