By Benedict Giamo, Jeffrey Grunberg
Gains interviews with 9 people who talk about the standards that give a contribution to homelessness.
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Then he has to sell the trailer, and so on. Well, that is not one of these guys. The people I'm referring to have never really had anything. They are only marginally able to support themselves for periods of time. This is largely reconstruction because I do not yet have longitudinal data that will show it, but I will have the data in several months or so. GIAMO: In your book, you defined literal homelessness as not having customary access to a conventional dwelling, but, as you reveal, people who are precariously housed or connected are at risk of becoming homeless.
ROSSI: The choice of a job was not a statement about the society. As a Marxist, I thought social work was a kind of inadequate bandage. But compared to alternative jobs, it was benign, secure, and respectable. Keep in mind that the depression was a situation in which the society was really stagnating with opportunities opening up mainly in the public sector. So we looked forward to see what sort of opportunities were available to us, and we looked primarily toward civil service. Welfare work was a reasonable job, not very well paying but you could get into it on merit.
What stories do we tell ourselves, and what stories do we propose to tell others? What approaches and methods and convictions are these stories based on? And how do the homeless, and society in general, benefit from the results of such activities? Of course, such stories are not imaginary tales. They are grounded in the historical, social, and personal realities of people who are living in extremis. They also emerge from a variety of methods (historical and cultural analysis, demographic assessments, observation and interviewing, fieldwork, advocacy, psychiatric interventions, rehabilitative models, psycho-social interactions) and from simply following the drift of homelessness over time and place.
Beyond Homelessness: Frames of Reference by Benedict Giamo, Jeffrey Grunberg