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The Value of HomelessnessManaging Surplus Life in the United States$
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Craig Willse

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816693474

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816693474.001.0001

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Housing and Other Monsters

Housing and Other Monsters

(p.1) Introduction Housing and Other Monsters
The Value of Homelessness

Craig Willse

University of Minnesota Press

The introduction argues that conceptualizations of homelessness directly shape social responses to housing needs. Rather than an accepted category, the introduction proposes that “homelessness” must be understand as an effect of policy and discourse which often obscure rather than alleviate racialized forms of poverty and inequality that produce housing insecurity. The introduction also proposes a method of “the diagram,” which offers models for describing power that refuse accepted boundaries of objects, knowledge formations, and locations.

Keywords:   homelessness, housing policy, racialized poverty, social welfare, state racism, welfare state, urban capitalism, biopower

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