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The Value of Homelessness: Managing Surplus Life in the United States

Craig Willse


It is an easy assumption that social service programs and social scientific studies respond to homelessness after the fact, attempting to understand and prevent it. This book, however, argues that homelessness is an effect of social services and sciences, which shape not only what counts as homelessness, but also what will be done about it. Drawing from many years of work experience in homeless advocacy and activist settings, as well as interviews conducted with program managers, counselors, and staff at homeless services organizations in New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, and Sea ... More

Keywords: homelessness, housing insecurity, biopower, neoliberalism, Department of Housing and Urban Development, social welfare, state racism, welfare state, urban capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816693474
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816693474.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craig Willse, author
George Mason University