Homes of the Homeless

On Studying Crisis Situations

Inga B. Kuźma

Jagiellonian University Press

Homes of the Homeless

Pub Date: January 2020

ISBN: 9788323346104

260 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $50.00£42.00

Homes of the Homeless

On Studying Crisis Situations

Inga B. Kuźma

Jagiellonian University Press

This book examines the image of home as experienced and expressed by the men and women who are affected by the crisis of homelessness and live in specialized institutions. The author presents her own experience in carrying out research in total institutions and, above all, she focuses on describing and interpreting the stories of people from homeless centers who speak about the ups and downs of their lives. The researcher draws her attention to the stereotypically idealized image of home, which shows its real face when it is seen as a social construct, taking into account the gender perspective as well as other cultural and individual contexts. The book is addressed to people who have a social sensibility; to people working with and for the men and the women who are affected by the homelessness crisis; who work and/or managed the aid centers and who are also the volunteers in different types of instutitons and associations addressed to the people in need; and to students of social science.
This book offers a comprehensive approach to the problem of homelessness. According to Inga Kuźma, homelessness occurs in our culture, inside a normal and healthy society. She examines the nature of homelessness and the real needs of people affected by this type of crisis and by actions of aid institutions. The book is a strong anthropological voice in defense of the dignity of homeless people. The author refers to the rich theoretical literature and her own ethnographic field research. It shows the phenomenon of homelessness as growing out of a particular social order, in which difference and otherness are priorities. An important and original monograph on the grounds of cultural anthropology. Adam Pomieciński, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań

About the Author

Inga B. Kuźma is a professor of cultural anthropology in the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of Culture at the University of Łódź, where she is the head of the Laboratory of Practical Anthropology and the coordinator of the Social Innovation Center. She is a member of F.E.R. Eurethno and an expert in the Housing Rights Cluster of FEANTSA.