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With No Direction Home: Homeless Youth on the Road and In the Streets 1st Edition

Marni Finkelstein

  • Published
  • 160 Pages

Overview

This book gives voice to the homeless youth and is rich with material on their everyday lives, including living conditions and street experiences. The case study's strength lies in its ethnographic methodology, which combines direct observations and qualitative interviews. Ethnography is particularly important in describing populations and social environments that are hidden from normal observation, and is indispensable when exploring emerging phenomena, such as the formative fictive kin networks among street youth, or new ways of looking at drug addiction. Finkelstein discusses her own experiences with the street kids, including how she was able to develop a rapport within the "street scene."

Marni Finkelstein, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center

Marni Finkelstein is currently an adjunct professor John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and works as the Senior Research Associate Vera Institute of Justice, both in New York City. She received her doctorate in social/cultural anthropology from the New School for Social Research in 2001. Finkelstein also holds a Masters degree in journalism as well as social/cultural anthropology. The author spent two summers conducting field research in New York City and has included especially rich interview material and personal observations. As an anthropologist, her work focuses primarily on urban populations at risk. In addition to her research with street kids, she has conducted ethnographic studies on substance abuse, adolescence in the New York City foster care system, and victims of sexual assault. She lives, works, and teaches in New York City.
Preface.
1. Who Are Street Kids.
2. Meeting the Street Kids.
3. Leaving Home.
4. Socialization to the Streets and the Formation of Peer Networks.
5. Going on the Road.
6. Subsistance.
7. Substance Use and Abuse.
8. Victimization and Violence.
9. Leaving the Streets.
10. Summary and Conclusions.