Disrupting Homelessness Alternative Christian Approaches

ISBN-10: 0800697979

ISBN-13: 9780800697976

Edition: 2011

Authors: Laura Stivers

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Disrupting Homelessness unmasks the futile assumptions of our present approaches to homelessness and suggests ways in which Christians and Christian communities can create a prophetic social movement to end poverty and homelessness. Some Christian organizations focus on fixing the person and the behaviors that contribute toward homelessness. Others promote home ownership for low-income households. Stivers criticizes both approaches and assesses to what extent these approaches buy into our culture's dominant ideologies on housing and homelessness, and whether they promote justice and liberation for the least well off. She then outlines an advocacy approach for churches to address the multiple causes of homelessness and prophetically to aim to make a home for all in God's just and compassionate community.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 4/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Structure of This Book
Solidarity with the Homeless
Placing Subjugated Lives and Voices at the Moral Center
Unraveling Social Ideologies
Examining Power, Privilege, and Social Domination
Identifying Victimization and Agency
Creating a Social Movement
Discussion Questions
Homelessness and Housing in the United States
Historical Snapshot of Homelessness and Housing
Current Understandings and Demographics of Homelessness
Causes of Homelessness
Current Situation of Housing and Homelessness
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Dominant Ideologies on Housing and Homelessness
Homeowners as Responsible and Autonomous Citizens
Homeless as Deviant and Dependent Nonpersons
Alternative Images of the Homeless
Dominant Responses to Homelessness
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Rescue and Recovery Response
Individual Behavior as Cause of Homelessness
Spiritual Transformation
Discipline to Avoid Dependency
Race and Gender Neutrality
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Low-Income Homeownership Response
Homeownership as Transformative
Ideal Family and Home
A Hand Up, Not a Handout
Changing the Consciousness of the Rich
Building Communities of Commonality
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Prophetic-Disruption Assessment and Response
Empowering Aspects of Models
Blaming the Undeserving Homeless
Uplifting the Deserving Homeowner
Minimal Structural Critique
Becoming a More Compassionate Society
Discussion Questions
A Home for All in God's Just and Compassionate Community
Building a Social Movement to End Homelessness
Congregational Listening, Educating, Advocating, and Organizing
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Notes
Selected Bibliography and Resources
Index
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