Citizens Without Shelter Homelessness, Democracy, and Political Exclusion
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Description: One of the most troubling aspects of the politics of homelessness, Leonard C. Feldman contends, is the reduction of the homeless to what Hannah Arendt calls "the abstract nakedness of being human and nothing but human" and what Giorgio Agamben terms "bare life." Feldman argues that the politics of alleged compassion and the politics of those interested in ridding public spaces of the homeless are linked fundamentally in their assumption that homeless people are something less than citizens. Feldman's book brings political theories together with discussions of real-world struggles and close analyses of legal cases. In Feldman's view, the "bare life predicament" is a product not simply of poverty or inequality, but of an inability to commit to democratic pluralism. Challenging this reduction of the homeless, Citizens without Shelter examines opportunities for contesting such a fundamental political exclusion, in the service of homeless citizenship and a more robust form of democratic pluralism Feldman has in mind a truly democratic pluralism that would include a pluralization of the category of "home" to enable multiple forms of dwelling; a recognition of the common dwelling activities of homeless and non-homeless persons; and a resistance to laws that punish or confine the homeless.
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Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 2/9/2006
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
|Introduction: State Power and the Polarities of Homeless Politics|
|From Vagrancy Law to Contemporary Anti-homeless Policy|
|The Legal Construction of the Homeless as Bare Life|
|Redistribution, Recognition, and the Sovereign Ban|
|Housing Diversity and Democratic Pluralism|
|Conclusion: The Empty Tent of Citizenship|