Professional Lives, Personal Struggles Ethics and Advocacy in Research on Homelessness

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  • Copyright: 2012-07-06
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
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This edited volume illuminates critical issues through the particular lens of homelessness, bringing together some of the leading scholars in the field from an array of disciplines and perspectives to explore this condition of marginalization and the ethical dilemmas attendant to it. In so doing, the authors provide insights into the realities and challenges of social research that will be of guidance to students, activists, practitioners, policymakers, and service providers, as well as to both novice and seasoned researchers in fields of inquiry ranging from anthropology and sociology to geography and cultural studies. Although many texts have explored the subject of homelessness in general, few have attempted to encapsulate and examine the complex process of researching the issue as a phenomenon unto itself. The issue of homelessness is one that raises myriad questions about ethics and advocacy in the minds of researchers. This volume examines the many challenges of conducting ethical research of homelessness.

Author Biography

Trenna Valado, PhD, is an applied anthropologist who works with a consulting company that aims to improve the lives of children and families through interdisciplinary research and evaluation of social service programs. Randall Amster, JD, PhD, is professor of peace studies and graduate chair of humanities at Prescott College in Arizona.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introduction: Rediscovering Homelessness … and Ourselvesp. 1
Advocacy and Identityp. 9
Social Justice, Ethics, and Advocacy in Street Research: A Personal Accountingp. 11
The Advocate Researcherp. 27
Homelessness and Dragp. 37
Writing the Streets: Dilemmas of Depictionp. 47
Relationships and Ethicsp. 61
Planning and Managing Ethical Dilemmas in Homelessness Researchp. 63
A "Buddy Researcher"? Prospects, Limitations, and Ethical Considerations in Ethnographic Research on Homeless People in Berlinp. 75
Ethics and Studying Homelessness: Tales from the Fieldp. 89
Weapons of the Weak, by the Weak, and for the Weak: Negotiating Power Between and Among Homeless Persons and Service Providersp. 103
Research and Transformationp. 117
Do We Really Need More Research on Homelessness? An Autoethnographic Exploration of Ethics, Advocacy, and Exasperationp. 119
Homelessness as ôInternal Displacement": Scholarship and Activism in Post-Katrina New Orleansp. 131
Do (No) Harm: Homelessness Research as Personal Transformationp. 149
On the Politics and Ethics of ôUsing" "the Homeless" in Social Justice Researchp. 161
Conclusion: Synthesizing the Personal and Professional: A Systematic Consideration of Ethics and Advocacy in Social Science Researchp. 177
Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 205
About the Contributorsp. 213
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