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At Home in the City: reflections on theoretical and methodological approaches to contemporary homeless heritage (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Rachael R M Kiddey.

The Homeless Heritage project (2009-2013) was a collaborative public archaeology project that sought to document contemporary homelessness from the perspective of homeless people in two British cities, Bristol and York. This paper draws on case studies from the Homeless Heritage project and expands upon a paper given at SHA 2013 (Leicester) when fieldwork was in its concluding phase. Three years on, this paper reflects upon the theoretical and methodological challenges that were present and...


"But We Are Not Broken": Practices of Home in San Francisco Bay Area Homeless Encampments (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Ann Danis.

This is an abstract from the "Archaeologies of Immigration and Refugee Resettlement" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. In January 2018 United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Leilani Farha visited Oakland, CA homeless encampments. Farha reportedly remarked, "every person I spoke to today has told me, 'we are human beings.’ But if you need to assert to a UN representative that you are a human, well, something is seriously wrong." The...


"The city is my home": homelessness as resistance to institutionalisation (2013)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Rachael R M Kiddey.

Archaeological analysis of successive ‘home’ spaces created by homeless people enables the documentation of increased privatisation and surveillance within the cities of Bristol and York and reveals the divisive effect they have on social interactions. Using maps, photographs and oral testimonies from homeless people, this paper examines how ‘home’ spaces are grilled off and monitored and asks what this means for the future of ‘public’ spaces. Through subtle negotiations with gatekeepers and...


Crack Method: Community, Mutual Aid, and Appropriation in Washington D.C.’s Homeless Encampments (2020)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Aaron Howe.

This is an abstract from the session entitled "Historical Archaeology of Capitalism’s Cracks" , at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Using a methodology developed within Capitalism’s cracks I weave together the past, present and future realties of Washington D.C.’s street homeless communities. The mutual aid developed within these communities has proven to reproduce alternative social relations. Appropriating, rather then consuming, the waste spaces and...


Ephemeral Urban Structures and the Archaeology of Homelessness (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Courtney E Singleton.

This is an abstract from the "Urban Erasures and Contested Memorial Assemblages" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. As urbanism emerged in the United States so too did contemporary forms of homelessness. Urban homelessness, a phenomenon defined by transience and ephemerality, is omnipresent within the modern urban landscape. Homelessness is an issue few politicians dare to address and a "social problem" that no one seems to be able to clearly...


Identifying Transient Sites in the Archaeological Record (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Mark Walker.

A central problem in constructing an archaeology of transient populations is identifying the archaeological signatures of these populations. For example. transient sites look very much like refuse deposits and usually lack a firm historical association. In this paper, I focus on rural transients in California, and, using a sample of previous recorded sites, present preliminary research on distinguishing potential transient sites from other rural deposits. This research does not offer any silver...


Investigating alternative subsistence strategies among homeless individuals in University, Hillsborough County, Florida (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Matthew Rooney.

Homelessness is one of the most pressing social and political issues of our time. At least 570,000 people in the United States currently experience homelessness, and at least 175,000 of these live in unsheltered locations, which implies both exposure to weather and inadequate access to drinking water and sanitation resources. Most rehabilitation programs focus on returning such individuals to "normal" productive society, but research shows that many have abandoned wage labor and are instead...


Reflections From the Street: Current practices of collaboration and co-authorship in the contemporary archaeology of homelessness project. (2013)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Courtney E Singleton. Milford Weeks.

Collaboration between archaeologists and stakeholders has the potential to radically transform a research project. This paper examines the collaborative relationships formed between archaeologists and Davidson Street Bridge Homeless Camp residents working on the archaeology of homelessness in Indianapolis, Indiana. Through the process of co-authorship we reflect on the current structures and views of collaboration both theoretically and practically, we examine the strengths and weaknesses of the...


A Sympathetic Connection: The role of sympathy in an archaeology of contemporary homelessness (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Courtney E Singleton.

Sympathy is a sentiment that involves the recognition of self in another on the grounds of similitude. For archaeologists sympathy is an important concept as it is materially based and allows for communication across various boundaries of difference. Most scholars tend to focus on the body and embodied experience as the grounds for sympathetic connection. However, archaeologists can evoke sympathy in the marked absence of bodies in order to connect across spatial, temporal, and social boundaries...


Unroofed, Uprooted, and Unapologetic: Homelessness in Washington D.C. from 1890-1930 (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Aaron J Howe.

Homelessness is a historically contingent condition of the Capitalist Mode of Production. Yet, it is often constructed as a contemporary problem arising from individual failures and misfortunes. Historically, homelessness has proven to be a fluid category, defying institutional definitions and mitigative strategies. In this paper, I explore the socio-economic phenomena of homelessness in Washington D.C. from ca. 1890-1930. Public and private institutions dedicated to converting the homeless into...