Professional Lives, Personal Struggles

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

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This is the first book published that specifically examines questions of ethics and advocacy that arise in conducting research on homelessness, exploring the issues through the deeply personal experiences of some of the field's leading scholars. By examining the central queries from a broad range of perspectives, the authors presented here draw upon years of rich investigations to generate a framework that will be instructive for researchers across a wide spectrum of areas of more

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  • Hardback | 226 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739174282
  • 9780739174289

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Professional Lives, Personal Struggles provides a nuanced examination of the ethical issues faced by ethnographic researchers who work with or on behalf of people who are dispossessed. Even experienced researchers are likely to find the analyses consistently thought-provoking and at times original. Novice researchers might particularly benefit from insightful discussion of the ways in which others have come to grips with the quandaries they are sure to face. European Journal of Homelessness In a world of mindless tweets, Facebook 'over-sharing' and Kim Kardashian, it is heartening to know that sociologists still care about something that matters: the homeless, the wretched of our American earth. Let us praise the authors of this volume for keeping their story alive. -- Mark S. Hamm, author of In Bad Company: America's Terrorist Underground This timely and important book looks at homelessness from the relatively neglected perspective of research ethics. Building on academic and experiential knowledge from an impressive array of scholars in the field, the book makes a strong case that ethical concerns are an emergent and persistent part of researching any marginal population, and the homeless in particular. -- Amir Marvasti, Penn State Altoonashow more

About Randall Amster

Randall Amster, J.D., Ph.D., is professor of Peace Studies and graduate chair of Humanities at Prescott College. Trenna Valado, Ph.D., is an applied anthropologist who currently works with a private company that aims to improve the lives of children and families through interdisciplinary research and evaluation of social service more

Table of contents

Foreword by Jeff Ferrell Introduction: Rediscovering Homelessness ... and Ourselves by Randall Amster Part 1: Advocacy and Identity Chapter 1: Social Justice, Ethics, and Advocacy in Street Research: A Personal Accounting by Talmadge Wright Chapter 2: The Advocate Researcher by Rob Rosenthal Chapter 3: Homelessness and Drag by Kathleen Arnold Chapter 4: Writing the Streets: Dilemmas of Depiction by Trenna Valado Part 2: Relationships and Ethics Chapter 5: Planning and Managing Ethical Dilemmas in Homelessness Research by Michael Rowe Chapter 6: 'Buddy Researcher'? Prospects, Limitations, and Ethical Considerations in Ethnographic Research on Homeless People in Berlin by Jurgen von Mahs Chapter 7: Ethics and Studying Homelessness: Tales from the Field by Kurt Borchard Chapter 8: Weapons of the Weak, by the Weak, and for the Weak: Negotiating Power Between and Among Homeless Persons and Service Providers by Julie Adkins Part 3: Research and Transformation Chapter 9: Do We Really Need More Research on Homelessness? An Autoethnographic Exploration of Ethics, Advocacy, and Exasperation by Vin Lyon-Callo Chapter 10: Homelessness as 'Internal Displacement': Scholarship and Activism in Post-Katrina New Orleans by Randall Amster Chapter 11: Do (No) Harm: Homelessness and Personal Transformation by David Cook Chapter 12: On the Politics and Ethics of 'Using' 'the Homeless' in Social Justice Research by Don Mitchell and Lynn Staeheli Conclusion: Synthesizing the Personal and Professional by Trenna Valadoshow more