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Shelter Blues: Sanity and Selfhood Among the Homeless (Contemporary Ethnography) Paperback – August 1, 1997

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"Beautifully crafted, powerfully illustrated with conversation, theoretically important, and almost unique as an ethnography."—Arthur Kleinman, Harvard University

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Robert Desjarlais teaches anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College and is the author of Body and Emotion: The Aesthetics of Illness and Healing in the Nepal Himalayas, also published by Penn.
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  • Series: Contemporary Ethnography
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (August 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812216229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812216226
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Lesperance on March 13, 2000
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This is an intriguing book that is organized around the lives of homeless shelter residents in a particularly unique facility in Boston. The shelter is located in a post-modern architecture anomaly, a masterpiece which was never completed, allowing the author to contemplate the idea of beautiful ruins, the sublime, and compare these ideas to the lives of the homeless residents. The book is incredible in that is meshes a wide range of theoretical approaches to studying sociology and attempts to discuss notions of experience, fear, and survival which are really difficult to take on. The book is not so much a case study, more a study of life and its effects.
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2 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rachael R. Kenney on March 8, 2007
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I'm very interested in homelessness and I enjoy social theory, but this book is far more academic than the description made it seem. I couldn't get more than 20 pages into it without my head spinning. If you are looking for something light this book is not the right choice!
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