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The Dharma of Bums: Identity, Neoliberalism, and Biomedicine in the Practice of Treating Homelessness in Honolulu
|Title:||The Dharma of Bums: Identity, Neoliberalism, and Biomedicine in the Practice of Treating Homelessness in Honolulu|
|Issue Date:||Dec 2016|
|Publisher:||[Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [December 2016]|
|Abstract:||Focusing on Honolulu, the city with the highest rate of homelessness in the United States, this thesis demonstrates that the existence of a visibly immiserated population functions materially to create the need for an industry of care and ideologically to serve as an embodied site of difference. Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork at a transitional shelter and with a student-run free clinic, I examine the process of identity production as it occurs between homeless people and service providers. The public visibility of homelessness leads to the denigration of this population, resulting in a lack of personhood. The process of entering a shelter is viewed as a neoliberal ritual of social reintegration. A free clinic for the homeless demonstrates the on-the-ground process of developing co-relational identities. Finally, a Halloween carnival allows actors to perform the identities and meanings constructed around homelessness in a way that incorporates elements of costume and fantasy.|
|Description:||M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2016.|
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|Appears in Collections:||M.A. - Anthropology|
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