Hoarders and Scrappers

Anne M. Lovell

in Subjectivity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247925
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939639 | DOI:
Hoarders and Scrappers

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This chapter considers how mentally ill homeless people in New York City rework psychiatric personhood and patienthood outside clinical networks, examining the interstitiality and uncertainty of these homeless people, which requires constant negotiation of identity as they go through a generalized lack of empathy. It also studies how homeless subjectivities are constructed.

Keywords: homeless people; psychiatric personhood; patienthood; clinical networks; negotiation of identity; empathy; homeless subjectivities

Chapter.  11236 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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