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Street Teaching in the Tenderloin

Jumpin’ Down the Rabbit Hole


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Don Stannard-Friel
    Pages 1-13
  3. Don Stannard-Friel
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  4. Don Stannard-Friel
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  16. Don Stannard-Friel
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  17. Back Matter
    Pages 373-403

About this book


This book is an ethnographic account of San Francisco’s most inner city neighborhood, the Tenderloin. Using its streets as campus and its people as teachers, Stannard-Friel uses storytelling as a way of explaining why inner city social problems, such as homelessness, drugs, prostitution, untreated mental illness, and death of young people by murders and suicides, exist and persist there. The work delves into who lives in the Tenderloin and why, the role of dedicated service providers in meeting people’s needs and encouraging social change, and what lessons university students, many coming from their own challenging backgrounds, learn through community engagement and service learning that encourage understanding, compassion, and meaningful contributions to society. The work also explores how life in the area is changing, and why so many youth report that they “love living in the Tenderloin.”


Inner city studies community engagement service learning community-based learning real life learning community service deviant behavior containment zone homelessness mental illness prostitution trafficking refugees Vietnam War Cambodian refugees suicide concentration camps street memorials inner city youth

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Notre Dame de Namur UniversityBelmont, CAUSA

About the authors

Don Stannard-Friel is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Notre Dame de Namur University, USA. He has also taught at San Francisco State, University of San Francisco, University of California, Santa Cruz, county jail, and a Federal prison for women. He has served as a Campus Compact - Carnegie Foundation Fellow for Political Engagement; California Site Director, Notre Dame-AmeriCorps; and Director of NDNU’s Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Street Teaching in the Tenderloin
  • Book Subtitle Jumpin’ Down the Rabbit Hole
  • Authors Don Stannard-Friel
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-56436-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-92957-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-56437-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 403
  • Number of Illustrations 26 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Urban Studies/Sociology
    Social Structure, Social Inequality
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“Read Stannard-Friel’s book for a variety of reasons: to learn a different way of teaching; to identify a unique approach to community-based learning; or to experience, through narratives, a walk through the Tenderloin. Enroll in his class through this book. You will be immersed not only in a community, but in the pedagogy of compassion in action. Know that you will jump down the rabbit hole and reemerge thinking differently about teaching and learning with the community.” (Patrick M. Green, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Vol. 21 (4), 2017)