Between Street and Shelter: Seclusion, Exclusion, and the Neutralization of Poverty

  • Chris HerringEmail author


On any given night, hundreds of thousands of Americans find themselves without a home and residing either outside on the streets or inside in a shelter. This chapter examines the dynamic connection between these two primary spaces of homeless seclusion in the US metropolis through a case study of San Francisco. The chapter draws on an enactive ethnography living alongside those on the streets and in shelters, and an ethnography of the bureaucratic field. The chapter builds on and extends Wacquant’s underutilized conception of socio-spatial seclusion (2010) to elaborate how state regulations of physical space (shelter/street) work in consort to (re)produce distinctions in social space (deserving/undeserving) that both fuels inequality from below and displaces the role of the state.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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