Advertisement

Homeless Street Press: Historical and Contemporary Connections

  • Jessica Gerrard
Chapter

Abstract

There are long-held past and present connections of homelessness to unemployment and itinerant and precarious work. In this chapter, Gerrard explores these historical and contemporary connections with particular focus on homeless street press, tracing the transnational history of homeless street press from early twentieth-century US ‘hobo’ publications to the radical activist street press cultures of the 1970s and social enterprise in the 1990s. Here, Gerrard examines the ways in which homeless street press constitutes a site of learning and working for sellers. In particular, Gerrard teases out the distinctions between The Big Issue’s social enterprise and Street Sheet’s grass-roots activist approaches, exploring the diverse intentions and practices of homeless street press.

References

  1. Adrian, L. (1992). The World We Shall Win for Labor: Early Twentieth-Century Hobo Self-Publication. In J. P. Danky & W. A. Wiegand (Eds.), Print Culture in a Diverse America. Urbana/Chicago: University of Illinois Press.Google Scholar
  2. Anderson, N. (1923). The Hobo: The Sociology of the Homeless Man. Chicago/Illinois: The University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  3. Anonymous. (1970?). Untitled Editorial, Spare Change, Berkley: Telegraph Avenue Liberation Front, p. 1.Google Scholar
  4. Anonymous. (192?). The Blanket Stiff. In The Hobo in Song and Poetry: The Most Complete Hobo Song Book Ever Issues, Containing All the Old Favourites, Cincinnati: The International Brotherhood Welfare Association (3).Google Scholar
  5. Asbolt, A. (2013). A Cultural History of the Radical Sixties in the San Francisco Bay Area. New York: Taylor & Francis.Google Scholar
  6. Attwood, B. (2000). Space and Time at Ramahyuck, Victoria, 1863–85. In P. Read (Ed.), Settlement (pp. 41–54). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  7. Bajde, D. (2013). Marketized Philanthropy: Kiva’s Utopian Ideology of Entrepreneurial Philanthropy. Marketing Theory, 13(1), 3–18.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Balkin, S. (1992). Entrepreneurial Activities of Homeless Men. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 19, 129–150.Google Scholar
  9. Barnett, C., Cloke, P., Clarke, N., & Malpass, A. (2005). Consuming Ethics: Articulating the Subjects and Spaces of Ethical Consumption. Antipode, 37(1), 23–45.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Beckett, J. (1978). George Dutton’s Country: Portrait of an Aboriginal Drover. Aboriginal History, 2(1), 2–31.Google Scholar
  11. Beier, A. L., & Ocobock, P. (Eds.). (2008). Cast Out: Vagrancy and Homelessness in Global and Historical Perspective. Athens: Ohio University Press.Google Scholar
  12. Breman, J. (2013). A Bogus Concept? New Left Review, 84, 130–138.Google Scholar
  13. Cabera, S. A., & Williams, C. L. (2014). Consuming for the Social Good: Marketing, Consumer Capitalism, and the Possibilities of Ethical Consumption. Critical Sociology, 40(3), 349–367.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Carson, J. W., & Garcia, J. M. (1991, November). Editorial. By No Means: Homeless View Points, A Monthly News and Opinion Magazine, Fall No. 33, 4(3).Google Scholar
  15. Cockburn, P. J. L. (2014). Street Papers, Work and Begging: ‘Experimenting’ at the Margins of Economic Legitimacy. Journal of Cultural Economy, 7(2), 145–160.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Cresswell, T. (1999). Embodiment, Power and the Politics of Mobility: The Case of Female Tramps and Hobos. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 24(2), 175–192.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Cresswell, T. (2013). The Tramp in America. London: Reaktion Books.Google Scholar
  18. DePastino, T. (2003). Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America. Chicago/London: The University of Chicago Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Dotson, K. (2012). Triumphs of an Underdog. Street Sheet, p. 1.Google Scholar
  20. Editorial. (1992, September 18–October 1). The Big Issue. No. 14, p. 1.Google Scholar
  21. Ely, L. (1997). The Street Sheet. The Street Sheet, p. 3.Google Scholar
  22. Fox, C. E. (1989). Tales of an American Hobo. Iowa: University of Iowa Press.Google Scholar
  23. Fumerton, P. (2006). Unsettled: The Culture of Mobility and the Working Poor in Early Modern England. Chicago/London: The University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  24. Gaber, J. (1994). Manhattan’s 14th Street Sellers’ Market: Informal Street Peddlers’ Complementary Relationship with New York City’s Economy. Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development, 23(4), 373–408.Google Scholar
  25. Garrison, J. (2011, April 21). Nasville’s Homeless Issues Paper Director Says Freedom of Press at Stake in Brentwood Battle. The City Paper. http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/city-news/nashvilles-homeless-issues-paper-director-says-freedom-press-stake-brentwood-battl
  26. Gerrard, J. (2017a). Welfare Rights, Self Help and Social Enterprise. Journal of Sociology, 53(1), 47–62.Google Scholar
  27. Gerrard, J. (2017b). Interconnected Histories of Labour and Homelessness. Labour History, 112, 155–174.Google Scholar
  28. Goffman, E. (1959). The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. New York: Anchor Books.Google Scholar
  29. Gowan, T. (2010). Hobos, Hustlers and Backsliders: Homeless in San Francisco. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  30. Green, N. F. (1998). Chicago’s Street Wise at the Crossroads: A Case Study of a Newspaper to Empower the Homeless in the 1990s. In J. P. Danky & W. A. Wiagand (Eds.), Print Culture in a Diverse America (pp. 34–55). Urbana/Chicago: University of Illinois Press.Google Scholar
  31. Greenstreet, R. (1995, August 27). How We Met; John Bird and Gordon Roddick. The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/how-we-met-john-bird-and-gordon-roddick-1598309.html. Accessed 5 Feb 2016.
  32. Hall, J. (2010). Sisters of the Road? The Construction of Female Hobo Identity in the Autobiography of Ethel Lynn, Barbara Stark and “Box-Car” Bertha Thompson. Women’s Studies, 39(3), 215–237.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  33. Hibbert, S. A., Hogg, G., & Quinn, T. (2005). Social Entrepreneurship: Understanding Consumer Motives for Buying the Big Issue. Journal of Consumer Behaviour, 4(3), 159–172.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  34. Higbie, F. (2003). Indispensable Outcasts: Hobo Workers and Community in the American Midwest, 1880–1930. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.Google Scholar
  35. Hobsbawm, E. (1994). Age of Extremes. London: Abacus.Google Scholar
  36. Howley, K. (2003). A Poverty of Voices: Street Papers as Communicative Democracy. Journalism, 4(3), 273–292.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  37. IBWA. (n.d.). The Hobo in Song and Poetry. Cincinnati: International Brotherhood Welfare Association.Google Scholar
  38. Lake, M. (1991). Historical Homes. Australian Historical Studies, 24(96), 46–54.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  39. Lindemann, K. (2007). A Tough Sell: Stigma as Souvenir in the Contested Performances of San Francisco’s Homeless Street Sheet Sellers. Text and Performance Quarterly, 27(1), 41–57.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  40. McCarthy, P. (1977). Communication at Last. The Tenderloin Times, 1(1), 2.Google Scholar
  41. Misalowski, D. (1986). On the Street. Golden Gate: A Publication of the United States Mission, a Shelter for the Homeless, 1(1), 1.Google Scholar
  42. Nix, S. (1990). Newspaper Offers Itself as Tool Against Poverty, Homelessness. Reprinted from the San Francisco Chronicle in The Milwaukee Journal, March 4, 1990, p. 6.Google Scholar
  43. Petrus, S., & Cohen, R. D. (2015). New York and the American Folk Music Revival. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  44. Please, P. (1996). Editorial. The Big Issue, 1, 12.Google Scholar
  45. Reitman, B. (1982). Sister of the Road: The Autobiography of Box Car Bertha, As Told to Dr. Ben L. Reitman. Edinburgh/London/Oakland: AK Press/Nabat.Google Scholar
  46. Rocco, P. (1986). Letter From the Editor. Golden Gate: A Publication of the United States Mission, a Shelter for the Homeless, 1(1), 2.Google Scholar
  47. Roy, A. (2010). Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development. London/New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  48. Sassen, S. (1994). The Informal Economy: Between New Developments and Old Regulations. The Yale Law Journal, 103(8), 2289–2304.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  49. Swithinbank, T. (2001). Coming Up From the Streets: The Story of The Big Issue. London: Earthscan.Google Scholar
  50. Teasdale, S. (2010). Models of Social Enterprise in the Homelessness Field. Social Enterprise Journal, 6(1), 23–34.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  51. The Big Issue. (n.d.). About Us, http://www.bigissue.com/about-us. Accessed 16 Nov 2016.
  52. Torck, D. (2001). Voices of Homeless People in Street Newspaper: A Cross-Cultural Exploration. Discourse and Society, 12(3), 371–392.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  53. Troy, P. N. (1992). The Evolution of Government Housing Policy: The Case of NSW 1901-41. Housing Studies, 7(3), 216–233.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  54. Turner, S., & Schoenberger, L. (2012). Street Seller Livelihoods and Everyday Politics in Hanoi, Vietnam: The Seeds of a Diverse Economy? Urban Studies, 49(5), 1027–1044.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  55. Waters, R., & Hudson, W. (1998). The Tenderloin: What Makes a Neighbourhood. In J. Brookes, C. Carlsson, & N. J. Peters (Eds.), Reclaiming San Francisco: History, Politics, Culture. San Francisco: City Lights Books.Google Scholar
  56. Williams, C. C., & Nadin, S. (2010). Rethinking the Commercialization of Everyday Life: A “Whole Economy” Perspective. Foresight, 12(6), 55–68.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  57. Zizek, S. (2009). First as Tragedy, Then as Farce. London/New York: Verso.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica Gerrard
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourne Graduate School of EducationMelbourneAustralia

Personalised recommendations