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Extreme DomesticityA View from the Margins$
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Susan Fraiman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166348

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166348.001.0001

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Domesticity in Extremis

Domesticity in Extremis

Homemaking by the Unsheltered

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Extreme Domesticity

Susan Fraiman

Columbia University Press

Calls on non-fictional works across several genres—journalistic accounts, a memoir, ethnographies, and Marc Singer’s film Dark Days (2000)—to explore domesticity in the context of homelessness. Argues that domesticity is not absent for this population so much as it is broken, embattled, and reinvented. Looks at homeless individuals and communities who struggle to improvise such domestic elements as safety, privacy, storage, routine, intimacy, and kinship.

Keywords:   Homelessness, Jonathan Kozol, Travels with Lizbeth, bag ladies, tent cities, Dark Days

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