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"If You're Out of Sight, You're Out of Mind": The Criminalization of Houselessness and the Coercive Geography of Class i...

Material Information

Title:
"If You're Out of Sight, You're Out of Mind": The Criminalization of Houselessness and the Coercive Geography of Class in Sarasota, Florida.
Physical Description:
Book
Language:
English
Creator:
Segal-Wright, Neko
Publisher:
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Bachelor's ( B.A.)
Degree Grantor:
New College of Florida
Degree Divisions:
Social Sciences
Area of Concentration:
Sociology
Faculty Sponsor:
Hernandez, Sarah

Subjects

Genre:
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, territorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
The criminalization of houselessness has been studied previously in the form of laws and regulations structurally related to urban processes of capital accumulation, but little attention has been paid to the ways in which such structural changes affect houseless people on an everyday basis. In this study, I attempt to address this gap by examining how houseless people's agency is affected by criminalizing forces in Sarasota, Florida. I interviewed 19 houseless people who spend time in downtown Sarasota, in addition to 3 political actors situated in Sarasota's houseless debate. I asked my houseless interviewees how they interacted with the police and the court systems, how they navigate the geography of Sarasota, and how they manage their daily lives. I found that houselessness was criminalized by the nature of recent local ordinances, the partnership between the city government and its private systems of caregiving, and individual actions taken by downtown residents and business owners. Analysis of my results indicate that the criminalization of houselessness led to three outcomes: a social control of the poor which mirrors Foucault's theory of modern punitivism, a coercive geography based on social class, and the creation of barriers to upward mobility. In order to combat criminalization, I recommend that key laws be repealed and greater measures of accountability be established within city government and by coalitions of houseless people and their allies.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Niko Segal-Wright
Thesis:
Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2014
General Note:
RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
General Note:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
General Note:
Faculty Sponsor: Hernandez, Sarah

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Resource Identifier:
Classification:
S.T. 2014 S44
System ID:
AA00024807:00001

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