Homeless in Las Vegas
Stories from the Street

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Author: Kurt Borchard

Format: Paper
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780874178371
Published Date: 2011

The homeless men and women represented in this book speak candidly about their plight, its origins, and the many obstacles to escaping it. They discuss the unique challenges and opportunities that Las Vegas’s focus on tourism, indulgence, and diversion offers its homeless residents. This compelling and emotionally charged ethnography counters many of the stereotypes of homeless men and women, revealing the remarkable diversity of their circumstances. It also offers their perspectives on social services and civic attitudes toward homelessness.

Author Bio
Kurt Borchard is a professor in the Department of Sociology, Geography, and Earth Science at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He has worked as the director of a program for homeless men in Fairbanks, Alaska, and he continues to research homelessness in Las Vegas.

“Few ethnographers can carry off the honesty and flexibility of Borchard’s narrative. This is far and away one of the best written journeys through homelessness and all of its machinations—personal, cultural, and institutional.” - Corey Dolgon, author of The End of the Hamptons: Scenes from the Class Struggle in America’s Paradise

“In this book, Kurt Borchard does what many authors and professors seem reluctant to do: get out of the office, hit the streets, and talk to people. The result is an intimate portrait (rather than a cardboard cutout) of homelessness in Las Vegas, which provides a better understanding of the issue and the city, both of which are extremely complicated.” - Matt O’Brien, author of Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas