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By Gwendolyn Dordick

Homelessness is generally mentioned by way of its origins or by way of its amelioration. Media debts specialize in poverty, loss of protect, or makes an attempt via the homeless, social provider companies, and govt to finish homelessness through coverage and direct motion. This identify offers a dramatic portrait of the social and private lives of the homeless.

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Others, such as William, make money by working for the hot-dog vendors, either washing their carts for five dollars apiece or carrying ice for them. A deaf-mute, William communicates with hand and body signals and facial gestures. After William showed me what he did to make money, he pointed to the sky and then plugged his nose. He repeated this gesture over and over again. ’’6 The concept of shadow work is intended to differentiate activities like panhandling and scavenging from itinerant labor, but this distinction is not shared by those I studied.

Some residents also keep their clothing in lockers in public shelters. Most, however, simply carry their possessions with them. Page 14 people for hours, often speaking with no one. ”9 Hanging out does more than kill time. It enables men and women at the Station to learn their milieu and to maintain familiarity with a constantly changing environment. People at the Station come and go. Potential friends and enemies present themselves on a daily basis. Each time I visited the Station I saw both familiar and new faces.

But before Rico could retaliate, George ran away. This incident demonstrates the importance of having allies. Raheem's warning saved Rico considerable physical harm and may even have saved his life. That Page 35 Rico, a much-venerated street fighter, needed the warnings of his companions to avert harm is testament to the importance of others in providing protection at the Station. This incident also demonstrates one particular danger of life at the Station: the continuous influx of newcomers who may not always play by the rules.

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