•  
  •  
 

Abstract

In his ethnography, Evicted: Poverty and profit in the American city, sociologist Matthew Desmond examines the process of eviction for a group of people who he came to know in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Desmond painstakingly chronicles what happens when individuals and families cannot “make rent,” and are subsequently evicted from their homes. The stories presented in this book call on readers to deeply consider the interconnections between the rich and poor in urban areas in the U.S.A, and how polices might be revised with a view to ensuring affordable housing for all. An example of realist ethnography, Desmond also challenges qualitative researchers to consider the place of the “I” in contemporary qualitative studies.

Keywords

Ethnography, Eviction

Author Bio(s)

Dr. Kathy Roulston is professor and program coordinator in the Qualitative Research methods program at the University of Georgia, Athens. Her research interests focus on the application of qualitative research methods, topics in music education, and micro-analytic approaches to the analysis of talk-in-interaction. Dr. Roulston has published articles, chapters and a book on qualitative interviewing. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: roulston@uga.edu.

Publication Date

11-4-2016

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 License.

Share

 
COinS
 

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.