Urban Anthropology

Topics: Homelessness, Poverty, Unemployment Pages: 3 (1205 words) Published: December 14, 2013

Nalini Sharma
Professor Moran
Anthropology 102
December 3, 2013

Ethnographic Fieldwork Assignment:
The subject of our research topic were homeless people. We had chosen this topic out of curiosity and wonder about the cause behind homelessness. Our hypothesis was that alcohol and drugs play an important role and are the leading cause of homelessness and expected more males or an individual homeless person. To conduct our field research we had gone to The Samaritan Center in Simi Valley and interviewed the homeless people. It was really shocking to see that mostly, the homeless people were families with small children. Upon interviewing them we figured that alcohol and drugs had no connection with their homelessness. Poverty, economy and race are major causes that cause people and families to become homeless.

My argument in this paper will be that our poor economy and race for some has caused people to become unemployed, therefore there has been an increase in poverty, causing people to become homeless. In order to prove this point I will first talk about my field observations and then begin discussing about the interview I had with the people there, which of one was a family and another was a couple.

We arrived at the center around 9 a.m. Everyone there was having breakfast. As I have mentioned earlier we weren’t expecting families and couples there but more of individuals, so we were shocked to see them there. In one corner we observed a family of three generations having a quiet breakfast on a bench. On another bench we observed a couple, very well-mannered and seemed educated, just talking but with an upset face. We also saw a woman on an old cell phone talking to someone about getting her a job. Most of the people that we noticed there were white however there were a couple Hispanics and probably one African American. Most of the homeless people there were either old or middle aged. Hardly anyone was a teenager or a...
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