Matz, M. J. (2021). Good Grief: Mourning As A Political Resource For Homeless Advocates In San Francisco. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.14418/wes01.1.2429
The question of homelessness has been widely considered in Anthropology, with scholars such as Teresa Gowan and Craig Willse arguing that discourses around homelessness reveal an extraordinary amount about American capitalism and the neoliberal state apparatus. However, these works have not adequately addressed the affective experiences of service providers, especially their grief for their clients and how this motivates their work. My thesis addresses the grief of those that work with the unhoused with special attention to the way that mourning structures solidarity. Using Judith Butler's framework of grievability, I argue that grief can and should demand justice.