Young and Homeless in Hollywood examines the social and spacial dynamics that contributed to the construction of a new social imaginary--"homeless youth"--in the United States during a period of accelerated modernization from the mid 1970s to the 1990s. Susan Ruddick draws from a range of theoretical frameworks and empirical treatments that deal with the relationship between placemaking and the politics of social identity.
"[Ruddick's] complex account of the construction of the identity of homeless young people in Hollywood is of great value in understanding the dynamics of that particular place, and also in providing an excellent example of how to approach questions of this nature more generally. This book makes a significant contribution to studies of youth, and to critical urban theory." -- Youth, Sound and Space website
"Young and Homeless in Hollywood is a fascinating study … [T]he challenge presented to the reader is to explore divisive, yet ubiquitous, privilege(s) and unravel the deeper paths, and 'tendrils' of power which such divisions continue to separate us as people." -- The Professional Geographer