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Callous Objects

Designs against the Homeless

2018
Author:

Robert Rosenberger

Callous Objects

Manifold Edition


Uncovering injustices built into our everyday surroundings

Callous Objects unearths cases in which cities push homeless people out of public spaces through a combination of policy and strategic design. Robert Rosenberger brings together ideas from the philosophy of technology, social theory, and feminist epistemology to spotlight the widespread anti-homeless ideology built into our communities and enacted in law. 

"This short, vivid and novel book serves as a timely reminder that our public spaces are not experienced equally."
LSE Review of Books

Callous Objects unearths cases in which cities push homeless people out of public spaces through a combination of policy and strategic design. Robert Rosenberger examines such commonplace devices as garbage cans, fences, signage, and benches—all of which reveal political agendas beneath the surface. Such objects have evolved, through a confluence of design and law, to be open to some uses and closed to others, but always capable of participating in collective ends on a large scale. Rosenberger brings together ideas from the philosophy of technology, social theory, and feminist epistemology to spotlight the widespread anti-homeless ideology built into our communities and enacted in law.

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Callous Objects

Robert Rosenberger is associate professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Callous Objects

Callous Objects provides an incredibly clear and concise introduction to the key ideas in Science and Technology Studies that animate much of the current literature on homelessness and the built form. It is an essential reading for academics, both undergraduate and advanced scholars, and practitioners of policy, planning, and law.

Contemporary Political Theory

This short, vivid and novel book serves as a timely reminder that our public spaces are not experienced equally.

LSE Review of Books