By Christopher Dum
Residential lodges have lengthy been locations of final inn for plenty of weak Americans―released prisoners, individuals with disabilities or psychological disease, suffering addicts, the lately homeless, and the operating negative. solid apart via their households and mainstream society, they live to tell the tale in squalid, hazardous, and demeaning conditions that few folks can think.
For a yr, the sociologist Christopher P. Dum lived within the Boardwalk inn to higher comprehend its citizens and the various paths that introduced them there. He witnessed moments of violence and clash, in addition to these of care and compassion. As informed in the course of the voices and stories of inn citizens, Exiled in the United States paints a portrait of a colourful group whose contributors solid identities in line with overwhelming stigma and created significant lives regardless of crushing financial instability.
In addition to chronicling lifestyle on the Boardwalk, Dum follows neighborhood local efforts to close the institution down, resulting in a much wider research of legislative makes an attempt to sanitize shared social house. He additionally indicates significant coverage adjustments to handle the societal disasters that result in the necessity for hotels comparable to the Boardwalk. the tale of the Boardwalk, and the various hotels love it, will predicament somebody who cares in regards to the lives of America's so much weak citizens.
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The first time I saw Slash he was sitting outside his room, drinking a Pepsi, and working on a Sudoku. He and Vito still lived in the motel when I left the field, but I followed up with Vito and he told me that Slash was arrested for violating his parole and sent to prison in December 2013. Spike was a Puerto Rican man in his late thirties who moved into the motel with his girlfriend, Mary Anne, in April 2013. Mary Anne was in her late twenties and became friends with Sky. Although he was quite muscular and imposing, Spike spoke very calmly and we had a good rapport.
He was a white man who identified as bisexual and fell in love with a black man in his late thirties named Digital. Even after Darryl moved out in January 2013, I spent a lot of time with them; Darryl later served as a guest speaker in a class at my university. Larry was a self-identified drifter who arrived at the motel in early October 2012. He was an ex-marine in his fifties and made a concerted effort to keep in shape by running around the area and doing pushups in his room. Larry’s story was unique because he went from resident to part-time desk worker/maintenance man, and this gave him an interesting perspective on life at the motel.
Curtis was a skinny male in his early thirties with yellow teeth and pale skin who came to the motel in early July 2012. He walked around without shoes or socks, and his gaunt face and sunken eyes made him look like a zombie. He had mental health issues that were rumored to have been caused by a car accident or drug use. Curtis was unique in that several members of his family came to check on him periodically, as did a case worker, but the sentiment among residents was that Curtis needed go to somewhere where his behavior could be monitored.