Music and Homelessness in Austin, Texas
Homelessness is a critical problem in America today. In Austin, some homeless people attempt to earn income by busking, playing music for monetary donations. In this thesis I will present findings based on field research among homeless buskers in Austin taking care to include many of my own experiences as a former homeless busker. Using a phenomenological framework, I will present case studies of three key informants that illustrate their subjective lifeworld experiences as they have been explained to me. In addition to reflecting upon these individuals’ life stories, I will place their narratives in the context of American homelessness. This thesis will add an account of the life experiences of these three homeless buskers to the ethnographic record.
Music, Homelessness, Busking, Phenomenology
Dees, E. (2012). <i>Music and homelessness in Austin, Texas</i> (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.