Music and Homelessness in Austin, Texas
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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.