Lecturer Jeffrey Schonberg Discusses Challenges for Unhoused Population in Pandemic

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Black and white photo of man carrying sandbag next to piles of sandbags with the sun shining in the distance
Photo by Jeffrey Schonberg

UTAH PUBLIC RADIO -- For those experiencing homelessness, navigating life during coronavirus brings some unique challenges.

“The fact that the current opiate epidemic isn’t being addressed with the same type of force of any type of epidemic that is killing a particular group of people in of itself sort of speaks to forms of prejudice that is triggered by stigma against those people who may be suffering,” said Jeffrey Schonberg, a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at San Francisco State University.

Schonberg is also a fellow at the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine at the University of California Berkeley. He’s co-author of “Righteous Dopefiend” — a book for which he and Phillipe Bourgouis spent several years doing participant observation with the homeless in San Francisco.