The Space of Boredom: Homelessness in the Slowing Global Order
This chapter shows the widely felt sense of boredom among Bucharest’s homeless population to be not just psychosocial but also infrastructural. The chapter shows boredom to be entangled with the planning and development of new urban spaces to manage Bucharest’s growing homeless population. This includes formally planned spaces such as shelters and day centers but also the informal squatter camps that developed in the discarded spaces of the city. The placement of these sites has the effect of removing homeless persons from the socially valued and centrally located spaces of urban life. Whether at the shelter, the day center, or the squatter camp, homeless persons contend that they are now stuck in nonplaces. The workings of shelter infrastructure ultimately contribute to an unbearably slow pace of everyday life for those inhabiting it.