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At Home on the Street: People, Poverty, and a Hidden Culture of Homelessness

ISBN: 9781588267016 | 1588267016
Edition: 1st
Format: Nonspecific Binding
Publisher: Lynne Rienner
Pub. Date: 12/15/2009

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In their compelling examination of what it means to be truly at home on the street, Jason Wasserman and Jeffrey Clair argue that programs and policies addressing homeless people too often serve only to alienate them. Wasserman and Clair delve into the complex realities of homelessness to paint a gripping picture of individuals┐not cases or pathologies┐living on the street and of their strategies for daily survival. By exploring the private spaces that those who are homeless create for themselves, as well as their prevailing social mores, the authors explain how well-intentioned policies and programs often only widen the gap between the indigent and mainstream society. The result is an unvarnished look at the culture of long-term homelessness and a fresh approach to reaching this resurgent population.


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