Confronting Homelessness

Confronting Homelessness : Poverty, Politics and the Failure of Social Policy

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Whose fault is homelessness? Thirty years ago the problem exploded as a national crisis, drawing the attention of activists, the media, and policymakers at all levels-yet the homeless population endures to this day, and arguably has grown. David Wagner offers a major reconsideration of homelessness in the US, casting a critical eye on how we as a society respond to crises of inequality and stratification. Incorporating local studies into a national narrative, Wagner probes how homelessness shifted from being the subject of a politically charged controversy over poverty and social class to posing a functional question of social-service delivery. At the heart of his analysis is a provocative insight into why we accept highly symbolic policies that dampen public outrage, but fail to address the fundamental structural problems that would allow real change.
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  • Hardback | 207 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 498.95g
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 1588268233
  • 9781588268235
  • 1,979,498

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An excellent book; one of the best on the topic. Highly recommended.-Choice "A provocative and unique reconsideration of the movement to combat mass homelessness in the United States in the past decades."-Robert Hayes, founder, National Coalition for the Homeless "Wagner correctly explains the causes of homelessness and the essentials for combating it. After reading Confronting Homelessness, the reader will emerge well-informed of the political barriers and potential solutions to one of America's greatest and most persistent social ills."-Neil J. Donovan, Executive Director, National Coalition for the Homeless
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About Jennifer Barton Gilman

David Wagner is professor of social work and sociology at the University of Southern Maine, USA. Wagner received the SSSP C. Wright Mills Award for his book Checkerboard Square: Culture and Resistance in a Homeless Community. Jennifer Barton Gilman is an independent scholar.
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