Homelessness is discussed in terms of its origins or in terms of its amelioration. Media focuses on poverty, drug use, lack of shelter, the social safety net, or attempts by the homeless, social service agencies, and government to end homelessness by policy and action. This book presents a portrait of the social and personal lives of the homeless.
Gwendolyn A. Dordick is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hamilton College, New York.
Preface Part I: On the Streets 1. "Your Word Is Your Bond": The Station 2. "Kindness for Weakness": The Shanty Part II: In the Shelters 3. More than Refuge: The Armory 4. "Stinkin' Thinkin'": The Private Shelter Part III: From a Distance 5. Conclusion Notes Index
"Something Left to Lose contributes to the sociological understanding of homelessness by examining improvisation among the denizens of four distinct niches in Manhattan's homeless topography.... Dordick has produced a sympathetic but unromantic account of social improvisation among the homeless."
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