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

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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.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesHomelessnessPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesPoverty & unemploymentPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesSocial discrimination Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc Publication Date: 12/07/2012 ISBN-13: 9781588268235  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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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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