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Address unknown : the homeless in America
Wright, James D.
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Publication Information:
New York : A. de Gruyter, [1989]

Physical Description:
xix, 170 pages ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1370 Lexile.

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HV4505 .W75 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Describes the nature of homelessness, its multiple causes, and its demographic, economic, sociological, and social policy antecedents. Finding the origins of the problem to be social and political rather than economic, Wright (human relations, Tulane) outlines remedies based on existing and modified

Author Notes

James D. Wright is professor of sociology at the University of Central Florida. His current research interests include violence, urban poverty and inequality, health and the homeless population, and the ""divorce reform"" movement. Peter H. Rossi (1921-2006) was professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Director of the Social and Demographic Research Institute, and Past President of the American Sociological Association. Nicholas E. Libby is managing editor of Homicide Studies and a PhD student in sociology at the University of Central Florida.

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Choice Review

Wright has published extensively on the subject of homelessness and is one of the country's foremost experts on the topic. This book covers much of the same terrain as Peter Rossi's Without Shelter: Homelessness in the 1980's (see above): the magnitude of the homeless problem, past and present; characteristics of the homeless; why and how people become homeless; and policy recommendations for lessening the homeless problem. Wright's book, however, offers several advantages as compared with Rossi's. Because of its greater length, Wright's study is both more comprehensive and more detailed; his discussion, for example, of the barriers to participation in social welfare programs that confront the homeless will come as news to many. To a greater extent than Rossi, Wright provides a series of biographies of homeless people and families and thereby captures both their diversity and their humanity. Nevertheless, both books are excellent and will appeal to the same audiences: professionals, students, and the interested public. Chapter notes; short but helpful bibliography; name and subject indexes.