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At Home on the Street: People, Poverty, and a Hidden Culture of Homelessness Paperback – November 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1588267016 ISBN-10: 1588267016

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers (November 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588267016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588267016
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A revelation.... Wasserman and Clair offer a new way of looking at the diverse people living on the extreme margins of our society. Their rich ethnography confronts popular conceptions of homeless people and situates street homelessness as a choice distinct from living in shelters. Sociologists, service providers, and policymakers - not to mention students of homelessness and poverty - need to read this. --Michael Rowe, Yale University

The author's expansive data is firmly grounded in the literature and theory of homelessness, making this an exceptionally strong, interesting, and well-rounded study. --Timothy Pippert, Augsburg College

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Jason Adam Wasserman is assistant professor of sociology at Texas Tech University. Jeffrey Michael Clair is associate professor of sociology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Applied Sociologist on October 10, 2011
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This book is well-written with an excellent literature review, and compelling, reflective ethnographic work. It provides a very different insight into the experience of being homeless, and demonstrates how many of the policies cannot possibly work to end homelessness. The model of 'shelterization' shows how homeless must buy into a medical pathology framework in order to receive help. Further, the shelters are very unpleasant, so that even though the street is rough, at least it has fewer threats.
Its weakness, as a qualitative piece, is that it covers basically one small group of AFrican-American men in Birmingham Alabama so how well it covers other homeless groups is not clear. I'd already read Rossi's classic but this made me realize that (a) I had much more to learn and (b) Rossi's quantitative piece was also flawed by selectivity. It's tough studying the homeless, but it's tougher to be homeless.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas L. Murray on August 3, 2013
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A masterpiece: Insightful, brilliant and allows the laymen to see the HONEST predicament of America's Homeless population. Thank God for the authors. They took the time to study and then write a book that doesn't preach, it informs, it enlightens. Tom Murray in West Texas.
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Fascinating and compassionate view. Goes beyond the cliche depiction of the homeless as
mere shells, defined by what they lack, namely a roof and a permanent address.

The writers seek to learn about their culture, their values, their humanity. Read this book.
Thereafter, what you see when you look at the homeless will forever be changed.
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