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Product Details

  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Univ. of Massachusetts Press (February 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558498494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558498495
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A tightly argued, effectively researched, and well-written book. Kerr successfully brings the voices of the unhoused and unemployed into his story at every turn, making a convincing case for their role in altering, if rarely determining, policy. --Mark E. Santow, coauthor of Social Security and the Middle Class Squeeze

One of the most robust portraits available of homelessness both as an institutional-spatial condition and as a human experience that changes over time. --Joseph Heathcott, coauthor of Beyond the Ruins

Basing his book on extensive archival research and oral histories, historian Kerr uses a broad lens to examine homelessness in Cleveland. . . . Recommended. --Choice

The book [Derelict Paradise] fills the gap in the historiography of American cities by situating homelessness firmly within the context of the rise and decline of American downtowns, inner-city neighborhoods, and industries. --Ohio Valley History

Basing his book on extensive archival research and oral histories, historian Kerr uses a broad lens to examine homelessness in Cleveland. . . . Recommended. --Choice

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Daniel Kerr is an assistant professor of history at American University.

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Though it looks too depressing, and to me was a bit slow at the very start, this well researched book clearly sets out the long-standing and still ongoing attitudes, policies,and underlying paradigms of any closed-loop big business-government meld, which individually and together is insistent on constantly wielding and getting more power and money; and creates the self-feeding sense of entitled human superiority (all while trying to publicly appear magnificently beneficent) which blinds ability to make true human community growth decisions for the whole - I think it's a must read.
Unlike today's news - often pressured, formed and part of the above-stated closed loop - which fragments, distracts and isolates public attention and disgust, toward ever-daily shocking details of a "new" act of massive corruption, this book starting in the early 1900s times of immigration, through the Depression and through today, clearly demonstrates the ongoing, repeated elitist and/or primarily self-interested mindset that inevitably creates underlying community "sickness" and hugely overt waste (in both human life and materially) which grows when community growth/planning decisions are left privately in such hands and minds.
For example, one realization I came upon while reading, was around the divisiveness, including the re-seeding of racial segregation, that was "subtly" imposed on community "help" and planning, when the "less fortunate" began organizing across racial,ethnic and gender lines to together try to get a chance for even having some "dignity-bootstraps" to pull up, or some foot on the first rung of the "ladder of success.
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By Roldo Bartimole on May 16, 2012
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Anyone interested in cities, in the reasons for homelessness, how power works in
cities and for whom it works, this should be on your book shelf.

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