Confronting Homelessness: Poverty, Politics and the Failure of Social Policy
Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
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(written with Jennifer Barton Gilman)
Awarded 2013 Choice! Outstanding Academic Book by the Journal of American Library Association (ALA).
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.
“Not only does a thorough job of outlining the history of homelessness in the United States, but also brings attention to the minimal progress the United States has made in addressing this issue.”– Contemporary Sociology
“An excellent book; one of the best on the topic. Highly recommended.”– Choice!
“Confronting Homelessness is a very important contribution to discussions of social movements, poverty, and homelessness.”– Z Magazine