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Valerie HartouniHomeless Mothers follows the daily lives and struggles of a small group of women as they negotiate violence, addiction, poverty, fractured familial ties, and and an overrun social service system, constrained in terms not only of funds and staff, but also the explanatory models it brings to bear in assessing and assisting its primarily female clients and their children. From the finely crafted account Connolly offers of her work as a social service provider in a small non-profit community center, a rich and complicated set of portraits emerge of the suffering and survival of women situated on the material and ideological margins of social life. These portraits challenge the crude political depictions of such women that accompanied the call for welfare reform during the 1990s and provide a compelling foundation for reevaluating the ways in which homeless is culturally understood and addressed.
— (Valerie Hartouni, author of Cultural Conceptions)