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Homelessness: A Sourcebook
     

Homelessness: A Sourcebook

by Rick Fantasia, Maurice Isserman
 
In recent years, interest in the homeless has grown, bolstered in large part by the increasing media coverage they have received. Yet until now, there has been no solid reference book that provides sound, reliable information on the homeless.

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In recent years, interest in the homeless has grown, bolstered in large part by the increasing media coverage they have received. Yet until now, there has been no solid reference book that provides sound, reliable information on the homeless.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This sourcebook is primarily a dictionary, explaining 500 items, persons, policies, organizations, court decisions, laws, etc., relevant to the topic of homelessness. Lengthy appendixes list organizations, some 1990 census figures, and an 84-page report, "A Status Report of Hunger and Homelessness in America's Cities: 1993" (U.S. Conference of Mayors, December 1993). The extensive bibliography has no subject access. Fantasia (sociology, Smith Coll.) and Isserman (history, Hamilton Coll.) open with an excellent introduction on the history and dimensions of the problem but fail to impart the scope and contents of the book. Compared with the several reference works available on homelessness, the strengths of this work are its highly informative dictionary entries and inclusion of the U.S. Conference of Mayor's report, a useful item that was not widely disseminated to libraries. Mary Ellen Hombs's American Homelessness (ABC-Clio, 1994. 2d ed.) provides more resource information with better organization and is thus the first choice for many libraries. Larger public and academic libraries should find both volumes useful.-Mary Jane Brustman, Univ of Albany Libs.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA-A valuable resource for students seeking information for position papers, current topics, and social-problem reports. Fantasia begins with a lengthy essay on homelessness that addresses the basic aspects of the problem: its scope and historical background; who makes up the homeless population; why it happens; and how it can be relieved. This essay is followed by alphabetically arranged entries on numerous subjects relevant to the topic, such as major court decisions, U.S. legislation, organizations and people who are involved in the problem, and public housing. Students can also find a wealth of information and statistics in the three appendixes: ``Groups and Resources for the Homeless''; ``Count of Persons in Selected Locations Where Homeless Persons Are Found''; and ``A Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness in America's Cities: a 26 City Survey, 1993.''-Carol Clark, R.E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
Booknews
Begins with a substantial essay titled "Homelessness and American Society," which examines the problem of homelessness in the US and provides a historical overview of the subject. The discussion is followed by detailed, evaluative entries in an A-to-Z format on relevant sociological concepts, contemporary figures and agencies, US legislation and major court decisions, and pertinent terms and issues. Includes a list of organizations that aid the homeless and an extensive bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816025718
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Series:
Facts on File Series
Pages:
370
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.23(d)

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