The Homeless

The Homeless

by Christopher Jencks


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Late in the 1970s, Americans began to notice more people sleeping in public places and wandering the streets. By the late 1980s, the homeless were everywhere--a grim reminder of America's social and economic troubles. Renowned social analyst Jencks discusses the causes and extent of this problem and what can be done about it. Line illustrations and tables.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674405950
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 04/28/1994
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Christopher Jencks is John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Urban Affairs at Northwestern University.

Table of Contents

The Numbers

1. Counting the Homeless

2. Estimating the Increase

Promising Explanations

3. Emptying the Back Wards

4. The Crock Epidemic

S. Jobs and Marriage

6. The Destruction of Skid Row

Less-Promising Explanations

7. Social Skills and Family Ties

8. Changes in the Housing Market

9. Budget Cuts and Rent Control

Reversing the Trend

10. Do Shelters Cause Homelessness?

11. Some Partial Solutions

Appendix 1: Derivation of Tables 1 and 2

Appendix 2: Supplementary Tables


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