Homelessness Amid Affluence: Structure And Paradox In The American Political Economy by Michael H. LangHomelessness Amid Affluence: Structure And Paradox In The American Political Economy by Michael H. Lang

Homelessness Amid Affluence: Structure And Paradox In The American Political Economy

byMichael H. Lang

Hardcover | November 1, 1989

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Approaching the problem of homelessness from a broad public policy perspective, Lang focuses on the American political economy and how it permits community development patterns based on racism and self-interest. This interdisciplinary study challenges the belief that homelessness is entirely due to the Reagan administration's cutbacks. Instead, it suggests the need for reform in our housing and employment policies. The book reviews competing socioeconomic paradigms that can explain why meaningful and effective programs are difficult to enact. Homelessness Amid Affluence discusses housing, community development patterns, economic segregation, and problems of the urban underclass, as well as proposed solutions. The interdisciplinary nature and historical perspective of this volume make it informative reading for sociologists, social workers, policymakers, and researchers. This volume is divided into five sections. The first section provides a conceptual overview. Section Two deals with the urban policy context from which a solution to homelessness must emerge. Section Three covers low-cost housing while Section Four deals with specific policies and programs developed in response to the needs of the homeless. A case study based on the author's experience with the efforts of Camden County, New Jersey is included. The last section analyzes some new policy approaches and ends with an assessment of the likely policy outcomes to emerge from this continuing debate.
Title:Homelessness Amid Affluence: Structure And Paradox In The American Political EconomyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:247 pages, 9.8 × 6.12 × 0.94 inPublished:November 1, 1989Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275931676

ISBN - 13:9780275931674

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Editorial Reviews

?The book is actually a primer on the sad history of ill-informed housing policy (and the frequent abscence of policy) in the U.S. Homelessness is described as a result, in large part, of the defeat of the welfare state in the post-WW II US. The pernicious impacts of deinstitutionalization of psychiatric patients; the rise of female-headed, single-wage-earner households; shifts of federal funding to blocks grants; and the channeling of dollars into middle-class entitlement programs are all damningly described. There is a thorough description of a wide range of creative housing policy alternatives. The book is dry but well written and thoroughly documented. It will serve well as an introduction to housing policy and its context for readers at any level, or as an easily readable review for public policy students.?-Choice