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Homeless not hopeless : the survival networks of Latinos and African American men

Author: Edna Molina-Jackson
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : University Press of America, Inc., [2008] ©2008
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The importance of moving toward a national policy to end homelessness is crucial. In this striking examination of the roles that homeless people and the U.S. government play in causing and curtailing the escalating phenomena of homelessness, Edna Molina-Jackson asserts that there is a great need to alter the socio-economic structures that generate extreme and entrenched forms of poverty that lead to homelessness.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Molina-Jackson, Edna.
Homeless not hopeless.
Lanham : University Press of America, ©2008
(OCoLC)229021732
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Edna Molina-Jackson
ISBN: 9780761841678 0761841679
OCLC Number: 251512034
Description: 1 online resource (143 pages)
Contents: Homeless not hopeless : the survival-networks of Latino and African American men --
The social world of homeless African American and Latino groups : background traits and daily struggles to survive --
Informal non-kin networks among homeless men : form and functions --
The saliency of weak ties : the acquaintances and associates of homeless men --
Getting by with a little help from their friends --
A valuable component in the larger mosaic of solutions.
Other Titles: Survival networks of Latinos and African American men
Responsibility: Edna Molina-Jackson.

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"The importance of moving toward a national policy to end homelessness is crucial. In this striking examination of the roles that homeless people and the U.S. government play in causing and curtailing the escalating phenomena of homelessness, Edna Molina-Jackson asserts that there is a great need to alter the socio-economic structures that generate extreme and entrenched forms of poverty that lead to homelessness. Homeless Not Hopeless explores the role social networks play in the daily survival of homeless Latino and African American men. Using a qualitative research design, author Molina-Jackson observes how these men initiate, participate in, and maintain social networks and how these networks function. The findings support a more empowering view of homeless men as active, rational, and competent actors engaged in negotiating their social world. Members rely on social networks composed of a hierarchy of casual and intimate affiliations. The networks of Americanized Latinos and African Americans facilitate their integration into a subculture of street life, while those of recent-immigrant Latinos revolve around their struggles to find work, avoid deportation, and enlist the support of paisanos"--Provided by publisher.

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Sociologist Molina-Jackson documents social networking through a qualitative study of 41 African American and Latino homeless men in Los Angeles. The author argues that in the tough terrain of the Read more...

 
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