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No fixed abode : a history of responses to the roofless and the rootless in Britain

Author: Robert Humphreys
Publisher: Houndmills : Macmillan Press Ltd ; New York : St. Martin's Press, Inc., ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Homelessness is an increasing problem in Britain today, and this text spells out their similarities with the spurned vagrant of bygone days. It is argued that only educational and social reform will alleviate the homeless plight.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Humphreys
ISBN: 0312225636 9780312225636 0333738462 9780333738467
OCLC Number: 611842726
Description: xiii, 222 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Early Vagrancy Legislation --
3. Tudor Response to the Travelling Poor --
4. The Travelling Poor in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries --
5. Victorian Attitudes --
6. Vagrancy around the World Wars --
7. Homelessness and the Welfare State --
8. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Robert Humphreys.

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