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Down on Their Luck

A Study of Homeless Street People

David A. Snow (Author), Leon Anderson (Author)

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Paperback, 405 pages
ISBN: 9780520079892
February 1993
$33.95, £24.95
David Snow and Leon Anderson show us the wretched face of homelessness in late twentieth-century America in countless cities across the nation. Through hundreds of hours of interviews, participant observation, and random tracking of homeless people through social service agencies in Austin, Texas. Snow and Anderson reveal who the homeless are, how they live, and why they have ended up on the streets. Debunking current stereotypes of the homeless. Down on Their Luck sketches a portrait of men and women who are highly adaptive, resourceful, and pragmatic. Their survival is a tale of human resilience and determination, not one of frailty and disability.

Scholarly Achievement Award, North-Central Sociological Association

1993 Charles Horton Cooley Award, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

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