"While it's important to understand how economic systems affect the homeless, it's equally important to learn about day-to-day realities faced by those who rely on public policies. Drawing on the author's experience working in the homeless community, this book presents some of their stories of loss, abuse, addiction and marginalization through interviews, observations and ethnographic research"--
Acknowledgments -- Preface -- Camden, New Jersey -- Introduction -- Camden, New Jersey -- Researching homelessness -- Defining homelessness -- The case for narratives -- Stories of homelessness -- Losing everything -- Navigating the system -- Manipulating the system -- Seeking recognition/finding community -- What's next? -- Conclusion -- Epilogue -- Appendix A: List of participants and demographics -- Appendix B: Guiding interview questions -- Bibliography -- Index
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