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Hobo Jungle

A Homeless Community in Paradise

Wakin, Michelle (author)

ISBN: 9781626378728

Publication Date: Mar 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Explores the evolution of unsheltered homelessness through an evocative portrait of a jungle encampment that has endured since the Great Depression in one of the most opulent cities on California's south coast.
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For many decades and for many reasons, people who are homeless have chosen to live in camps or other makeshift settings, even when shelters are available. Is this an act of resistance? Of self-preservation? Or are they simply too addicted, too mentally ill, or too criminal to adapt to the rules and regulations of shelter life? To address these questions, Michele Wakin explores the evolution of unsheltered homelessness through an evocative portrait of a jungle encampment that has endured since the Great Depression in one of the most opulent cities on California's south coast.

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Excellent.... Wakin goes beyond earlier work to explode traditional ideas of how homelessness has been conceptualized.
Pages 220
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Mar 2020
Publisher Lynne Rienner Publishers
Subject/s Social issues & processes   Population & demography  
  • My Welcome to the Jungle.
  • A Protected Community: 1940s–1950s.
  • Power and Protest: 1980s.
  • Danger and Risk: 2000s.
  • A Hierarchy of Makeshifts.
  • Paradise Revisited.
Michele Wakin is professor of sociology at Bridgewater State University. She is the author of Otherwise Homeless: Vehicle Living and the Culture of Homelessness.

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