Down on Their Luck

Down on Their Luck

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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. qDown on Their Luckq 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.Others try to avoid the long wait to sell their plasma by foregoing the search for a job and getting to the doorstep by 8:00 ... to make money on the weekends, at least thirty broke and homeless individuals will be sitting in front of the plasma center ... By giving only your plasma, you can safely donate as often as twice a week.

Title:Down on Their Luck
Author:David A. Snow, Leon Anderson
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 1993-01-13


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