Broadening Perspectives on Homelessness

Broadening Perspectives on Homelessness Despite its wealth and high standard of living, America in the 1980s saw an unexpected rise in the number of its homeless people. Few domestic social problems, with the exception of AIDS, received more public discussion, media coverage, and social science research. In 1990, the Academy co-sponsored an interdisciplinary symposium focused on trends in current scholarship on homelessness. Participants addressed such topics as: new approaches in the study of homelessness; poverty and homelessness; and institutional, political, and ideological barriers to providing services for the homeless. The published volume critically examined the shortcomings of the research into the causes of homelessness and addressed barriers to remedying this social problem.

Resulting Publication

  • Broadening Perspectives on Homelessness, ed. David Snow and M. Gerald Bradford. American Behavioral Scientist, vol. 37, no. 4, February 1994. Available from publisher.

Project Data

  • PROJECT DATE: 1990-1994
  • PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS: David A. Snow (University of Arizona) and David Easton (University of California, Irvine)
  • SOURCE OF FUNDING: University of California, Los Angeles
  • COLLABORATING ORGANIZATION: University of California, Los Angeles


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