Down and Out in Los Angeles and Berlin

Down and Out in Los Angeles and Berlin

The Sociospatial Exclusion of Homeless People

Paperback - 2015
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Los Angeles, California, and Berlin, Germany, have been dubbed "homeless capitals" for having the largest homeless populations of their respective countries. In Down and Out in Los Angeles and Berlin, Jürgen von Mahs provides an illuminating comparative analysis of the impact of social welfare policy on homelessness in these cities. He addresses the opportunity of people to overcome--or "exit"--homelessness and shows why Berlin, despite its considerable social and economic investment for assisting its homeless, has been almost as unsuccessful as Los Angeles.

Drawing on fascinating ethnographic insights, von Mahs shows how homeless people in both cities face sociospatial exclusion-legal displacement for criminal activities, poor shelters in impoverished neighborhoods, as well as market barriers that restrict reintegration. Providing a necessary wake-up call, Down and Out in Los Angeles and Berlin addresses the critical public policy issues that can produce effective services to improve homeless people's chances to end their homelessness once and for all.

Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2015
Copyright Date: 2013
ISBN: 9781439908273
1439908273
Branch Call Number: HV4506.L67 V66 2015x
Characteristics: xvi, 191 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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