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University of Nebraska - Lincoln University of Nebraska - Lincoln [email protected] of Nebraska - Lincoln [email protected] of Nebraska - Lincoln Sociology Department, Faculty Publications Sociology, Department of 2010 The New Homelessness Revisited The New Homelessness Revisited Barrett A. Lee Pennsylvania State University , [email protected] Kimberly A. Tyler University of Nebraska-Lincoln , [email protected] James D. Wright University of Central Florida , [email protected]u Follow this and additional works at: Part of the Sociology Commons Lee, Barrett A.; Tyler, Kimberly A.; and Wright, James D., "The New Homelessness Revisited" (2010). Sociology Department, Faculty Publications . 127. This Article is brought to you for free and open access by the Sociology, Department of at [email protected] of Nebraska - Lincoln. It has been accepted for inclusion in Sociology Department, Faculty Publications by an authorized administrator of [email protected] of Nebraska - Lincoln.
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Published in Annual Review of Sociology 36 (2010), pp. 501–521; doi: 10.1146/annurev-soc-070308-115940 Copyright © 2010 by Annual Reviews. Used by permission. Published online March 15, 2010; in print August 2010. The New Homelessness Revisited Barrett A. Lee, 1 Kimberly A. Tyler, 2 and James D. Wright 3 1. Department of Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802-6207; email [email protected] 2. Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0324; email [email protected] 3. Department of Sociology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 32816-1360; email [email protected] Abstract The new homelessness has drawn sustained attention from scholars over the past three decades. Definitional inconsistencies and data limitations rendered early work during this period largely speculative in nature. Thanks to concep- tual, theoretical, and methodological progress, however, the research literature now provides a fuller understanding of homelessness. Contributions by sociol- ogists and other social scientists since the mid-1990s differentiate among types of homelessness, provide credible demographic estimates, and show how be- ing homeless affects a person’s life chances and coping strategies. Agreement also exists about the main macro- and micro-level causes of homelessness. Ac- tive lines of inquiry examine public, media, and governmental responses to the problem as well as homeless people’s efforts to mobilize on their own behalf. Despite the obstacles faced when studying a stigmatized population marked by high turnover and weak anchors to place, recent investigations have sig- nificantly influenced homelessness policy. A greater emphasis on prevention should further strengthen the research-policy nexus.
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