On Hobos and Homelessness
Nels Anderson was a pioneer in the study of the homeless. In the early 1920s Anderson combined his own experience "on the bummery," with his keen sociological insight to give voice to a largely ignored underclass. He remains an extraordinary and underrated figure in the history of American sociology.
On Hobos and Homelessness includes Anderson's rich and vibrant ethnographic work of a world of homeless men. He conducted his study on Madison street in Chicago, and we come to intimately know this portion of the 1920s hobo underworld—the harshness of vagrant life and the adventures of young hobos who come to the big city. This selection also includes Anderson's later work on the juvenile and the tramp, the unattached migrant, and the family. Like John Steinbeck's Depression-era observations, Anderson's writings express the memory of those who do not seem entitled to have memory, whose lives were expressed in temporary labor.
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Introduction to the Phoenix Edition of the Hobo
The Jungles The Homeless Man Abroad
The Lodging House The Homeless Man at Home
The Hobo and the Tramp
Summary of Findings and Recommendations
Summary of a Study of Four Hundred Tramps Summer 1921
An Old Problem in New Form
The Unattached Migrant
Migrancy and the Labor Market
A Family in the Hobomania Era
The Sort of Jobs the Hobo Brought
Some Dimensions of Time
The Trend of Urban Sociology
Urbanism as a Way of Life
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