On Hobos and Homelessness by Nels Anderson
(Heritage of Sociology Series)

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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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Anderson was a pioneer in the study of the homeless. He remains an extraordinary and underrated figure in the history of American sociology. Rauty teaches history of sociology at the University of Salerno.
 
Published February 15, 1999 by University of Chicago Press. 310 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Anderson (1889-1986) was a hobo when he began collecting ethnographic information about his fellow hobos for his University of Chicago master's thesis in sociology.

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