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How It Works: Recovering Citizens in Post-Welfare Philadelphia

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Of the some sixty thousand vacant properties in Philadelphia, half of them are abandoned row houses. Taken as a whole, these derelict homes symbolize the city’s plight in the wake of industrial decline. But a closer look reveals a remarkable new phenomenon—street-level entrepreneurs repurposing hundreds of these empty houses as facilities for recovering addicts and alcoh

Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 2009)
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This was a great book about the managed persistence of poverty and how recovery discourse is implicated in the perpetuation of the grinding poverty of Philadelphia. I thought the book was relevant to the work I do in the poverty industry in San Francisco, and how community mental health services are about managing the persistence of mental illness and poverty. This is a sociological work. The researcher spent a lot of time in the different recovery houses. He met really amazing people doing work ...more
This is a good ethnography, but it's written in a way that it's hard to read unless you have a lot of background on the subject.
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