By Benedict Giamo, Jeffrey Grunberg
Beneficial properties interviews with 9 people who speak about the criteria that give a contribution to homelessness.
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GRUNBERG: Apparently where white researchers don't go. ROSSI: Apparently. Actually, a researcher, Leonard Blumberg, who studied the homeless in the 1950s in Philadelphia found very few blacks on that city's skid row. " And he speculated that they must have been taken care of inside the black ghetto. You see, he hadn't gone into the black ghetto of Philadelphia to see how the extremely poor were taken care of there. So maybe the case is that in Birmingham, somehow or another, the blacks take care of their dependent adults in that environment more so than they do in New York.
Blacks have an interesting kind of kinship set of obligations. ) It is much flatter. Blacks feel a flatter level of obligation to a wider network of kin. That is the basis of the black network Carol Stack researched where people can Page 16 very easily develop a kinship sense of obligation in relationships with first, second, and third cousins. In a circumstance where there is some affluence in there, it would be a fantastic way of getting along. It would be like the Koreans who help each other and make fictitious kin, and the like.
You want to get the big picture, which is a dull tale made up of headcounts, averages, and standard deviations accumulated over long periods of time, indicating where in our society there are large groups of people who are getting the dirty end of the stick. GRUNBERG: When I get the opportunity to speak to people about homelessness, I often say that nowadays there seem to be fewer people who have descended into homelessness from significantly higher levels. It seems that people are more likely to have been "born" into homelessness.