Homeless And Homelessness

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Homelessness as my topic of interest. This issue was very interesting knowing how certain individuals became homeless. This topic is perceived in mainstream society because these are people who live on our streets because their family put them out or they got fired from their job. When They are put on the street they have no place to go and nowhere to turn. Living on the street is an easy way out for them because they don't have a backup plan. People who have cars, jobs, and money look at homeless people like their worthless or they don’t belong. Not knowing the cause of why they are homeless. These are individuals who struggle to survive every day outside on the street without shelter. They have no family or shelter and it’s hard for them to find jobs because they don’t have a place to stay or social security card for the jobs they try to apply for. Homeless people don’t have the proper training or experience to work so people don’t hire them. That’s why when they apply for different jobs no one calls them back. Sociologist Meanwell explains how United States homelessness has continued to grow since the early 1980s with a particular proliferation among vagrant women and families. In 1984, the cities of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles had the largest number of homeless persons per population, with New York witnessing the highest rates of homeless individuals (Wolch, Dear, & Akita, 1988). The concept of homelessness is not easily defined. The average person understands the basic concept of vagrancy, researchers in the sociological field have applied inconsistent definitions to the concept of homelessness, understandably so as the notion encompasses a dimension more exhaustive than a singular definition of “an individual without residence.” The theory that goes along with homelessness is symbolic Interactionism. Symbolic Interactionism analyze society by addressing events and behaviors in people’s lives. This theory is based on what people believed and not just on what is objectively true. For example, why do teenagers smoke cigarettes because they saw someone else doing it and they thought it was cool. My topic relates to this example because people who become homeless saw

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