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The Value of HomelessnessManaging Surplus Life in the United States$
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Craig Willse

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816693474

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816693474.001.0001

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From Pathology to Population

From Pathology to Population

Managing Homelessness in the United States

(p.81) Three From Pathology to Population
The Value of Homelessness

Craig Willse

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter Three moves to an historical analysis of the role of the federal government in homeless management, tracing two moments of federal intervention, during the early New Deal of the 1930s and then in the mid-1980s. The chapter argues that different forms of federal intervention in those two eras point to a shift of understanding homelessness as a crisis of labor in the former to one of consumption in the latter. The introduction of federal oversight in 1987 produces metagovernance, or the governance of governance, as subnational states and cities must shape their local responses to new federal funding requirements.

Keywords:   homeless management, federal intervention, homelessness, metagovernance, welfare state, social welfare

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