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Making Sense of American Liberalism$
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Jonathan Bell and Timothy Stanley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036866

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036866.001.0001

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New York Liberalism and the Fight against Homelessness

New York Liberalism and the Fight against Homelessness

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(p.113) 5 New York Liberalism and the Fight against Homelessness
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Making Sense of American Liberalism
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Ella Howard

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036866.003.0006

This chapter uses the city of New York as a case study of the challenges facing liberals as they struggled to tailor their social policies to a political culture often hostile to public aid to the indigent. It traces the interaction of liberal policy making and the fortunes of those on the margins of society over the second half of the twentieth century. The chapter examines efforts to reform the behavior of the homeless as well as campaigns to renovate the areas in which they lived. New York liberalism shaped the development of urban renewal programs, substance abuse treatment programs, and mental health reform, and studying homelessness through that lens lends insight into an understanding of both liberal compassion and its limits.

Keywords:   liberals, social policies, New York liberalism, indigents, homeless people, urban renewal programs, substance abuse treatment, mental health reform, liberal compassion

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