Title

A reassessment of the sociability of long term skid row residents: A social network approach.

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Jay Sokolovsky

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1981

Date Issued

January 1981

Date Available

June 2014

ISSN

0378-8733

Abstract

Despite more than one hundred and fifty empirical studies completed on the subject of skid row, no issue remains so completely muddled than that of the sociability of skid row men. Utilizing network analysis techniques developed in previous work with inner-city populations, the authors interviewed 48 elderly residents of the Bowery. The data dispelled the notion that skid rowers are completely isolated, incapable of intimacy and complex social formation, and unable to enlist the support of their compeers in response to deteriorating health. Nonetheless, as contrasted with other urban populations, they had markedly constricted social worlds. A reinterpretation of the literature is proffered based on these findings.

Comments

Abstract only. Full-text article is available through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Social Networks, 3, 93-105. doi.org/10.1016/0378-8733(81)90008-3. Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.

Language

en_US

Publisher

Elsevier

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