No Fixed Abode

A History of Responses to the Roofless and the Rootless in Britain

  • Robert Humphreys

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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    Pages 1-15
  3. Robert Humphreys
    Pages 16-30
  4. Robert Humphreys
    Pages 31-55
  5. Robert Humphreys
    Pages 78-112
  6. Robert Humphreys
    Pages 113-136
  7. Robert Humphreys
    Pages 137-166
  8. Robert Humphreys
    Pages 167-180
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 181-222

About this book


Homelessness is now a much greater problem than twenty years ago. In Britain today around half-a-million homeless people form a regrettable permanent 'underclass'. This book spells out their similarities with the spurned vagrant of bygone days. It traces how for centuries emergent laws have combated alleged threats from unruly vagrants while largely ignoring causal factors like economic fluctuation, bad harvests, disease and war. It is argued that only educational and social reform will alleviate the homeless plight.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Robert Humphreys
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Economic HistoryLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-40905-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-51086-9
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