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Author Fairbanks, Robert P., II, 1968-
Title How it works : recovering citizens in post-welfare Philadelphia / Robert P. Fairbanks II.
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Author Fairbanks, Robert P., II, 1968-
Subject Self-help housing -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Self-help housing -- Political aspects -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Recovery movement -- Political aspects -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Social settlements -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Welfare recipients -- Housing -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Alcoholics -- Rehabilitation -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Substance abuse treatment facilities -- Government policy -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Informal sector (Economics) -- Political aspects -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Kensington (Philadelphia, Pa.) -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Description 1 online resource (x, 298 pages) : illustrations
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-292) and index.
Contents Introduction -- The making of AHAD -- "How it works": the basic architecture of the Kensington recovery house system -- The art of building programmatic space -- The persistent (failures) of the recovery house system: low wage, labor, relapse, and the wreckage of the past -- Unruly spaces of managed persistence -- Statecraft/self-craft: policy transfer in the recovery house movement -- Conclusion.
Summary Of the some sixty thousand vacant properties in Philadelphia, half of them are abandoned row houses. Taken as a whole, these derelict homes symbolize the city's plight in the wake of industrial decline. But a closer look reveals a remarkable new phenomenon--street-level entrepreneurs repurposing hundreds of these empty houses as facilities for recovering addicts and alcoholics. How It Works is a compelling study of this recovery house movement and its place in the new urban order wrought by welfare reform. To find out what life is like in these recovery houses, Robert P. Fairbanks II goes insid.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780226234113 (electronic bk.)
0226234118 (electronic bk.)
9780226234083 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0226234088 (hardcover. ; alk. paper)
9780226234090 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0226234096 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 9786612426384
OCLC # 526106701
Additional Format Print version: Fairbanks, Robert P., II, 1968- How it works. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009 9780226234090 9780226234090 (DLC) 2008054100 (OCoLC)298128773