More Than Bread: Ethnography of a Soup Kitchen


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University Alabama Press
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5.5 X 0.6 X 8.4 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Irene Glasser has widely published on homelessness and has been Professor of Anthropology at Eastern Connecticut State University, specializing in urban, applied, and medical anthropology. Since 1994 she has also been Director of Canadian Studies.


"A major contribution of the study is that it presents a clear picture of just who eats at--and hangs around--a particular soup kitchen in a relatively small New England town. This is important. Who the guests are in social terms, what they do at the soup kitchen, and what comprises the social and economic context of their lives are all significant dimensions of the poverty fringe that are most often ignored."

--Contemporary Sociology

"[M]easured, careful, well written, and deeply informative, More Than Bread is essential reading for anyone interested in poverty and hunger in the United States. It would make an excellent text in courses dealing with these issues because of its careful research, its focus, its clear discussion of social science methods, and its deeply moving portrayal of troubled people struggling to survive in a world that offers little help."

--Food and Foodways

"This is a lovely piece of work. The book is well-organized, clearly written, and worthwhile reading. It would be a good text for courses in urban studies or social work, and it merits reading by anyone who values good ethnography."