ERIC Number: ED094903
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Housing Sacramento's Invisible Men: Farm Workers, Hustlers, and Misfits. Research Monograph No. 9.
Durant, Bill E.; Ragster, Silas N.
The first in a series, this paper deals with housing offered employable single men in Sacramento, California during the winter of 1969-70. Sponsored by the Department of Applied Behavioral Sciences (University of California, Davis), the study was begun in February 1970. The initial impetus for university involvement in the problems of single, displaced agricultural workers resulted from contacts between the university and the Sacramento Singlemen Selfhelp Group, Inc. (SSSC), an organization representing a segment of the seasonal farm labor force. Research was conducted at a housing project operated by the Sacramento City-County Housing Authority from October 1, 1969 through April 15, 1970. Information was gathered by the in-culture research method, which operates on the philosophy that persons who participate in a culture or subculture are a valuable information source on their needs and lifestyles. Case studies, interviews, and a questionnaire were used. This report discusses the three types of men living at the center (farmworkers, hustlers, and misfits); their attitudes about themselves and the living facility; and the history of some problems encountered at the project. Some of the findings indicated that the center became an institution with the same problems encountered in jails and prisons; and that the men needed meaningful roles in the development, operation, and maintenance of the housing facility. A glossary of terms and statistical data on the 774 men housed at the center are given in the two appendixes. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Davis. Dept. of Applied Behavioral Sciences.
Identifiers - Location: California; California (Sacramento)