Journal Article — Parallel Dualisms: Understanding America’s Apathy for the Homeless through the Sociological Imagination — by Colin Allen

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Drawing various sources in Spencer E. Cahill’s anthology, Inside Social Life (2004), the author, a First Year Seminar student at UMass Boston and an honor student, contrasts the contradiction found in his own personal life between what one thinks of oneself and what one actually does, with the contradiction at the societal level between sympathy offered to the homeless and what the society does about it.

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Drawing various sources in Spencer E. Cahill’s anthology, Inside Social Life (2004), the author, a First Year Seminar student at UMass Boston and an honor student, contrasts the contradiction found in his own personal life between what one thinks of oneself and what one actually does, with the contradiction at the societal level between sympathy offered to the homeless and what the society does about it. Such parallel dualisms experienced via the author’s sociological imagination then leads him to explore, from a social psychological standpoint, various facets of the American culture and society as they relate to the problem of homelessness.

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Allen, Colin. 2007. “Parallel Dualisms: Understanding America’s Apathy for the Homeless through the Sociological Imagination.” Pp. 51-60 in Insiders/Outsiders: Voices from the Classroom (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume V, Issue 2, 2007.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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