Dictionaries of Homelessness

Julie Coleman

in A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199549375
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720772 | DOI:

Series: A History Of Cant and Slang Dictionaries

 Dictionaries of Homelessness

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This chapter looks at some of the consequences of the First World War by grouping together dictionaries of the homeless. The earliest deal with the carefree life of the hobo, a popular figure in the cinema of the between-wars period, while later ones consider the miseries of homeless orphaned children during the Depression.

Keywords: Depression; hobo; American; Britain; Orwell; sociology; dictionary

Chapter.  9863 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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