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More Than Bread: Ethnography of a Soup Kitchen
by Irene Glasser
University of Alabama Press, 2010
Paper: 978-0-8173-5618-7 | eISBN: 978-0-8173-8393-0
Library of Congress Classification HV696.S6G42 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.583

More Than Bread examines life in the dining room of the Tabernacle Soup Kitchen, located in Middle City in a New England state. What happens when one hundred guests, which include single mothers, drug addicts, alcoholics, the mentally ill, and the chronically unemployed, representing diverse age groups and ethnicities, come together in the dining room for several hours each day? Irene Glasser challenges the popular assumption that soup kitchens function primarily to provide food for the hungry by refocusing our attention on the social aspects of the dining room. The soup kitchen offers a model of a de-professionalized, nonclinical, nurturing setting that is in contrast to the traditional human services agency.

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