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1: Panhandle: To obtain by approaching and begging from a stranger

2: A little history Many towns and cities had an area which contained the poor, transients, and afflicted, such as a "skid row". In New York City, for example, there was an area known as "the Bowery", traditionally, where alcoholics were to be found sleeping on the streets, bottle in hand. Rescue missions offering "soup, soap, and salvation", a phrase introduced by The Salvation Army, sprang up along the Bowery thoroughfare, including the oldest one, The Bowery Mission

4: Panhandling has been around since the beginning of time. There has always been a need for those who are less fortunate than others to ask for help. Some see these people as being dirty, lazy, and most of all beggars.

5: Reasons: Untreated mental illness, and disability can cause individuals to become paranoid, anxious, or depressed, making it difficult or impossible to maintain employment, pay bills, or keep supportive social relationships. Substance abuse can drain financial resources, cause job or housing loss, and hinder supportive social relationships. Women and children flee from domestic violence and many find it difficult to secure a new place of residence and/or a job. Individuals being discharged from prison have few resources to "get back on their feet." Youths who "age out" of systems, such as foster care have nowhere to go.

7: It is a common misconception that all panhandlers are homeless and all homeless people are panhandlers.

8: Homelessness or Panhandling?

9: I would use the conflict perspective for panhandling. As its name states, their is a conflict between the haves and the have-nots in society. There is a constant and continuous struggle for power. With this perspective, it is very unlikely that this social problem would be or could be alleviated. I feel as if those at the top of the food chain spared some of their things with those in need nothing would change. i say that because we as humans always want more. There will always be those who have and those who have-not. | i believe that conflict between different groups are sometimes needed in order to maintain a stable and strong structure. i also believe that our society has labeled these people as lazy, dirty, and beggars so they would have an excuse not to have to deal with them.

11: There are some panhandlers who do not want your money or food. They just want a beer to help get them through their day. As for this guy, he figured honesty was the best way to get what he wanted.

12: Panhandling to me is a way for individuals and/or families to get money, food, or other things needed or wanted to survive through the day. i think it is seen as a way of life for those in need, but there are those who abuse it. Those who abuse panhandling makes all those who legitimately needing help look bad. Those in dire need of the assistance of others may not get it due to the fact that they are seen to just be begging. Some feel that panhandlers are capable of finding jobs just like the rest of society so they do nothing to help those asking for it on the side of the road. Some panhandlers play the sympathy card by having their children on the streets asking for money and food because we as a society are more inclined to help a needy child rather than an able bodied adult. Whether you feel the need to help those with their signs or their buckets, just think if that were you or one of your family members before you judge them. We all have needed help or may need help in the future. Panhandling is just their form of asking for help.

13: Will you leave this hand empty?

14: All photos came from -Cover page and page 13: Cupped hand, Canopy, Date unknown -Page 1: Portrait of homeless man w/ placard, Moodboard, Date unknown -Page 3: Blind beggar by Jacob Riis, Bettmann, Ca. 1890 -Page 6: Homeless man, Cusp, Date unknown -Page 8: Two homeless men sitting on sidewalk, Bridge, Date unknown and America's uninsured, Terra, January 5, 2003 -Page 10: Homeless woman begs for help on city sidewalk, Corbis news, Ca.1996 and Indians w/ begging bowls at Bodh Gaya Temple, Terra, January 19, 2007 and Man crouching on street w/ begging bucket, historical, date unknown -Page 11: Portrait of homeless man w/ placard, Moodboard plus, Date unknown

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