Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thought you might be interested Thursday: 25 years after The Truly Disadvantaged

In 2012, Harvard University's Multidisciplinary Program Inequality and Social Policy considered the groundbreaking book The Truly Disadvantaged by William Julius Wilson with the author and others.   The day-long event featured experts of all kinds―including academics and psychologists―representing a range of fields such as sociology, political science, and economics.

In the book, Wilson, according to Harvard,

takes a look at the social transformation of inner city ghettos, offering a sharp evaluation of the convergence of race and poverty. Rejecting both conservative and liberal interpretations of life in the inner city, Wilson offers essential information and a number of solutions to policymakers. The Truly Disadvantaged is a wide-ranging examination, looking at the relationship between race, employment, and education from the 1950s onwards, with surprising and provocative findings. This second edition also includes a new afterword from Wilson himself that brings the book up to date and offers fresh insight into its findings.

The 2012 event featured five panels:

  • "Deindustrialization and Joblessness"
  • "Neighborhood Inequality and the Concentration of Social Dislocations"
  • "Family Structure and Social Change"
  • "Race and Segregation"
  • "The State and the Politics of Inequality"

The first segment, starting with an opening by Wilson and followed by the first panel, is below.   The remaining segments are on the event page.

If you have not read the book and would like to, it is available at DC Public Library.

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