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The Injustice of Place book talk and alumni reception

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Injustice News BannerJoin the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs for a joint alumni book talk and reception with the authors of the book The Injustice of Place:

  • H. Luke Shaefer, Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan
  • Kathryn J. Edin, William Church Osbourne Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University
  • Timothy Nelson, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Sociology and Lecturer of Public Affairs at the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University

​​​​​​Leading scholars on poverty, the three authors will share key insights from the book, followed by a networking reception and book signing. 


About the book

Three of the nation’s top scholars ­– known for tackling key mysteries about poverty in America – turn their attention from the country’s poorest people to its poorest places. Based on a fresh, data-driven approach, they discover that America’s most disadvantaged communities are not the big cities that get the most notice. Instead, nearly all are rural. Little if any attention has been paid to these places or to the people who make their lives there.

This revelation set in motion a five-year journey across Appalachia, the Cotton and Tobacco Belts of the Deep South, and South Texas. Immersing themselves in these communities, pouring over centuries of local history, attending parades and festivals, the authors trace the legacies of the deepest poverty in America—including inequalities shaping people’s health, livelihoods, and upward social mobility for families. Wrung dry by powerful forces and corrupt government officials, the “internal colonies” in these regions were exploited for their resources and then left to collapse.

The unfolding revelation in The Injustice of Place is not about what sets these places apart, but about what they have in common—a history of raw, intensive resource extraction and human exploitation. This history and its reverberations demand a reckoning and a commitment to wage a new War on Poverty, with the unrelenting focus on our nation’s places of deepest need.


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