The Tenuous Attachments of Working Class Men
June 13, 2018 - Presented by Professor Kathryn Edin from Princeton University hosted by THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Date / Time
1:15 pm 13/06/2018 -
2:45 pm 13/06/2018
Seminar 201, Level 2 - Cycad Building #1018, Long Pocket
The University of Queensland, Saint Lucia QLD, Australia
What can explain the withdrawal of prime age working class men from the US labor force? Why the market increase in “deaths of despair”—suicide, overdose, and liver-related disease—among white working class men but not African Americans? Drawing from both ethnographic and demographic data, Edin suggests the answers can be found in such men’s increasingly tenuous ties to work, family, and faith, plus white working class men’s belief that their prospects are diminished relative to their parents’ generation.
Professor Kathryn Edin is one of the world’s leading poverty researchers, working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts, through direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income populations. A qualitative and mixed-method researcher, she has taken on key mysteries about the urban poor that have not been fully answered by quantitative work: How do single mothers possibly survive on welfare? Why don’t more go to work? Why do they end up as single mothers in the first place? Where are the fathers and why do they disengage from their children’s lives? How have the lives of the single mothers changed as a result of welfare reform? The hallmark of her research is her direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income women, men, and children. Edin has authored 8 books and some 60 journal articles. $2 a Day: The Art of Living on Virtually Nothing in America, co-authored with Luke Shaefer, was met with wide critical acclaim. It was included in The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015, cited as “essential reporting about the rise in destitute families.” Edin is a Trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation, was a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on Housing and Families with Young Children and was a past member of the MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy. In 2014, she was elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. She was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance in 2017. Edin received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from North Park University and a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University. She has previously taught at Rutgers University, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, and Johns Hopkins University.