Book talk: Kristin Seefeldt's "Abandoned Families"
Wednesday, 3/29/2017, 4:00 to 5:30. ARCHIVED EVENT
Location: Annenberg Auditorium, Weill Hall, Ford School of Public Policy, 735 S. State St, Ann Arbor 48109
Education, employment, and home ownership have long been considered stepping stones to the middle class. But in Abandoned Families, social policy expert Kristin Seefeldt shows how many working families have access only to a separate but unequal set of poor-quality jobs, low-performing schools, and declining housing markets which offer few chances for upward mobility. Through in-depth interviews over a six-year period with women in Detroit, Seefeldt charts the increasing social isolation of many low-income workers, particularly African Americans, and analyzes how economic and residential segregation keep them from achieving the American Dream of upward mobility.
Kristin S. Seefeldt's primary research interests lie in exploring how low-income individuals understand their situations, particularly around issues related to work and economic well-being.