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The American Way of Poverty: The Role of Inequality and Perceptions of a Stacked Economy in Shaping Modern Politics

Sasha Abramsky, UC Davis
When
Nov 10, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-800)
Where
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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916-445-5161
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Sasha Abramsky is a widely published freelance journalist and book author. His writings appear regularly in the Nation and, locally, in Sacramento Magazine and Sacramento News & Review. His book, The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives, was listed by the New York Times as amongst the 100 Notable Books of 2013. His next book, The House of Twenty Thousand Books, was listed by Kirkus as amongst the best non-fiction books of 2015. Abramsky is currently working on a book about the role of fear in modern American politics, to be published by Nation Books in the fall of 2017. He taught for several years at the U.C. Center Sacramento, and currently teaches part-time in the University Writing Program at U.C. Davis.

 

Abramsky will explore the contours of what post-2008 poverty looks like in America and, specifically, in California, and how this poverty and inequality plays out in the political arena, shaping what issues we debate and how we debate them; what candidates rise to the top, and what language they use to connect with angry and insecure audiences. Since this will be immediately after the election, Abramsky will, of course, be referencing current political developments in his conversation.





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