Meet VCU's Authors: Victor Chen
James Branch Cabell Library, lecture hall (room 303)
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23284
Victor Chen, Assistant Professor of Sociology, will be talking about his new book, Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy (University of California Press, 2015).
Years after the Great Recession, the economy is still weak, and an unprecedented number of workers have sunk into long spells of unemployment. Cut Loose provides a vivid and moving account of the experiences of some of these men and women, through the example of a historically important group: autoworkers. Their well-paid jobs on the assembly lines built a strong middle class in the decades after World War II. But today, they find themselves beleaguered in a changed economy of greater inequality and risk, one that favors the well-educated—or well-connected. Cut Loose offers a poignant look at how the long-term unemployed struggle in today's unfair economy to support their families, rebuild their lives and overcome the shame and self-blame that they deal with on a daily basis. It is also a call to action—a blueprint for a new kind of politics, one that offers a measure of grace in a society of ruthless advancement.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street, and West Cary Street parking decks. For questions, please call Gregory Kimbrell, events coordinator, at (804) 828-0593.
For more information about the event, see the event listing from the VCU Humanities Research Center. For information about all Humanities Research Center events, see the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences events list.
The Humanities Research Center and VCU Libraries present the "Meet VCU's Authors" series.
Image: Blue and golden paper marbling, book back cover, Germany, around 1880, scanned by Roman Eisele