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LGM Podcast: From the Edge of the Ghetto


For the latest LGM podcast, I interviewed Alford Young, Edgar G. Epps Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, about his 2020 book From the Edge of the Ghetto: African-Americans and the World of Work. This is a fascinating case study of Ypsilanti, Michigan, a poor small city east of Ann Arbor and west of Detroit. In it, he explores the spatial dimensions of work in a racialized space, the barriers between the Ypsilanti people and the promises of the Ann Arbor economy, and how both working class Black men and women in the city see issues such as “good jobs” and “work ethic.” It was a great conversation about the intersection of race and work in the United States, with lots of excellent tidbits. Check it out.

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