The Injustice of Place: Uncovering the Legacy of Poverty in America

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6.2 X 9.0 X 1.3 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

KATHRYN J. EDIN is the William Church Osborne Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. The author of nine books, Edin is widely recognized for using both quantitative research and direct, in-depth observation to illuminate key mysteries about poverty: "In a field of poverty experts who rarely meet the poor, Edin usefully defies convention" (New York Times).

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TIMOTHY J. NELSON is Director of Undergraduate Studies in Sociology and Lecturer of Public Affairs at the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of numerous articles on low-income fathers and is the co-author, with Edin, of the award-winning Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City.


"A powerful, alarming portrayal of how poverty remains entrenched in unfairly forgotten places across America." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Three of the nation's top poverty scholars deliver a profound inquiry into the most disadvantaged communities in America. Combining historical and statistical analysis with on-the-ground interviewing, the authors present novel and provocative arguments for many social ills that plague these regions. This book challenges and enrages, humbles and indicts--and forces you to see American poverty in a whole new light." -- Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evicted and Poverty, by America

"Captivating and insightful, The Injustice of Place sheds new light on how the places in which we live shape so many aspects of our lives -- from our jobs to our health to our children's prospects. By interweaving big data with on-the-ground ethnography and historical analysis, the authors exemplify the best of social science today, and will surely help frame policy discussions in the years to come." -- Raj Chetty, Harvard University, recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal recognizing the economist under forty whose work has made the most significant contribution to the field

"Woven with vivid, first-hand accounts and bolstered by fresh data, Injustice of Place convincingly knots present-day disadvantage to the long tail of racism and extractive capitalism. This book delivers new insights into solving today's most intractable injustices." -- Mona Hanna-Attisha, Flint, MI, pediatrician and author of What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

"There is no book on poverty in America quite like this one. Original reporting and rigorous data analysis reveal a living history of injustice maintained through corruption, resource extraction, and violence; but the book doesn't leave us there. We meet everyday people who, even in the face of backlash from the economic and political elite, try to bring about change. Incisive, surprising, enraging, and hopeful, The Injustice of Place is the book on poverty we've needed all along." -- Reuben Jonathan Miller, 2022 MacArthur Fellow and author of Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration

"This eye-opening account provides a powerful lens with which to view contemporary inequality in America." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Every few years, an academic work arrives that transcends genre, combining unparalleled research skills with engaging storytelling. The Injustice of Place... harnesses the most powerful aspects of big data while diving into historic narratives that continue to inform and instruct." -- Shelf Awareness (starred review)

"An innovative study of American poverty." -- Booklist

"Eye-opening... One of the most thoroughly researched portraits to date of poverty in often forgotten and neglected areas of the United States." -- Library Journal