Sociologist Addresses Long-Term Unemployment of the Working Class in New Book
Tune in Monday, September 28 at 8 a.m. CST for my interview with Victor Tan Chen, author of CUT LOOSE: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy. In his new book, Chan argues that unemployment has become a more dangerous proposition for working families, thanks to rising inequality and uncertainty, and a harsh culture of judgement. 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 also looks at what we can do to improve the situation for those who have lost out in today’s new economy.
About the Author
Victor Tan Chen is a sociology professor at Virginia Commonwealth University who studies economic inequality. Chen’s previous book was THE MISSING CLASS: Portraits of the Near Poor in America, one of the top-selling sociology books of recent years. Chen’s work has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, BBC News, the Boston Globe, and C-SPAN’s Book TV. He is also the editor of In The Fray, an award-winning magazine devoted to personal stories on global issues. Chen received his degrees from Harvard University and was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He has given talks at MIT, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago, and he has been interviewed on radio shows across the country.