EXILED IN AMERICA & UK HOUSING
Sociologist Christopher P. Dum, author of Exiled in America and UK writer and socialist Glyn Robbins, author of There's No Place will discuss new books related to housing issues both in the United States and the United Kingdom. The event will be on Saturday, November 3rd at 7 p.m.
For a year, the sociologist Christopher P. Dum lived in the Boardwalk Motel to better understand its residents and the varied paths that brought them there. Residential motels have long been places of last resort for many vulnerable Americans—released prisoners, people with disabilities or mental illness, struggling addicts, the recently homeless, and the working poor. Cast aside by their families and mainstream society, they survive in squalid, unsafe, and demeaning circumstances that few of us can imagine.He witnessed moments of violence and conflict, as well as those of care and compassion.
As told through the voices and experiences of motel residents, Exiled in America paints a portrait of a vibrant community whose members forged identities in response to overwhelming stigma and created meaningful lives despite crushing economic instability. In addition to chronicling daily life at the Boardwalk, Dum follows local neighborhood efforts to shut the establishment down, leading to a wider analysis of legislative attempts to sanitize shared social space. He also suggests meaningful policy changes to address the societal failures that lead to the need for motels such as the Boardwalk. The story of the Boardwalk, and the many motels like it, will concern anyone who cares about the lives of America’s most vulnerable citizens.
Christopher P. Dum is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Kent State University. He is a contributor to Justice Quarterly and Children and Youth Services Review. Professor Dum is also the co-founder of the ID-13 Prison Literacy Project, based at Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut, Ohio.
Glyn Robbins, author of There's No Place - The American Housing Crisis and What it Means for the UK will be introducing his book and talking about the policies that have led to the crisis in housing in the US and the UK. With a focus on grassroots activity and campaigning, Glyn seeks to challenge the logic of the market in the provision of housing and point towards solutions that will provide decent housing for all.
Glyn Robbins is a housing worker and campaigner. His articles about housing and urban policy appear regularly in the labour movement and housing press and have also been published by The Guardian. Glyn is an active trade unionist and socialist and has a PhD in urban policy.