In addressing the timely issue of China's urban poor policy Dr. Solinger will pose the question: why are the poor in Chinese cities managed so much more meagerly, in relative terms, than other groups? Using statistical material, comparative information and quotations from interviews, she will make the case that the state’s obsession with forging stability and with creating an appearance that conforms to the political elite's vision of modernity that has rendered China’s municipally-situated needy virtually invisible. This form of modernity is a site of aspiration regarded by the powerful as suitable for realizing their own illusions of rejuvenation, regeneration, and renovation. The crux of her claim lies in a sorry appraisal of the state’s Minimum Livelihood Guarantee (Dibao).
When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential elections, a bewildered nation struggled to understand what had happened and what Trump voters were thinking when they cast their ballots. Renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild had spent the preceding five years immersed in the strongly Tea-Party-facing community around Lake Charles, Louisiana. She then wrote Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right—now essential reading to understand what drives Trump supporters and what forces have led to the nation’s political divide.
On November 1st, the CPRC’s seminar series will welcome Arlie Hochschild for a discussion of Strangers in Their Own Land.
CPSP's faculty affiliate Qin Gao will be sharing insights from her new book, Welfare, Work, and Poverty: Social Assitance in China, at The New School's India China Institute on October 12th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM. Welfare, Work, and Poverty provides the first systematic and comprehensive evaluation of the impacts and effectiveness of China's primary social assistance program -- Minimum Livelihood Guarantee, or Dibao -- since its inception in 1993.
On June 7th, the NYU Furman Center will host By the Numbers: Concentrated Poverty. This forum is presented in conjunction with the release of the NYU Furman Center's State of New York City's Housing and Neighborhoods in 2016 report, copies of which will be distributed at the event. The forum will focus on poverty and its spatial concentration, including recent changes in poverty across New York City’s neighborhoods and demographic groups. The panel will discuss trends in New York City, how they compare to the experiences of other cities, and strategies for addressing concentrated poverty and its effects.
The Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC) and the Center on Poverty and Social Policy (CPSP) are pleased to announce the Poverty Tracker Data Training Workshop, which will be held May 18-19, 2017, at Columbia University in New York City. The workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the data available in the CPRC’s New York City Longitudinal Survey of Well-being, a repeated panel study tracking the dynamics of poverty, hardship, and well-being among representative samples of New York City residents.
The Columbia School of Social Work invites your participation in its third annual conference, on the theme of new frontiers in poverty research. Click here to learn more.
The Center on Poverty and Social Policy is holding its second annual conference on the theme of “new frontiers in poverty research.” It consists of three sessions: 1) on the Robin Hood Poverty Tracker and poverty in New York City; 2) on the fight against child poverty; and 3) a keynote discussion on where to go next.
The Center on Poverty and Social Policy (CPSP) and the Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC) invite you to a mini-conference on "New Frontiers in Poverty Research" on Thursday, May 21 to launch Columbia University's School of Social Work's new Center on Poverty and Social Policy. The program will include new research on poverty and hardship in NYC and the effects of social policies on vulnerable populations in the US, followed by presentations on the everyday lives of the poor by Andrea Elliott (New York Times) and Matthew Desmond (Harvard University). We hope you can join us for a lively and stimulating event!
Access the conference livestream here.