LunchUP: Alex Murphy, "Where the Sidewalks End: Built Environment, Poverty, & Neighboring in an American Suburb"
Alex Murphy, Assistant Professor, Sociology – University of Michigan; Faculty Affiliate, Population Studies Center at ISR
For the first time in American history, the majority of low income people live in the suburbs. The largest share of these suburbanites live in postwar, bedroom suburbs. What is everyday life like for people, especially people of color, who live below the poverty line in suburbs built for the white middle class? How does living in a suburb shape the experience of poverty? Do theories derived in urban contexts about how place impacts poverty translate to this new suburban context? Drawing on ethnographic and interview data collected in one postwar suburb outside of Pittsburgh, this talk will address these questions by focusing on how space shapes (1) people's challenges getting around and (2) the social networks they form in this place.
These sessions are a response to requests from faculty and students to learn more about what’s going on in the field in an informal environment. We hope this can inspire emergent thoughts and connections that will inform our scholarship.
Lunch is included, please bring a drink.