Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
October 21, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
Once at the middle of British and American societies, today white working class people have drifted to the margins and are transforming their countries’ politics. How did this happen? And what could possibly lead a group with such enduring numerical power to, in many instances, consider themselves a “minority” in the countries they once defined? In The New Minority, Justin Gest reports findings from original surveys and full-immersion fieldwork among the white working class people of once thriving industrial cities to draw impactful conclusions about their political behavior. In this daring and compelling book, he makes the case that tension between the vestiges of white working class power and its perceived loss have produced the unique phenomenon of their radicalization.
Justin Gest is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at George Mason
University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, and the co-founder
and deputy director of the Migration Studies Unit at the London School
of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His teaching and research
interests include minority political behavior, immigration policy, and
demographic change. He is also the author of Apart: Alienated and
Engaged Muslims in the West (Oxford University Press, 2010) and
Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in Times of Demographic
Change (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2017).