Call for Participants: Trapped in a Maze by Leslie Paik: Virtual Book Launch

Check out this Book Launch event for OOW member Leslie Paik:

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
12:30- 2pm Pacific
1:30 – 3pm  Mountain
2:30 – 4 pm Central
3:30 -5 pm Eastern


About the event: Please join us virtually on Wednesday, December 8 for the launch of Leslie Paik’s new book, Trapped in a Maze:  How Social Control Institutions Drive Family Poverty and Inequality, with commentary by Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, Susan Sered, and Maureen Waller. 

Book Summary: Trapped in a Maze provides a window into families’ lived experiences in poverty by looking at their complex interactions with institutions such as welfare, hospitals, courts, housing, and schools. Families are more intertwined with institutions than ever as they struggle to maintain their eligibility for services and face the possibility that involvement with one institution could trigger other types of institutional oversight. Many poor families find themselves trapped in a multi-institutional maze, stuck in between several systems with no clear path to resolution. Tracing the complex and often unpredictable journeys of families in this maze, this book reveals how the formal rationality by which these institutions ostensibly operate undercuts what they can actually achieve. And worse, it demonstrates how involvement with multiple institutions can perpetuate the conditions of poverty that these families are fighting to escape.

Author Bio: Leslie Paik is a qualitative sociologist whose research interests are youth, families, and law and society. Before coming to ASU, she was a professor of sociology at The City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. She also was selected as a Member in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, (2020-2021). Dr. Paik earned her PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles and a BA at Brown University.

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