In his recently released book, ethnographer and historical sociologist Armando Lara-Millán discusses the way in which states govern urban poverty at the turn of the 21st century. Lara-Millán’s idea of "redistributing the poor" draws attention to how state agencies circulate people between different institutional spaces in such a way that generates revenue for some agencies, cuts costs for others, and projects illusions that services have been legally rendered. By centering the state's use of redistribution, Lara-Millán shows how certain forms of social suffering – including the premature death of mainly poor, people of color – are not a result of the state's failure to act, but instead a necessary outcome of so-called successful policy.
Armando’s work will be discussed by Monica C. Bell, Professor of Law and Sociology at Yale and member of The Justice Collaboratory. The event will be moderated by Camila Gripp, Senior Research Associate at The Justice Collaboratory.
Biography: Armando Lara-Millán is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley. He earned his PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University in 2013 before becoming a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar in Health Policy Research. His work has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Criminology, Punishment & Society, and Qualitative Sociology. His book Redistributing the Poor was published with Oxford University Press.