Poverty and Economic Justice Scholarship at Carolina Law - Video
by UNC School of Law
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On February 1, 2011 the Poverty Centerl hosted a program highlighting recent powerful work in economic justice by three Carolina faculty members: Max Eichner, Melissa Jacoby and Deborah Weissman. Max Eichner's new book, The Supportive State: Families, Government, and America's Political Ideals (Oxford Press) argues that the state bears responsibility for structuring societal institutions to support families in their care and developmental functions. These demands apply, particularly, when labor markets fail to assure adequate opportunities for caretaking. Melissa Jacoby's multidisciplinary research leading the national Consumer Bankruptcy Project, has revealed and explored the dramatic link between a modern bankruptcy explosion and the challenges of financing medical care. Deborah Weissman's recent work on local immigration enforcement practices, especially under the auspices of the 287(g) program in North Carolina, demonstrates a hard intersection between race, poverty and vulnerability in our communities.