CURE Seminar Series: “On the Political Meanings of the Transformation of Property and Ownership in the United States,” with James DeFilippis

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The last decade has seen significant growth in the numbers of, and interest in, forms of ownership that have been variously called, “solidarity economies” or “alternative economies” or “non-capitalist economies.” While there is a lot written about these efforts, there is relatively little that has explored the lived meanings for those involved in such endeavors. The paper will ask how participation in forms of ownership that are different from the norm in American society impacts the political understandings and meanings that are attached to those forms of ownership. In short, does being part of such a form of ownership have political meaning to participants? If so, what are the meanings and how can they be properly understood by those looking to these forms of ownership to be part of a larger socially transformative movement? Drawing on scores of interviews with community land trust (CLT) residents, staff and board members, foundation and government funders, and others, this paper will discuss and analyze the reality that for most of the participants in such endeavors, the political meanings are muted, under-explored, and often fairly minor. It is this contradiction; between the significance of the change in the ownership form and the relatively insignificant political meanings attached to that changed ownership that this paper will probe. It will do so in order to better understand the political potential and limitations of “solidarity economy” forms of ownership, and to realistically assess what can be expected of these forms by those who aspire to have a more just political economy.


CURE Seminar Series: “If You Can Weather the Storm”: Urban Inequality and the Transition to Adulthood” with Susan Clampet-Lundquist

Adolescence and early adulthood is a time of defining what one is “about” – finding and claiming an identity. We know a lot about this process for middle-class youth, but not as much for young people that have grown up in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the U.S. This talk draws from the book, Coming of Age in the Other America, to discuss how neighborhoods matter, outline identity-making for a group of youth in Baltimore, and explore how we can use public policy to disrupt the cycle of neighborhood and family poverty.

Susan Clampet-Lundquist is an associate professor of sociology at Saint Joseph’s University.  She received her PhD in Sociology and Master’s in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s in Urban Studies from Temple University. Her research focuses on urban neighborhoods, families, adolescent risk behavior, and social policy. Much of her social policy work has focused on the effects of housing mobility initiatives for low-income families in Philadelphia and Baltimore who have moved through HOPE VI and Moving to Opportunity.  Coming of Age in the Other America, her book written with Stefanie DeLuca and Kathryn Edin, examines urban inequality through the experiences of young adults in Baltimore. In addition, she is working on a research project in which 150 teenagers in high-crime neighborhoods in Philadelphia were interviewed about their concerns about neighborhood safety and experiences with police.

Date & Time
September 15, 2017
12:15 pm-1:30 pm

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Center director Paul Jargowsky co-authors article on poverty in the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia


Urban areas in the United States have always attracted destitute persons, including immigrants and internal migrants fleeing even worse poverty and harsher conditions elsewhere. Philadelphia and its environs were no exception, having had a reputation as “the best poor man’s country” reaching as far back as the city’s founding in 1682. Despite the area’s vibrant economy and opportunities for social mobility, however, poverty remained very much a part of its history, even as both the nature and extent of the problem shifted over time.

Read the full article here