Sociologist Lisa Dodson's 'Moral Underground'

December 14, 2010

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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Author Lisa Dodson looks at America's moral underground.

The Great Recession has left an increasing amount of Americans struggling with basic needs, like putting food on the table. Public sociologist Lisa Dodson wanted to know how these Americans deal with that struggle. She talked with low-wage employees and their supervisors. She also interviewed educators and health care workers who confront poverty every day. She found that many people are breaking the rules to help those in need.

Dodson’s new book is "The Moral Underground: How Ordinary People Subvert an Unfair Economy."

Back in September, the Invisible Institute hosted a conversation between Dodson and WBEZ’s Steve Edwards. Dodson began their conversation by explaining how and why some employers are helping employees make ends meet.
 

To continue the conversation, "Eight Forty-Eight" wants to know: What do you think about the idea of breaking the rules to help poor people?

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Music Button: Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, "Song For David", from the CD Voices and Choices", (Ubiquity)