Recorded September 13, 2014. Dr. Kim Scipes is interviewed by Greater Oak Park DSA’s Tom Broderick. What is the measure of poverty in America? While a few Americans are doing very well indeed, is there more poverty now or less? If, under capitalism, the poor will always be with us, how does our country compare to other industrialized states? And why? Hint: It’s no accident.
Dr. Scipes is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Purdue University North Central in Westville, Indiana, although he lives in Logan Square in Chicago. Along with teaching courses on Race & Ethnic Diversity, Sociology of the Media, Environment and Social Justice, Social Movements, and Developing Countries in a Globalizing World, Dr. Scipes teaches Social Stratification, which is a course on income inequality. He is a long-time labor and social justice activist, and a familiar face among Chicago activists.