Marc Doussard Wins Book Award
Marc Doussard, an assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, will be presented with the Paul Davidoff Book Award at the annual conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning on October 23. His book Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market focuses on Chicago workers in food retail and residential construction—two areas considered to have entrenched low wages and inferior employment conditions—and the deliberate practices employers use to further exploit these low-wage laborers. Through his fieldwork and analysis, Doussard demonstrates how policy changes and organizing tactics by workers can change the atmosphere of declining wages and demeaning treatment in these and similar settings. Published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2013, the book earned the Davidoff Award for its dual focus on solutions from policy and organizing perspectives. The prestigious honor is in its 30th year and is presented to works "regarding participatory planning and positive social change, opposing poverty and racism as factors in society and seeking ways to address disparities across race, class, language, and gender."