Trump and the White Working Class: The Politics of a New Minority?Justin Gest Wednesday, January 18, 2017 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. St. Olaf College, Buntrock Commons, Sun and Gold Ballrooms
On the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump, political scientist and ethnographer Justin Gest will offer a fresh look at the white working class constituency that helped propel Trump to victory. Gest will draw from his recent book, The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality, in which he examines once-thriving white working class communities that have fallen on hard times. Gest offers a new and potentially controversial perspective on the driving forces shaping the political activity of white working class people, and his work bears directly on questions of race, racism, and marginality in the context of Trump’s victory.
The format of the event will be a traditional lecture followed immediately by small group discussions in partnership with leaders from the Institute-supported Sustained Dialogue Program at St. Olaf College. The event will conclude with a Q&A session motivated by the discussions in these small groups.