How Context Shapes Individuals’ Experience of Job Loss
February 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
As the US economy improves, the unemployment rate continues to creep downward. But the consequences of job loss on an individual are lasting, and many Americans are still dealing with the socioeconomic, social, and psychological effects of a layoff. Many more – due to automation, outsourcing, and changing industries – are poised to lose their jobs or be forced into other sectors in the near future. Professor Brand will explore the complex ways in which the shock of job loss impacts workers’ health, career achievement, and economic outcomes, and how these effects reverberate in their families and communities.
Jennie Brand is Professor of Sociology at UCLA. She specializes in social stratification, with particular interests in access to and the impact of higher education, as well as the socioeconomic and social-psychological impacts of job displacement and other disruptive events.