Dr. Marianne Cooper: Second Presidential Dream Course Speaker

On March 10th and 11th, Dr. Marianne Cooper visited the University of Oklahoma as a Presidential Dream Course speaker. Cooper is a sociologist with the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and an affiliate of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. She is also the author of the book, Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times (University of California Press, 2014). Cut Adrift makes an important contribution to the national conversation about inequality and risk in American society. Through case studies, Cooper reveals what families are concerned about, how they manage their anxiety, whose job it is to worry, and how social class shapes all of these dynamics, including what is even worth worrying about in the first place. The book deepens our understanding of how the different coping strategies on which affluent, middle-class, and poor families rely not only reflect inequality but fuel it. During her visit, Dr. Cooper gave three talks: a public lecture, an academic presentation for the Sociology Department, and a lecture for a sociology of the family class.