Dr. Paul Shackel, chair of the Department of Anthropology, has published a new book, "An Archaeology of Unchecked Capitalism: From the American Rust Belt to the Developing World" (Berghahn, 2019).
From the publisher:
The racialization of immigrant labor and the labor strife in the coal and textile communities in northeastern Pennsylvania is not an isolated incident in history. Rather, this history serves as a touchstone, connecting the history of the exploited laborers to the workforce of today’s global economy. By drawing parallels between the past and the present – for example, the coal mines of nineteenth-century northeastern Pennsylvania and the sweatshops of the twenty-first century in Bangladesh – we can have difficult conversations about the past and advance our commitment to address social justice issues.