[UCP Books]: On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City

“A remarkable chronicle, informed by Goffman’s scholarship, detailed from personal experience . . . and related with honesty and compassion.”Publishers Weekly



Fugitive Life in an American City
Alice Goffman
Publication date: April 29, 2014 978-0-226-13671-4
International publication date: May 19, 2014 $25.00/£17.50


“The best treatment I know of the wretched underside of neo-liberal capitalist America. Despite the social misery and fragmented relations, she gives us a subtle analysis and poignant portrait of our fellow citizens who struggle to preserve their sanity and dignity.”
Cornel West

“Riveting—a clear-headed and sobering account of the ‘way it is’ for too many of the nation's young black men who live in the killing fields called American cities. It reveals how the everyday lives of these men—their loved ones—are closely monitored and mined for evidence that is then used against them, exacerbating their alienation and fueling the prison-industrial complex. This brilliant book should be required reading for everyone, including President Obama, Congress, and public officials.”
Elijah Anderson, author of Code of the Street


Alice Goffman is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is available for interviews.


Please contact Levi Stahl at (773) 702-0289 or lstahl@press.uchicago.edu for more information.



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