State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America's Future (Paperback)
A leading sociologist's brilliant, revelatory argument that the future of politics, work, immigration, and more can be found in California
Lauded by James Fallows on the front page of the New York Times Book Review as concise, clear, and convincing upon its hardcover publication, State of Resistance makes the case for honestly engaging racial anxiety in order to address our true economic and generational challenges, renewing our commitment to public investments, cultivating social movements and community organizing, and more.
Once upon a time, any mention of California triggered unpleasant reminders of Ronald Reagan and right-wing tax revolts, ballot propositions targeting undocumented immigrants, and racist policing that sparked two of the nation's most devastating riots. In fact, California confronted many of the challenges the country faces now--decades before the rest of us.
As white residents became a minority and job loss drove economic uncertainty, California had its own Trump moment twenty-five years ago but has become increasingly blue over each of the last seven presidential elections. Today, California is leading the way on addressing climate change, low-wage work, immigrant integration, overincarceration, and more. Pastor expertly reveals how the Golden State did it.
And as Neera Tandeen, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, said, State of Resistance paints a brilliant picture of how our generation can seize the opportunity to forge a more inclusive, just, and prosperous America for every family.
About the Author
Dr. Manuel Pastor is distinguished professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, where he also serves as director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and as co-director of USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). He lives in Los Angeles.