New Book Talks: Laura López-Sanders, The Manufacturing of Job Displacement

Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America - CSREA

CSREA’s New Book Talks highlight new and notable works studying race, ethnicity, and indigeneity. They facilitate thought-provoking and critical engagement with emerging scholarship.


The Manufacturing of Job Displacement: How Racial Capitalism Drives Immigrant and Gender Inequality in the Labor Market

Laura López-Sanders

Stephen Robert Assistant Professor of Sociology

In The Manufacturing of Job Displacement, Laura López-Sanders argues that the walls of American businesses hide a system of illegal practices and behaviors that lead to racial inequality in the labor market.

To create a behind-the-scenes accounting of daily factory life, López-Sanders draws on extensive research in South Carolina manufacturing facilities, interviews, and her own experience working at the “bottom” of the labor market.


About the Author


Laura López-Sanders is Stephen Robert Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brown University. Her research examines the role of institutions and societal policies and practices in the patterning of inequality. This research includes a study of immigrant integration in regions undergoing rapid demographic change, and analysis of the mechanisms that influence social shifts.

About the Moderator


Seth E. Rockman is an Associate Professor of History at Brown University. Rockman’s research continues to unfold at the intersection of slavery studies, labor history, material culture studies, the history of capitalism, and the early republic United States. Rockman’s newest book, Plantation Goods: A Material History of American Slavery is in production at University of Chicago Press for Fall 2024 publication.