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The Long Year: A 2020 Reader (Public Books)

The Long Year: A 2020 Reader (Public Books)

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Publication Date: January 25th, 2022
Columbia University Press
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Some years--1789, 1929, 1989--change the world suddenly. Or do they? In 2020, a pandemic converged with an economic collapse, inequalities exploded, and institutions weakened. Yet these crises sprung not from new risks but known dangers. The world--like many patients--met 2020 with a host of preexisting conditions, which together tilted the odds toward disaster. Perhaps 2020 wasn't the year the world changed; perhaps it was simply the moment the world finally understood its deadly diagnosis.

In The Long Year, some of the world's most incisive thinkers excavate 2020's buried crises, revealing how they must be confronted in order to achieve a more equal future. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor calls for the defunding of police and the refunding of communities; Keisha Blain demonstrates why the battle against racism must be global; and Adam Tooze reveals that COVID-19 hit hardest where inequality was already greatest and welfare states weakest. Yarimar Bonilla, Xiaowei Wang, Simon Balto, Marcia Chatelain, Gautam Bhan, Ananya Roy, and others offer insights from the factory farms of China to the elite resorts of France, the meatpacking plants of the Midwest to the overcrowded hospitals of India.

The definitive guide to these ongoing catastrophes, The Long Year shows that only by exposing the roots and ramifications of 2020 can another such breakdown be prevented.

About the Author

Thomas J. Sugrue is Julius Silver Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University and director of the NYU Cities Collaborative. He is author or editor of eight books, including The Origins of the Urban Crisis (1996) and Neoliberal Cities (2020). Caitlin Zaloom is professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. Her books include Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost (2020) and Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London (2006). She is editor in chief of Public Books.