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We often use the word "cancer" as a metaphor for society's greatest ills, for deep-seated perils invisible to the naked eye. But what of cancer itself? If you know where to look, so-called "cancer clusters" are as pervasive and permeative in vulnerable populations as the tumors of poverty, classism, environmental injustice, racism, corruption, etc...The evils are cumulative, just like the toxins that are silently spreading into our watersheds, ecosystems, food chains, blood streams, and bloodlines. In this long-overdue biopsy, Arsenault blends investigative journalism, personal narrative, memoir, history, scientific research, and political commentary in a haunting diagnosis of our malignant future.

Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250155931
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 1st, 2020

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Small is an anthropologist, but her revealing examination of the lives of the homeless is less an objective study of “them” than an effort to “open windows of clarity and compassion” and so enable people to work together to find solutions to a problem that affects and implicates everyone. Making the rounds of shelters, pawnshops, government services offices, and food pantries with Ross, a former homeless military vet she got to know in the eponymous dog park, Small sees first-hand the travails of “the human fallout of our economic system,” and comes to understand homelessness as not “an aberration” due to individual circumstances and decisions but the “product” of the way we—all of us—live today. 


The Man in the Dog Park: Coming Up Close to Homelessness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501748783
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Published: Cornell University Press - April 15th, 2020

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After college, Jason Hardy finds himself selling watches at J.C. Penney’s. Totally unsuited for the job he decides to try his hand at being a Probation and Parole Officer in one of America’s toughest cities, New Orleans.  Coming on board just when criminal justice is taking a hard look at methods and trying to keep people out of prisons, Jason is confronted with helping people immersed in poverty, drug addiction, gangs and violence with very few resources.  An amazing look inside a part of the justice system that is rarely talked about and the benefits of “social supervision.”  

The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982128593
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 18th, 2020