Platform for City Culture and Public Debate


Invisible Child

w/ Andrea Elliott


Date recorded: 12 October 2022
Duration: 67 minutes
Language: English

In this live episode we talk to Andrea Elliott on the occasion of her Pulitzer Prize winning book ‘Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City’.

Elliott is an investigative journalist for The New York Times whose work documents the lives of people on the margins of power. Based on nearly a decade of reporting, Invisible Child follows eight dramatic years in the life of Dasani Coates, whose story has become emblematic of America’s most wicked and growing urban problems: segregation, poverty and systemic inequality. It reveals the reality of child homelesness in New York City, and lays bare a strata of society far too often ignored. So what can we learn from Elliott’s vivid and powerfull narrative?

Joined on stage by sociologist Bowen Paulle and urban geographer Cody Hochstenbach we analyse and unpack the power structures and unequal systems within which people become trapped, and its impact upon households and communities. And we look into concrete solutions and policies to tackle the divide.