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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Timothy Black  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Black lived in Mason City, Illinois. He graduated from Mason City High School (now Illinois Central High) in 1976.

Biographical and Professional Information

Black is an Associate Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Associate of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. His scholarly work examines the intersections between larger social structures and personal lives. He attempts to identify the processes and mechanisms through which social and economic marginalization is (re)produced and to show how life in marginalized spaces is negotiated. His research focuses on the post-1970s period of neoliberalism and, more recently, the Great Recession and their respective impacts on the working classes and marginalized communities more specifically. He advances a medium of sociological storytelling to illustrate how social structures are lived. Black teaches courses on urban sociology, urban poverty, and qualitative research methods.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off the Streets
ISBN: 0307454878

Vintage. 2010


Based on an unprecedented eighteen-year study, the center of this riveting book are three engaging streetwise brothers who provide powerful testimony to the exigencies of life lived on the social and economic margins. With profound lessons regarding the intersection of social forces and individual choices, Black succeeds in putting a human face on some of the most important public policy issues of our time.


''When a Heart Turns Rock Solid'' was named one of the best books of 2009 by the Washington Post, won the prestigious Mirra Komarovsky Book Award from the Eastern Sociological Society in 2010, was awarded the Humanist Book Award in 2010 by the Association for Humanist Sociology, and was named an honorable mention for the Puerto Rican Studies Associationís 2010 book award.

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