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Manuel Pastor on the Lessons California Can Teach a Changing Nation

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Manuel Pastor is the author of "State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America's Future." (Photo: Courtesy of Manuel Pastor)

Sociologist Manuel Pastor says that for many Californians, Donald Trump’s election triggered not surprise but “a sense of déjà vu.” In his new book, “State of Resistance,” Pastor argues that California experienced decades ago the political and social shifts that now grip the nation — including a decline in manufacturing, an upswell of anti-immigrant sentiment and rapid demographic changes. He says the state has now, through a set of progressive reforms, evolved to address the needs of a younger and more diverse generation. Pastor joins Forum to discuss his book and why he thinks California can be a model for the rest of the country.

Manuel Pastor,
professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California; author, “State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future”


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