The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide by Thrasher, Steven W.
Steven W. Thrasher

The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide -- Steven W. Thrasher

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An irresistibly readable and humane exploration of the barbarities of class...readers are gifted that most precious of things in these muddled times: a clear lens through which to see the world.
--Naomi Klein, New York Times bestselling author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine

From preeminent LGBTQ scholar, social critic, and journalist Steven W. Thrasher comes a powerful and crucial exploration of one of the most pressing issues of our times: how viruses expose the fault lines of society.

Having spent a ground-breaking career studying the racialization, policing, and criminalization of HIV, Dr. Thrasher has come to understand a deeper truth at the heart of our society: that there are vast inequalities in who is able to survive viruses and that the ways in which viruses spread, kill, and take their toll are much more dependent on social structures than they are on biology alone.

Told through the heart-rending stories of friends, activists, and teachers navigating the novel coronavirus, HIV, and other viruses, Dr. Thrasher brings the reader with him as he delves into the viral underclass and lays bare its inner workings. In the tradition of Isabel Wilkerson's Caste and Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow, The Viral Underclass helps us understand the world more deeply by showing the fraught relationship between privilege and survival.

Author: Steven W. Thrasher
Publisher: Celadon Books
Published: 08/02/2022
Pages: 352
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.20lbs
Size: 9.45h x 6.41w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9781250796639

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 03/01/2022 pg. 19
Publishers Weekly 06/13/2022
Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2022