Keynote speaker: Professor William Julius Wilson ‘ Why both Social Structure and Culture Matter in a Holistic Analysis of Inner-City Poverty’.
Dr Carol Craig is Chief Executive, Centre for Confidence and Well-being Glasgow
This conference was designed to help participants gain a better understanding of the type of social problems which have become endemic in urban areas and to encourage agencies to work better together to find solutions.
Professor Wilson, the keynote speaker, is a professor at Harvard University and author of some of the most influential sociology texts on poverty and worklessness.You can read more about Professor Wilson on these pages but it is worth noting that he is one of the USA’s most honoured and distinguished academics; Time magazine described him in the mid 1990s as the 26th most influential person in America. His work on worklessness was one of the inspirations for David Simon’s celebrated series, The Wire, and Professor Wilson teaches a course on The Wire in Harvard University. (The Centre also ran a pre-conference talk on The Wirewhich was sold out.)
The event aimed to introduce people to new thinking on inequality, worklessness, well-being and the variety of factors that lead to poor health and functioning and problems with drugs and alcohol. Dr Carol Craig, who recently wrote about the challenges facing Glasgow in her book The Tears that Made the Clyde, explained the conference themes and objectives in a talk called ‘Why the long title?’