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State of the Union/States of Fear

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Paul Stoller

For this cultural critic, it is interesting to consider what was left unsaid during SOTU's repartee of call and response. Here are a few issues that are perhaps too socially, culturally and politically sensitive for discussion in the SOTU public sphere.

'Bad' Neighborhoods in the Eye of the Beholder

Anndee Hochman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Women
Anndee Hochman

When we use a broad brush to tag some neighborhoods "bad," we're not doing justice to the people who actually live in them. What's more, we let ourselves off the hook, dismissing "bad" areas as places to avoid, not to engage. We rob ourselves of the chance to learn what's really happening in any given place.

Working-Class Kids Ask Fewer Questions In Class, And Here's Why

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents

Whether or not children ask for help in class may have a lot to do with their parents' social class, according to a new study from Indiana University....

It's Not Only What You Say, But How You Say It: On Language and Class

Alyssa Lyons | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Lyons

My friends' and families' languages helped shape my identity and understanding of the world and are just as valuable as my academic discourse. But one language no longer commands power over the others. They are all intrinsically a part of me.

How Your Appearance Is Affecting Your Behavior

Margaret Neale | Posted 09.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Neale

Our cultural preoccupation with physical appearance isn't simply a narcissistic tendency, but may, in part, reflect our striving for social standing in society.

Casting Off Stereotypes: I Am More Than a Label

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jason P. Stadtlander

Because of all this conditioning that society and our social groups put upon us to be labeled, we begin to come up with our own labels for who we are and what we believe. Do you feel it's right for people to label one another, and are we really the sum of our labels?

Chapo and You: "Recreational" Drug Use Funds Murder, Torture and Kidnapping

Spencer Critchley | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

What if someone offered you this deal: Do business with me, and I promise to kidnap, torture and murder people. I'll help spread corruption and drug ...

'Quirky' Questions Reveal Elite Colleges' Bias

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Kelly Kleiman

Billion-dollar endowments fall in the same category of nonprofits' gazing lovingly at their navels, but somehow exclusionary admissions policies seem even worse.

The Film That's Nearly 50 Years In The Making

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.15.2013 | Fifty

What started out as an examination of the British class system has turned into a fascinating chronicle of aging, 50 years in the making. Director Mich...

American Scenes: Riding The Trolley In St. Petersburg, Florida

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.11.2013 | Travel
Paul Stoller

Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida is breathtakingly beautiful. The sweep of earth-toned buildings many of which are inspired by the domes and arches of classic Spanish architecture, contrasts stunningly with the curve of the Tampa Bay waterfront.

Classy Food

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Paul Stoller

As Congressional Republicans advocate for drastic cuts in the food stamp program, a wide variety of farmers markets are now open for business, touting fresh and nutritious food.

When Classes Collide: Workers and Guests at High End Hotels

Lisa Wade | Posted 06.24.2013 | Travel
Lisa Wade

Rachel Sherman's new book, Class Acts: Service and Inequality in Luxury Hotels observes that workers and guests often minimize class differences between them, even by enacting relationships strongly structured by their relative privilege.

A Lilac by Any Other Name Is a Rose

Rob White | Posted 05.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob White

This revelation sparked a sea change in my thinking and caused me to completely recalibrate my understanding of the world's pecking order. All of a sudden the playing field was level and I felt that I had a right to be in the game if I had faith in myself -- regardless of my roots.

Marriage Equality And The New American Caste System

Sean Santiago | Posted 05.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Sean Santiago

As a young gay male looking for LGBT success stories in the media, I have to wonder if the success of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge is really a victory for a collective "us." My fear is that the media will exploit their story as something more representative of LGBT issues than it really is.

Class Privilege and Parental Leave

Lisa Wade | Posted 04.10.2013 | Parents
Lisa Wade

Without state support for early parenting, being present in those precious early months is a class-based privilege, one that ultimately exacerbates the very class disadvantage that creates unequal access to the luxury of parenting in the first place.

U.S. Education Deserves the Same Statistical Sophistication as Baseball and Elections

Martin Carnoy | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Martin Carnoy

We're a nation that's coming to respect statistics. Billy Bean convinced us that better statistics could beat bigger payrolls in sports. Nate Silver helped humble Karl Rove's money machine with better statistics. Maybe it's time to take a more careful look at the international test statistics judging how good our nation's schools are.

Spare Change? The Elective Interdepence of City Life

Lindsey O'Neill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lindsey O'Neill

As he hands me a paper, I hand him a dollar in exchange, and the makeshift barrier that exists between two different social classes of people is broken down by both of our authenticity in this experience.

College for All? Forget College? Irreconcilable Extremes

Susan D. Blum | Posted 11.18.2012 | College
Susan D. Blum

College for all? Forget college? It depends. And one of the things it depends on is that taboo U.S. topic: social class.

Are Rich People Meaner?

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 07.05.2012 | Money

The rich are more likely to: a) Cut off other drivers. b) Be disinterested in the welfare of others. c) Cheat on a test to get ahead. d) Give m...

The Illusion of Middle Class Security and the Demise of Unions

Richard Lyon | Posted 08.19.2012 | Business
Richard Lyon

Most of the people who were old enough to remember living through the Great Depression never forgot it. The fear and uncertainty left them inclined to look over their shoulders for the rest of their lives.

Occupy The Neolithic?

| Michael Balter on 28 May 2012, 3:00 PM | Posted 05.30.2012 | Science

Even the most democratic societies are rife with social and economic inequalities, as the current tension between the poorer "99%" and the richest "1%...

Cannibalizing the Campus

Paul Stoller | Posted 08.09.2012 | College
Paul Stoller

Until recently, we all saw the college years as an important time for intellectual, social and cultural growth. Those days seem to be over. Colleges and universities have been profoundly politicized.

Mitt Romney and the Wealth Answer

Mark Cassello | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Mark Cassello

It is not Romney's wealth that makes him unable to relate. It is his incapacity to acknowledge the privileged position from which he began.

In Defense of Hypocrisy

The Cornell Sun | Posted 06.12.2012 | College
The Cornell Sun

As a white activist, I get this a lot. What does a white liberal weekend revolutionary know about police brutality? What gives me the cultural authority to quote the poetry of Gil Scott-Heron? And who the hell do I think I am?

Money Study Compares Compassion Of Rich, Poor

| Daisy Grewal | Posted 04.11.2012 | Science

Who is more likely to lie, cheat, and steal—the poor person or the rich one? It’s tempting to think that the wealthier you are, the more likely y...