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Social Inequality

Global Politics, Global Health and the Anthropological Moment

Paul Stoller | Posted 10.01.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

I can't imagine that the American people will soon follow the lead of the Afghans and elect an anthropologist to the presidency. But if we continue on the current path of applying old solutions to new problems, we will bequeath to our children and grandchildren a fatally flawed hellish world.

Nutrition Policies Can Address Inequalities

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The analysis of Americans' diets shows just how important the campaign against trans fat has been to the public's health -- especially that of low-income Americans -- and why FDA needs to bring it home.

A Reminder that America Is Not Colorblind, But It Can Be

Niyah White | Posted 09.09.2014 | Black Voices
Niyah White

We grasp tightly onto our dirty, old habits of prejudice by focusing on the surface issues of race, when instead I believe the world is much more dynamic and simplified if we infuse a larger dose of humanity back into it.

Why I'm Skipping My Harvard Reunion (A Call to Action)

Evan Mandery | Posted 07.06.2014 | College
Evan Mandery

If you're born poor and don't go to college you're likely to remain poor, but if you finish college you're as likely to become rich as to remain poor. At its core, inequality is about education. If there's hope, it must lie with the schools.

'The Language Gap' -- Liberal Guilt Creates Another Not-So-Magic Bullet

Susan D. Blum | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Susan D. Blum

Well-meaning liberal academics are attempting a magic solution to what is indeed a heartbreakingly enduring reality: Social inequality is inherited -- not biologically, but socially.

Davos Disconnects

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.29.2014 | Business
Paul Stoller

How can these economic leaders, the vast majority of whom have little direct experience with economic hardship, have any idea what to do about it? A one-hour radically chic sensitivity session is not likely change a corporate ethos in which the world is ruled rather than served by wealth.

Death of a Libertarian

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The ostensible goal of libertarian theory is a good one: equality of opportunity for everyone. However, when we look at what happens when libertarian ideals are implemented, the results are just the opposite.

The Real News About Obamacare

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Stoller

If I hadn't had superior health insurance, I would have died many years ago--a life cut short by a lack of access to health care. It makes me angry that millions of Americans cannot not share my good fortune.

The Zimmerman Verdict Highlights America's Disgrace

David Abbitt | Posted 09.15.2013 | Crime
David Abbitt

Yes, it is an unfair system and minorities, those who have darker skin in particular, are treated inequitably by it. The injustices stretch far beyond the American courtroom, beyond a single verdict or a handful of verdicts. So, what are we going to do about it?

Turn Off the Lights: Public School Closings, Minority Youth and Bleak Futures

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

A seemingly undeniable historical reality is that minority youth have often been seen as devoid of the kind of innocence and worthiness of investment that white youth have been afforded.

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.

It's Time for the State to 'Lean In' for Gender Equality

Darren Rosenblum | Posted 05.14.2013 | Women
Darren Rosenblum

Efforts to get women to "lean in" should also take on getting men to "lean out" so that the workplace norm becomes one that complements family life.

The GOP Got the U.S. Into the Sequestration Mess and Needs To Compromise Its Way Out Of It

Laura Merriman | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Laura Merriman

With the sequester fast approaching, the Republican Party has forgotten that President George W. Bush racked up half our deficit on the War on Terror....

The Real News of Anthropology

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.28.2013 | College
Paul Stoller

These are hard times in the humanities and social sciences, times made much worse -- at least in the world of the media -- by the latest anthropological flare-up over the publication of Napoleon Chagnon's new memoir, Noble Savages.

2 Things Japanese School Kids Are Learning at Lunch

Charity Curley Mathews | Posted 04.08.2013 | Parents
Charity Curley Mathews

What if the lunch room was one less place for kids to feel isolated? Could this very same space create common ground? If everyone ate the same food, the playing field would be leveled.

Grand Illusion: Mobility, Inequality, and the American Dream

Jerome Karabel | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

The United States now finds itself at a crossroads: still fervently committed to the American dream, but unwilling to adopt policies that would promote its realization. Put simply, Republicans and Democrats alike want something they cannot have.

Dear OWS: Y R U MIA?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

The Occupy Movement and the slogan "We are the 99%" resonated with millions. You once had a powerful voice. It was a strong voice, but not always clear. Today you are conspicuously silent.

Mr. Romney's America

Paul Stoller | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Mr. Romney's America, which is not very different from the idea of Tea Party America, the United States would become a maze of mean streets in which more and more people would feel the need to pack concealed weapons.

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.

The Doublespeak of "Freedom"

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I am, quite frankly, concerned by Romney and other advocates of neoliberalist principles because they are based on individualistic, self-centered "freedoms," while opposing general responsibility for others and for a collective cooperative society.

African Country's New Plan To Fight Social Inequality

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2012 | Business

* Budget amendment extends reach of tax in 2012 * Funds to help develop poor areas to stem discontent * Two rates, depen...

Easter at Amen Corner

Hayden Bixby | Posted 06.08.2012 | Home
Hayden Bixby

As an admitted outsider, to both this area of the world and this way of thinking, I confess that it's difficult to fully appreciate the graciousness of tradition when it is in such proximity to economic inequality and neglect.

Disrupting the Discourse and Discussing the Undiscussable

Laurel Schwartz | Posted 06.05.2012 | College
Laurel Schwartz

If I am unsure of how to broach issues of race and class with my peers in the safety of my grad school classrooms, how will I be able to lead these conversations in a school?

Corporate Campuses

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.09.2012 | College
Paul Stoller

The astounding rise in the salaries of college and university presidents symbolizes a disturbing transformation of the university, a transformation that underscores a shift in our cultural values.

Mayor Bloomberg's Cowardice and Occupy Wall Street

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 01.16.2012 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD acted with cowardice by trying to use the cloak of night, while people slept, as a shield from the highly questionable tactics they engaged in during their raid on Zuccotti Park.