In the ideal world, if we all were statisticians, had perfect data, and approached everything objectively, we would distill the portion of stereotypes that were actually real and omit the portion that are societal caricatures.
If you believe that Gladwell's success is primarily driven by his writing, I think you've overlooked the most important factor. What makes him most interesting is not the narratives themselves, but rather the ideas behind them.
Socialism is a dirty word, perhaps deservedly so. But the real trouble resides with our persistent use, and misuse, of a word we made dirty. Vocabulary so encumbered is like bathwater we refuse to drain; it takes on an opacity that quite obscures the baby
The book helps to understand our history and extrapolate lessons to the delicate global situation of public finances, especially since governments that claim to be the solution to the global crisis often represent the problem.
Ever notice when someone encounters an unhappy circumstance, they deem themselves being punished? Yet, when an incredible chain of remedial events take place, and they are rescued or delivered from a dilemma or catastrophe, they merely "lucked out?"
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.
When most people think of Arabs and Jews, they usually don't think of the American South as the traditional settling place for these very two ethnic groups. Yet it may come as a surprise that several Arabs and Jews call Kentucky home.
Each semester on my syllabus I let students know that some questions or concerns can't be resolved via email. And yet I have noticed that my office visiting hours, and those of my colleagues, go mostly unfilled except for right before or after a major assignment.
Had Regnerus walked down the hall and knocked on my door, I would have been happy to explain that stress and instability harm children in any family context. Love and support help children to thrive and succeed.