Sociology

Laurene Powell Jobs Buys a Majority Stake in ‘The Atlantic’

Laurene Powell Jobs is expanding her interests in the media business.<p>The Emerson Collective, a non-profit overseen by the widow of Apple founder …

Social Sciences

Not having a social scientist on your team is asking for disaster

A quick glance through #tonedeaf on Twitter reveals example after example of celebrities, politicians and brands getting slammed for tasteless …

Social Sciences

America Has Been Struggling With the Metric System For Almost 230 Years

At press time, only three of the world's countries don't use the metric system: the United States, Myanmar and Liberia. But it didn't have to be this …

Social Sciences

Bloomberg 35: Inspiring the next generation and promoting social mobility through education - Bloomberg L.P. Philanthropy

What will it take for the next generation of students to succeed in the global economy? If you ask a Bloomberg employee, they’ll tell you that there …

Education

Mindful of eugenics’ dark history, researchers are reexamining the genetics of social mobility

Mention of the movement to improve human genetics’ known as “eugenics” today evokes myriad horrors, including its association with forced sterilization, American racism, and Nazism.<p>But over a century after the beginning of the eugenics movement, scientist are carefully dipping back into the …

Genetics

Pew poll: A quarter of blacks have been harassed online

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says African-American adults are facing more harassment online than other races and ethnicities in the United States.<p>A recently released Pew Research Center survey says 25 percent of African-Americans adults — or 1 in 4 — have faced some sort of harassment online based …

Politics

Here's how happy Americans are right now, according to a new poll

By many accounts, Americans are living in contentious times. Yet they report being happier in 2017 than they were in 2016, according the 2017 Harris …

Happiness

Glass floors and slow growth: A recipe for deepening inequality and hampering social mobility

By Abigail McKnight, Richard V. ReevesGenerations of British and American children have benefited from the hard work their parents contributed to …

Social Justice

No, NFL viewership wasn't down because of anthem protests

The J.D. Power 2017 Fan Experience Survey suggests there were many factors, including election coverage and the league’s handling of domestic violence issues.<p>NFL viewership was down last season. The league and media outlets offered a number of reasons, including the league’s handling of domestic …

NFL

In intermarriage stats, American Muslims beat Jews hands down

JTA - Since it came out in 2013, the “Pew study” — a landmark survey of American Jewish demographics, beliefs and practices — has been at the center …

Religion

Rich or poor? Your face might give it away

Throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, the English artist David Hockney painted a series of "double portraits," two subjects depicted side by side -- of the fashion designer Ossie Clark with the textile designer Celia Birtwell; of the author Christopher Isherwood with the artist Don Bachardy; and one …

Psychology

Individualism is Spreading, and That's Not Good

Economist Enrico Moretti believes the best indicator of income is not your profession but rather whether you live in a region with a high degree of …

Social Sciences

Study Reveals Major US Cities Spend Millions Of Dollars On Policing

Photo Credit: Andrew Kelly for the EPA<p>The report found that multiple cities across the United States spend millions of dollars on policing.<p>The Center …

Social Sciences

Broken heart syndrome can kill you

When it was announced recently that SABC radio producer Suna Venter had died from broken heart syndrome, the country sat up and listened.

Medicine

Search

America today is as divided as it has ever been, in terms of incomes and opportunities, politics, and, perhaps most importantly, hopes and dreams. …

Social Justice

Study Looks at Link Between Readiness, Post-Recession Rise in Poverty

« Home-Visiting Study Explores Long-Term Benefits From Early Intervention | Main<p>A new study finds more children are living in high-poverty …

Social Sciences

Jobs for the boys

<i>UK government rewards supporters via £72 million TLIF fund</i><p><b>Trebles all around as the DfE plunders the recently announced £72 million Teaching and</b> …

Education

Does the American Dream no longer include homeownership?

While it has no official definition, the American Dream has always been the notion that citizens of the United States can better their lot in life through hard work.<p>That encompasses the idea that hard-working kids of hard-working parents would have a better life than the previous generation, and …

Housing

Study: East Asians Have A Different Measure of Success than Whites

It’s an age old question.<p>Would you rather be a big frog in a small pond or a small frog in a big pond.<p>A new study by Ph.D student Kaidi Wu from the …

Asia

Stretford company awarded Queen’s Award for Enterprise

A GO-AHEAD Stretford firm has received the royal seal of approval.<p>Procure Plus Holdings has been presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise by …

Manchester

The Invisible Segregation of Diverse Neighborhoods

U.S. 1 and 34th Street in Mount Rainier, Maryland.Nonvirtual/Wikimedia Commons Growing up, I never knew that my neighborhood was profoundly unusual. …

Liberal POV

The class dynamics of breastfeeding in the United States of America

In 1992, the New York Times published an editorial (paywall) on the importance of promoting breastfeeding in the developing world. A reader—and health care worker—responded by writing in a letter to the paper voicing a then-common argument in support of breastfeeding.<p>“As long as children are …

Pregnancy

Americans are serving longer prison sentences than ever — and it all comes back decades-old ‘tough-on-crime’ policies

Measuring the human cost of the tough-on-crime policies of the 1980s and 90s has never been a simple task.<p>Researchers have tried to show the impact by measuring how long prisoners spent behind bars before they were released. They found that time served has increased over the past decades.<p>But that …

Justice

Survey reveals how many Americans have tried marijuana — and the results are stunning

According to a new survey by Gallup, more than 40 percent of Americans have tried using marijuana at some point in their lives, the highest percentage ever recorded by Gallup and a remarkable increase from when Gallup first asked respondents about marijuana, in 1969.<p>Gallup’s survey, conducted July …

Conservative POV

Why middle-aged American men are dying

Middle-aged white men are dying from obesity and opioids.<p>A new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that drug-related …

Social Sciences

Europeans invented the concept of race as we know it

Its origins can be traced to the colonization of the Americas<p>What do you think of when you hear the word “ghetto?” If you’re like most people, you …

Racism

Scientists find key 'friendliness' genes that distinguish dogs from wolves

Your dog is basically a super social wolf, and scientists may have found the gene that makes him want to cuddle with you.<p>A new study shows that friendliness in dogs is associated with the same genes that make some people hyper-social.<p>The study found that structural variations in three genes on …

Dogs

How Fear of Falling Explains the Love of Trump

I have written before about the fear of falling down the socioeconomic ladder, the fear of an irremediable loss of status, authority and prestige — and the desperate need to be rescued from this fate. But the topic bears further exploration because it has been such a prime motivation for one slice …

Opinion

At the Wall Street Journal: Women & Minorities Bear Arms: They are fueling growth in concealed carry permits - Crime Prevention Research Center

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at the Wall Street Journal:<p>Each year brings a new record increase in the number of concealed handgun permits. The rate …

Guns

How a little brown book can keep China’s lovers worlds apart

In China, a household-registration system called hukou decides migrants’ social status, where they can afford to live – and who they marry. <b>Nathan VanderKlippe</b> explains how<p>The way Lai Jie sees it, there are two kinds of relationships.<p>There is romance. And there is marriage.<p>They are not always the …

China