A new study conducted by social psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley suggests that the wealthy are more likely to engage in selfish behavior. The research design combined direct observation with various experiments, and consistently found the rich more inclined than the non-affluent to take unethical advantage of the situation or actually cheat others. While readers access to the Piff, et al. article is limited by a pay-wall, descriptions of this research are available through various online pieces published over the past day (e.g., see ScienceNow, CNN, and Bloomberg).
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
series of images documenting the forced removal of Occupy protesters from McPherson Square in Washington, D.C. during early February, 2012. His work is part of the Facing Change slideshow collection that addresses various social justice issues.
Friday, February 24, 2012
NPR has created a multi-part audio documentary that follows six St. Louis residents who were unemployed at the beginning of 2011. The subjects were given audio recorders to provide ongoing diaries of their experiences during the period. While some became re-employed, none found jobs that were comparable to those they had lost. The series gives insights into the difficulties of finding jobs in today's economy, and coping with the various stressors that come with being jobless. An interview with the series creator is available in a recent episode of Talk of the Nation.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The Interrupters, now accessible for online viewing as part of the PBS Frontline series, examines attempts by former gang leaders to stop youth violence in inner-city Chicago. Additional information on making the documentary and the intervention process itself is available through NPR interviews with directors and an interrupter featured in film.
Notwithstanding the Emancipation Proclamation, slavery did not end in the south until well into the 20th century. A host of laws were enacted following the Civil War which ensured the forced labor of black men in mines, fields, and factories. Now available online, this just-released PBS documentary examines the nature and consequences of the wholesale enslavement of southern blacks through the criminal justice system. The video website also offers a collection of visual history interviews produced by StoryCorps.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
"The government safety net was created to keep Americans from abject poverty, but the poorest households no longer receive a majority of government benefits. A secondary mission has gradually become primary: maintaining the middle class from childhood through retirement." (my emphasis)
Appelbaum and Gebeloff, from "Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It"
New York Times, February 11, 2012
This article, video, and related interactive graphic examine the growing reliance on federal programs among those Americans who may not consider themselves to be poor. Residents of a Minnesota town were interviewed by Appelbaum and Gebeloff to explore the contradiction between asserting that government assistance is wrong, while simultaneously receiving it. A related NY Times story by Kopicki, examining data from a poll conducted in December, 2011, notes most Americans say they expect to pay more in taxes than they will ever receive back in terms of personal benefits. Younger adults were particularly apt to report that Social Security and Medicare would not be around when they came of age to draw on them (see related poll graphics).
Friday, February 10, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Deemed the unholy opposition by the OWS movement, a recent article in The Economist provides a brief overview of this emergent social category in terms of income, estimated wealth, occupational background, educational attainment, as well as party affiliation and political beliefs.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
latent dysfunctional consequences, i.e., serious, unintended, undesirable outcomes. The law was supposed to make life so difficult for immigrants without papers that they would simply leave the state. However, as Jack Hitt explains in Alien Experiment, Act One of this This American Life episode, it has made living and working in Alabama far more difficult for many others, in addition to those initially targeted.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
infographic, available at visual.ly describes the ways in which people may be marginalized and excluded from participating in social institutions. The UNDP has developed an accompanying PDF report, Beyond Transition, Towards Inclusive Societies, on conceptualizing and measuring social exclusion in six eastern European nations.