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Monthly Archives: January 2012
Man, it’s hard thinking and talking about social class in these United States. Most of the time since President Obama was elected, there’s nobody out there but “the rich” and “the middle class,” as if both the working class and … Continue reading
Most agree that Newt Gingrich’s win over Mitt Romney in South Carolina had to do with what the pundits are calling “unforced errors” on Romney’s part—a series of gaffs, blunders, and obfuscations relating to Romney’s wealth, his unreleased tax returns, … Continue reading
A year or so ago, I was helping one of my sociology students get started on an essay. She wanted to write, she said, “something on coalmining communities.” I suggested she narrow the topic, since coal mining was, until relatively … Continue reading
Back in November, the Brookings Institution reported that Youngstown has the highest rates of concentrated poverty of any city in the U.S. The report shocked some city officials and local boosters who had been promoting an exaggerated story of Youngstown’s … Continue reading