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The Hoarding of the American Dream


There’s a certain type of financial confessional that has had a way of going viral in the post-recession era. The University of Chicago law professor complaining his family was barely keeping their heads above water on $250,000 a year . This hypothetical family of three in San Francisco making $200,000, enjoying vacations to Maui, and living hand-to-mouth. This real New York couple making six figures and merely “ scraping by .”

In all of these viral posts, denizens of the upper-middle class were attempting to make the case for their middle class-ness. Taxes are expensive. Cities are expensive. Tuition is […]

‘Stuck in their ways’: how we blame the poor for their failure to embrace globalisation

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We find it easier to talk about class in purely economic terms. Lisa McKenzie argues that in fact our perceptions of class are tightly bound up in stigmatising value judgments. The same impulse that condemned the ‘undeserving poor’ to workhouses is apparent in condemnation of the poor for their attachment to the local in the face of a globalised economy. Some of the author’s interviewees. Photo: Lisa McKenzie Class division and the social sciences

Over the past century, the Marxist theory of class inequality based on who owns the means of production has been challenged – and rightly so, […]

Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich


Olalekan Jeyifous When I was growing up, my mother would sometimes threaten my brother and me with elocution lessons. It is no secret that how you talk matters a lot in a class-saturated society like the United Kingdom. Peterborough, our increasingly diverse hometown, was prosperous enough, but not upscale. Six in 10 of the city’s residents voted for Brexit — a useful inverse poshness indicator. (In Thursday’s general election, Peterborough returned a Labour MP for the first time since 2001.)

Our mother, from a rural working-class background herself, wanted us to be able to rise up the class ladder, unencumbered […]

Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich


When I was growing up, my mother would sometimes threaten my brother and me with elocution lessons. It is no secret that how you talk matters a lot in a class-saturated society like the United Kingdom. Peterborough, our increasingly diverse hometown, was prosperous enough, but not upscale. Six in 10 of the city’s residents voted for Brexit — a useful inverse poshness indicator. (In Thursday’s general election, Peterborough returned a Labour MP for the first time since 2001.)

Our mother, from a rural working-class background herself, wanted us to be able to rise up the class ladder, unencumbered by the […]

The South Has the Fastest-Growing Economies and the Least Economic Mobility for the Poor


Atlanta (Source: Wikimedia Commons) The South is booming from an economic standpoint. For proof of this, one need only look at cities such as Atlanta , Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Orlando and Raleigh to understand there is a new South. Of the 20 cities listed on Forbes’ “fastest-growing cities in 2016” list, eight are in the South. Despite this reality, poor people in the South are not sharing in this growth. It is in Dixie — the former Confederacy, the Jim Crow states — where children have the toughest chance of getting ahead. This is where people have the lowest […]

The Dream Hoarders: How America’s Top 20 Percent Perpetuates Inequality

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Editor’s Note : This essay is an edited excerpt from Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It.

In January 2015, Barack Obama suffered an acute political embarrassment. A proposal from the budget he’d sent to Congress was dead on arrival—but it was the president himself who killed it.

The idea was sensible, simple, and progressive. Remove the tax benefits from 529 college saving plans, which disproportionately help affluent families, and use the money to help fund a broader, fairer system of […]

The Devastating Effects of Dental Inequality in America


That our teeth are in our heads seems natural, though the location is something of a liability. The trouble starts with tooth decay, which permits the usually harmless bacteria in our mouths to enter the spongy, supportive core of the tooth (the “pulp”). Something untoward can then unfold. The germs proliferate, white blood cells amass, pus accumulates, and a dental abscess is born. Hence the liability: It’s not good to have all this happening so close to one’s brain.

An untreated dental abscess can invade the tissues of the head and chest. It can infect and clot the veins of […]

Fraying social fabric hurting nation’s economy, Sen. Mike Lee says


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File – Senator Mike Lee speaks at a Rally in Draper Utah, at the American Preparatory Academy Saturday, March 19, 2016. Many Americans — poor, middle class and wealthy — feel that something is amiss in society that can’t be reduced to economic anxiety but relates more to a sense that nation’s social fabric is fraying, Sen. Mike Lee said. SALT LAKE CITY — Many Americans — poor, middle class and wealthy — feel that something is amiss in society that can’t be reduced to economic anxiety but relates more to a sense that nation’s […]

Mobility And Inequality: Frontiers Of Research From Sociology And Economics | wynujal.ru

Challenging the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide: Explorations in . – Google Books Result His current areas of research include education, labor market inequality, and . Mobility and Inequality: Frontiers of Research from Sociology and

Economics … Battlers & Billionaires: The Story of Inequality in Australia – Google Books Result In this volume, leading sociologists and economists present original findings and . Cover of Mobility and Inequality by Edited by Stephen L. Morgan,

David B. Mobility and Inequality: Frontiers of Research in Sociology and . – Google Books Result In Morgan, Steven L., Grusky, David B. & Fields, Gary S. (Eds.), Mobility and Inequality: […]

Working Class Has the Blues, and Elites Lack Answers


(Bloomberg View) — With Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, there’s a widespread belief that populism is on the rise in the developed world. Writers and thinkers darkly warn of a crisis if elites don’t accede to the demands — explicit or assumed — of the working class .

As I wrote in a previous post , it’s very hard to define whom to consider part of the elite. That makes it difficult to establish a target for popular anger, and it means that no one knows who, exactly, is expected to respond to the masses’ demands. But there’s […]