Monthly Archives: October 2011

Is Income Inequality Exaggerated?

The premise of Occupy Wall Street is simple: American society is becoming more unequal as a privileged minority takes control of an increasingly larger share of wealth and power. As I mentioned in my post last week, not all scholars … Continue reading

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Inheritance and inequality in the UK: counterintuitive findings

Last Friday my old centre at LSE, CASE, launched a new multi-funder programme looking at the effects of the cuts in the UK 2007-2014 – snappily titled ‘Social Policy in a Cold Climate‘. I think of this as one of … Continue reading

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The Top 1% in the News

Occupy Wall Street has moderately heightened interest in the rising gap between the top one percent of income earners and the bottom ninety-nine percent. (It’s important to not get carried away on this point… compare this and this chart from … Continue reading

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Welfare conditionality and disabled people: a democratic deficit

In a guest post, Jenny Morris explains piece-by-piece why the dominant all-party UK story on incapacity is wrong.  The piece was originally posted on her blog, jennymorrisnet.blogspot.com. This is the start of a renewed focus on disability issues on the … Continue reading

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How the Other Half Eats

Folks, today you can find my blog post “How the Other Half Eats” on one of my favorite food blogs theeatenpath.com. I make the argument that Occupy Wall Street is opening the door to a national conversation about inequalities in … Continue reading

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Why erotic capital still matters

[This is the second half of a piece Saving Erotic Capital From Itself that I began last week] “Good looks don’t matter” “Nonsense, that’s just something ugly people tell their children” So says The Simpsons, as ever capturing the way of … Continue reading

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Getting on the Bus with Material Hardship

This is the third post in a series of three on the measurement of poverty in the U.S. Hunger takes this bus, too. 1 in 6 Americans struggle with hunger. This attention-grabbing sign began appearing on buses around Boston and … Continue reading

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Saving ‘erotic capital’ from itself

It’s not hard to guess why it got so many column inches.  The sociological concept of ‘erotic capital’?  A book by an academic that calls itself ‘Honey Money’, a title adapted from a saying of Jakarta prostitutes?  An evidence-based claim … Continue reading

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