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The latest from British Social Attitudes

Today sees the release of the annual British Social Attitudes series, and – for the first time – I have a chapter in it.  I make two arguments.  Firstly- and familiar to readers of this blog – I argue that … Continue reading

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Perceived social mobility: do we think that money buys success?

This post first appeared on the LSE British Politics & Policy blog. The importance of social mobility has long been accepted across the political spectrum – even before Thomas Piketty’s pessimistic account reached the bestseller lists.  Yet somehow, in a … Continue reading

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Exploring TV’s new obsession with ‘Poverty Porn’

One of our regular readers, Jayne Linney, runs a fascinating blog over at http://jaynelinney.wordpress.com/. In one of her recent posts she examines the renewed surge of interest in patronising documentaries about poor communities. Definitely worth a read: http://jaynelinney.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/poverty-journalism-and-the-media-patronisation-of-the-poor/  

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Why isn’t the UK Government’s child poverty consultation more child friendly?

In this guest post Sarah Brooks-Wilson examines whether the UK government’s latest consultation on child poverty is likely to be accessible to those most affected. What a huge relief that as adults, we no longer need to speak on behalf … Continue reading

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An instinct for fairness?

I’m just now getting around to reading Joseph Stiglitz’s book from last year The Price of Inequality. There’s lots of interesting stuff in there, some of which I may end up talking about here on the blog. But as I was … Continue reading

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Practical privilege

We don’t usually just post links to other articles here, but I was really impressed by this honest description of privilege from the side of the privileged. He really nails how his path into his career was so much easier … Continue reading

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The Habits of Highly Annoying Get-Rich Gurus

Sorry for the extended holiday hiatus everyone. Both Brendan and I have been really busy and have struggled to find time for blogging. But now we’re back, so why not let us start the year with something horribly depressing and … Continue reading

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Conference Announcement: Complex Systems, Health Disparities & Population Health: Building Bridges

Conference on Complex Systems, Health Disparities & Population Health: Building Bridges February 24-25, 2014 Natcher Conference Center NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD Presented by the University of Michigan Network on Inequality, Complexity and Health Improving population health and eliminating health disparities is … Continue reading

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The Boris Johnson ‘Cornflake’ model of social mobility

There are some Boris Johnson news stories we can all enjoy. Like that time he fell in a river. Or when he got stuck up on a zip-wire. Or even when he rescued that woman being menaced by youths – … Continue reading

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What are elite universities for?

A perennial question in higher education is whether elite institutions like Oxford and Cambridge are doing enough to recruit people from outside the traditional pool of white private-school kids. Every year we have the same conversation, and reach the same … Continue reading

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