Highlights so far…

We’ve just launched the site to a wider audience – so for new readers, here’s a quick recap of what you’ve missed since the blog was launched:

  • Health insurance in the US – in a great series of posts, Brendan illuminated several of the key battlegrounds in US healthcare reform – in particular the battle for public support, how to avoid hurting employers too harshly, and whether US healthcare system offers value-for-money.
  • Taking a step back, Paul Kelleher in two posts provides the clarity that only a philosopher can bring, to show that it’s not a problem for healthy people to subsidise the sick (as some critics argue) – but rather, that this is the very point of health insurance.
  • Education – two guest posters have written challenging pieces about education policy in the UK & US.  While high-stakes school testing may help raise standards, Kendra Bischoff also worries that it may increase inequalities.  And in the context of large students protests about university funding in the UK, Timo Idema argues that progressives should learn to love high tuition fees.
  • Does inequality matter? Finally, we’ve responded to Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett’s influential argument that ‘more equal societies do better’ in terms of their health, crime, and quality of life.  Rob de Vries wondered whether inequality really explains everything, while I took issue with the way Wilkinson & Pickett presented their case – arguing that in some ways, they did more harm than good.

And we’ve also had various posts that are more uncategorizable, like whether legalizing marijuana will help minorities in California, how to study culture without blaming the victim, and a great debate between Diederik & Brendan on whether highly-educated women are more likely to get married.

We hope you find the articles as interesting as we have – and if you’d be interested in responding to any of these (or writing about something completely different), then please get in touch!

About Ben Baumberg

I am currently a Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) at the University of Kent. I also helped set up the collaborative research blog Inequalities, where I regularly write articles and short blog posts. I have a wide range of (too many...) research interests, at the moment focusing on disability, the workplace, inequality, deservingness and the future of the benefits system, and the relationship between evidence and policy. You can find out more about me at http://www.benbaumberg.com
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3 Responses to Highlights so far…

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  2. Toni Goree says:

    Hello all: My research study is on the perceived relationship between education and health for Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian youth in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As explored through the lens of the social determinants of health in the present neo liberal political economy. I’m looking for literature that explores how racialized urban youths’ health impacts their capacity for achieving a quality education. Any suggestions?

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