Governments have made a difference to inequality in the past, as Roosevelt’s New Deal did in the 1930s, and could do so again if citizens acted to ensure their voices are heard.
Governments' lack of response to rising inequality is not a problem of knowledge or public support. The problem is that those whose needs are being ignored must find a way to make themselves heard.
Children in suburbs with low levels of education and employment and high rates of poverty and crime are also missing out on the experiences that help make upwards social mobility possible.
Children growing up in the most disadvantaged suburbs also lack the social opportunities to develop skills and aspirations that would improve their prospects in life.
The cash machine doesn’t work for everyone.
Lots of things have happened in a century, but poverty has proven persistently hard to treat.
The big global cities might be engines of growth but are also where the deepest troughs of poverty and injustice are found.
The largest cities in Australia and the US are both the richest and the most likely to push out low-income earners. Having cities of all sizes will increase people's choices of where to live and work.
The city’s poorest residents, living on the most marginal land, experience higher exposure to flooding and poorer-quality water.
While it is true that the poorest residents of the city are not connected to the piped water network, neither are the richest. Then what causes water inequalities?
Those on low incomes get less back from home improvement schemes than they pay in government charges.
Breezy Point, New York off the coast of Long Island after the storm surge from Superstorm Sandy.
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Five years after Superstorm Sandy, we see how disadvantaged social groups suffered more from the storm before and after – much as we're seeing in Hurricanes Harvey and Maria.
Women carry goods across a makeshift bridge in the Ilaje slum in Lagos. Widening inequality is fuelling tensions across Nigeria.
Protests are raising tensions in Africa's most populous country, with agitators and federal troops clashing on the streets. But is Nigeria on the brink of another civil war?
Thousands of copper nails representing thousands of Indigenous children who died in Canada’s residential schools were hammered into the Reconciliation Pole before its raising at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., on April 1, 2017.
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Many Canadian teachers worry about how to incorporate Indigenous content into the classroom. For one sociology professor, finding Indigenous mentorship was richly rewarding.
While state investment decreases on average with distance from the CBD, Melbourne’s neediest suburbs aren’t forgotten.
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The neediest suburbs get a much poorer deal in Sydney than in Melbourne. A new study provides a suburb-by-suburb breakdown of state investment, including what facilities and services have been funded.
A synthesis centre in Africa would get an African perspective on global socio-environmental challenges.
A synthesis centre in Africa would massively improve the ability of researchers to understand complex scientific problems.
Stuyvesant High School students arrive on the first day in 2015.
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Elite exam schools are some of the least diverse public schools in the US. Here's how colleges like Harvard could teach high schools like Stuyvesant to improve their admissions process.
The Flint water crisis was one of the few cases of environment-related social injustices that reached national attention in recent years.
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Addressing social and health inequalities from pollution is no longer a priority at the EPA. What did the Office of Environmental Justice do and what will happen if it's shut down?
If a second airport creates another centre of activity in western Sydney, then it won’t just be air travellers who benefit.
Our big cities increase incomes faster than population growth, but most residents miss out on the extra income growth. Creating multiple centres of activity may help make bigger better for everyone.
New ONS data indicate that the UK's poorest households are doing better and the richest are worse off. But this isn't the full picture.
Don’t lay the table for a fight.
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A guide to steering your family away from a dialogue of the deaf about poverty and inequality this festive season.
Opponents of Ballot Measure 9 gather in Portland on Oct. 19, 2000.
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A professor takes us back more than 20 years, to when struggling white working-class voters in Oregon were convinced that a conservative social agenda would help bring back timber jobs.
South Africa’s student protests are raising difficult issues, some of which are not being debated openly.
Demands being made by protesting students in South Africa purport to support the poor. But the most marginalised young people in the country will not benefit from free higher education.
South Africa isn’t the “rainbow nation” some claim it to be.
How can conversations around race, class and gender be allowed back into classrooms without becoming emotionally harmful and divisive?
This global conference will set out how cities should develop over the next 20 years, tackling some of humankind's toughest issues.