Policies to tackle social mobility have been largely misdirected. While rates of upward social mobility have fallen, downward mobility has risen.
Demonstrators march down Paris’ Champs-Elysees Dec. 8.
AP Photo/Michel Euler
A populist movement that threatened to topple a French government more than 60 years ago has important lessons for today’s protests and why they represent a reckoning.
Moving up and down the social ladder has long been thought to be stressful, but a new study shows that it has no impact on general health.
The Sears catalog made it easier for anyone to live the American dream.
Sears and other department stores not only changed how Americans consumed but altered the very nature of society and culture as well.
Banning a handful of breeds has not helped to improve public safety.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, arrives in the East Room of the White House, July 9, 2018.
Brett Kavanaugh presented himself as a good and reputable man in his recent Senate hearing. But a man's social status and education tell us nothing about whether he's likely to commit sexual assault.
People of color tend to suffer financially more than whites after natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina.
A new study shows that natural disasters enrich white victims while hurting people of color, worsening wealth inequality. And government aid contributes to the problem.
“Aitch” or “Haitch”? It’s long been a point of contestation among English speakers.
Felicity Burke/The Conversastion with apologies to Dr. Suess
An unspoken class war has long been waged around the pronounciation of the letter "h" - is it haitch or aitch? Despite a snobbish leaning to the latter, haitch makes more sense.
Popular sitcoms like Modern Family avoid reflecting on wider economic realities: Roseanne has filled a void.
When it debuted in 1988, Roseanne was a breath of fresh air against the conservative middle class family sitcoms then on air. Its reboot in 2018 feels just as relevant.
R.C. Sherriff's classic play focused on the officer class, but the recent film adaptation has given working-class soldiers a voice.
Extensive research has been done on poverty and inequality in South Africa but more is needed to better understand the status quo and mainly inter-sectional factors that drive inequality.
Students from Wits University, in Johannesburg, during a protest for free education.
The South African oddity is that those who in other societies would be arguing against free passes for the affluent, argue for them.
Five food experts peer under the bread to plumb the histories of the country's unique sandwiches, from favorites like tuna fish to lesser-known fare like the woodcock.
A survey of young voters reveals a lack of engagement in politics.
Which are you?
Margarine has long been mocked as a symbol of poor taste.
‘I’m called what?!’
The latest UK baby name data is in. But a name is more than just a noun, it can reveal who you are and where you come from.
Rebel Wilson in Melbourne for her defamation trial against Bauer Media.
AAP Image/Joe Castro
Rebel Wilson has embraced her 'bogan' upbringing in her defamation case against Bauer Media, but what exactly does that mean?
Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Clinton has a cup of coffee with newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin in April 1992. Breslin died on March 19.
Stephan Savoia/AP Photo
After the death of legendary New York Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin, some have lamented the end of blue-collar journalism. But in today's media environment, Breslin's approach might not be enough.
Migrants don’t all have the same types of capital.
The experience of Serbian Londoners shows how migrants should not be treated as a single group.
Allison Davis, circa 1965.
Courtesy of the Davis family.
His landmark contributions to anthropology have faded from memory, despite real-world policy impact during the mid-20th century.