Societies and cultures that seem ossified and entrenched can be completely upended by pandemics, which create openings for conquest, innovation and social change.
We asked almost 1500 Australians about the art they liked and disliked. Then we mapped middlebrow culture. We found plenty to enjoy there.
We're supposed to suppress feelings of envy. But what if the kind spurred by school shutdowns, frontline work and cramped apartments are worth exploring – and acting upon?
Many of the privileges that middle-class students enjoy are not obvious, even to themselves.
It doesn't have to be a week of tiresome turkey sandwiches. A food historian explains how the French came to see leftovers as an outlet for creativity and experimentation.
Rural and small-town residents believe they aren't getting their fair share from the government. A majority of them were Trump supporters in 2016. How will they vote when Trump is gone?
A scholar of literary radicalism asks whether Marx's writings are at all relevant to the world's struggles with inequality today and why he's no longer being relegated to the dustbin of history.
Most child sex abuse happens within families, but we still cling on to the Victorian idea of paedophiles as outsiders.
Social class plays a huge role in people's experiences of accessing and succeeding in higher education.
The discourse and structure of online learning can exclude English language minority students. Techniques such as video chats, "safe houses" and content-focused grading can support their success.
Even where communities are mixed, many inner-city families go to extraordinary financial and geographic lengths to ensure their children do not go to school with children from 'the flats'.
The tricky truth is that change goes in both directions.
The Assisted Places Scheme was a controversial policy that got 75,000 poorer pupils a top-tier education. Or so it was claimed.
By focusing on intergenerational inequalities that will eventually be reversed, we are framing the housing affordability question the wrong way.
'Posh white girls' are unjustifiably taking the brunt of reports of the last art history A-level but casualties are all those the exam board had been moving to reach out to.
For years, social scientist have assumed that it's class that determines a person's health and well-being. Have they been barking up the wrong tree?