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Unemployment kills: 1 in 5 suicides is associated with unemployment

Numerous studies have demonstrated that there is a relationship between unemployment and poor health and that (the threat of) losing a job and prolonged unemployment can constitute a serious situation for those affected as well as their relatives. Pope Francis … Continue reading

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Debt Matters: Inequality and Foregone Medical Care

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”- Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars have long observed disparities in health, health behaviors and stress by socioeconomic position. But there is a limited understanding of … Continue reading

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Gender Inequality in the Labour Market in the UK

While women’s engagement and outcomes in the labour market have progressed, the work they do and the remuneration they receive does not reflect personal qualifications relative to men. Why? Gender Inequality in the Labour Market in the UK  provides an extensive … Continue reading

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Causes of poverty: perceptions, ideas and policy making

The former chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke recently said the “the greatest forces in Washington are ideas, and people prepared to act on those ideas.” (2013: 5). The following research demonstrates this power of ideas. Much of the research explaining … Continue reading

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If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire

“If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.” – George Monbiot (a British writer and activist), from “The 1% are the very best destroyers of wealth the world has ever seen.”

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From Socialism to Neoliberalism: the case of Central Eastern European countries

The transition from communism or socialism to capitalism has proved to be a rockier road than many in the West (think of Fukuyama as an example) anticipated. The degree and character of challenges that countries faced during the transition depended … Continue reading

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What is Historical Sociology? Understanding the origins of the current social world and the consequences of its transformations

Sociology was created to explain historical change, although social sciences’ “founding fathers” disagreed over the nature of that change. Dealing mainly with topics which now can be easily associated with economic sociology and political economy (capitalism and labor),  Karl Marx, Karl Polanyi, … Continue reading

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The original email that started Occupy Wall Street

On September 17, 2011 thousands of women and men gathered in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City’s Wall Street financial district.  It was a day when Occupy Wall Street (#OccupyWallStreet) movement was publicly born, gradually receiving global attention and spawning the … Continue reading

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Pope Francis against neoliberalism, finance capitalism, consumerism and inequality

In November 2013 Pope Francis issued his first Apostolic Exhortation translated into English as The Joy of the Gospel. Over 224 pages, in remarkably direct and plain, yet plentiful, language, Pope Francis – the first Pope from the Global South … Continue reading

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Putting a human face on ‪statistics: unemployed‬ ‪women‬ in the public ‪workforce‬ system

An ethnographic sociologist Mary Gatta (Rutgers University) went undercover, posing as a client in a New Jersey One-Stop Career Center which is supposed to be an unemployed worker’s go-to resource on the way to re-employment. Weaving together her own account … Continue reading

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18 focused interpretative digests of each chapter from ‪‎Piketty‬’s “‪‎Capital‬ in the 21st Century”

Read this impressive interpretative review of Thomas ‪Piketty‬’s Capital‬ in the Twenty-First Century – 18 focused posts devoted to each chapter from the book, carefully wrote by Adam David Morton (University of Sydney). Professor Morton clearly summarises each chapter in just a few … Continue reading

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A documentary “Rise Like Lions- Occupy Wall Street and the Seeds of Revolution” tells the story of the movement in its own words

“Rise Like Lions- Occupy Wall Street and the Seeds of Revolution” is a documentary that tells the story & motivation behind the movement in its own words, pulling together a combination of internet and original footage. Created by Scott Noble, this … Continue reading

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Removing social support is necessary to compel the ‪‎poor‬ to work — what’s the origin of this erroneous political idea?

According to many neoliberal politicians and economists,  assistance to the unemployed and poor always creates more of the poverty it aims to alleviate; therefore removing welfare benefits and social support is necessary to compel the ‪‎poor‬ and unemployed to work.  What is the origin … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky on neoliberal semantics: “working class” vs. “middle class”

“The business classes are very class-conscious—they’re constantly fighting a bitter class war to improve their power and diminish opposition. Occasionally this is recognized. We don’t use the term “working class” here [ in the U.S] because it’s a taboo term. … Continue reading

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Thomas Piketty: “There is no such thing as economic science. There are social sciences, economic processes involved social control.”

Pofessor Thomas Piketty: “[In order to promote economic justice] the first important thing to do is democratization of economic knowledge. Too often bad economic policy  and economic policies in the interests of the wealthy come from the fact that we, … Continue reading

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