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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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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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Credit makes you free! Neoliberalism, politics of debt and the subjugation of the working poor

Under the rubric of ‘financial inclusion’, lending to the poor – in both the global North and global South – has become a highly lucrative and rapidly expanding industry since the 1990s. A key inquiry of Susanne Soederberg’s penetrating and … 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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Removing social support is necessary to compel the ‪‎poor‬ and unemployed 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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Futures and ethnographies of ‪neoliberalism‬

The special issue of Cultural Anthropology “Futures of ‪Neoliberalism‬” (open access) offers theoretically-astute and fine-grained ethnographic analyses of the effects of profound changes across the Globe in various fields: workers’ wageless and disrupted life in ‪‎Brazil‬, governance of young right-extremists in … Continue reading

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Who Are the Foreclosed? A portrait of Americans displaced by the mortgage foreclosure crisis

Based on data from the National Suburban Survey from September 2010, Christopher Niedta & Isaac William Martin found that the person who has experienced home mortgage foreclosure since September 2007 resembles the average American but is somewhat likely to be … Continue reading

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A documentary “The Price of the World Cup” shows Brazil you won’t see on your TV

The city of Fortaleza that will host six world cup games is the fifth most unequal city in the world. 3 million inhabitants live in Fortaleza, most of them on a bare minimum. 110 million euros were invested in the … Continue reading

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‪‎Health‬ and social problems are worse in more unequal societies, even among the better off– not just for the poor

Although the impact of ‪inequality‬ tends to be most severe lower down the social ladder, outcomes are worse even among the better off, because inequality damages the whole social fabric of a society – increasing social divisions, status insecurity and status competition. … Continue reading

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Fascinating Story of Basic Income: A Town without Poverty, with Better Well-being and Health

Try to imagine a town where the government pays each of the residents a living basic income, regardless of who they were and what they did. For a four-year period in the 1970s, families in Dauphin, a small rural town … Continue reading

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