Read the profile of Alice Goffman here. And here’s a follow-up article on the controversy over her work.
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To complete her homework assignment, Meran Hill needed total concentration. The University of Washington senior shut the blinds in her studio apartment. She turned off the music. She took a few deep breaths. Then she plunged into the task: Spend 15 minutes doing e-mail. Only e-mail, and nothing else. Soon enough, though, a familiar craving bubbled up. For some people, the rabbit hole of Internet distraction begins with cat videos. For Ms. Hill, who calls herself “a massive weather geek,” […]
William Julius Wilson changed the way scholars saw urban poverty. Did it make a difference? My new article looks at the influence of Wilson’s classic 1987 book, The Truly Disadvantaged. The Harvard sociologist’s book stimulated an enormous volume of research about inner-city neighborhoods, and it also shaped public policy. Yet 25 years after its publication, hardly anyone is talking about poverty. Not since the early 1960s has the issue received so little attention. Here’s an excerpt from the story: Jacqueline lived […]
Liberals would be well-served, says Jonathan Haidt, to wise up about conservatives’ gut feelings. In this week’s Chronicle Review, I profile the moral psychologist, happiness guru and liberal scold. A sidebar explores the controversy over Haidt’s claims about liberal bias in the field of social psychology. And a graph lets you see where you fall on the moral spectrum. Also, see some reaction to these articles in The American Conservative, The Atlantic, and Reason.