Law prof: Coded racial appeals have wrecked the middle class
Two central themes are dominating American politics: the decline of the middle class and the Republican Party's increasing reliance on white voters, according to Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Ap ...
A strategy that narrows academic achievement gap by 63 percent
Americans don't like to talk about social class. But new research from Northwestern and Stanford universities suggests that, at least in college and university settings, they should do just that.
Study reveals why working poor think they are 'middle class'
The College of Human Ecology's Laura Tach and her co-authors must have trustworthy faces. Working-poor recipients of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in Boston divulged things they'd never tell the Internal Revenue Service ...
Analysis of Polling Data Finds Growing Support for Same-Sex Marriage
(PhysOrg.com) -- According to a comprehensive new analysis of public opinion surveys conducted over the last 15 years, support for the legalization of same-sex marriage has grown substantially in the United ...
Chinese researchers say early climate changes responsible for human crisis
Believing the impossible and conspiracy theories
Distrust and paranoia about government has a long history, and the feeling that there is a conspiracy of elites can lead to suspicion for authorities and the claims they make. For some, the attraction of conspiracy theories ...
Capitalism and democracy not compatible on the Internet, author says
Two decades into the digital age, the Internet is now "enmeshed in the fabric of nearly every aspect of life," says University of Illinois communication professor Robert McChesney. In ongoing debates about ...
Study suggests more than two hours of homework a night may be counterproductive
Education scholar Denise Pope has found that too much homework has negative effects on student well-being and behavioral engagement.
Half of your friends lost in seven years
Had a good chat with someone recently? Has a good friend just helped you to do up your home? Then you will be lucky if that person still does that in seven years time. Sociologist Gerald Mollenhorst investigated how the context ...
Friendships are built on alliances, research shows
New research from the University of Pennsylvania is challenging some longtime assumptions about why human beings seek and keep their friends, and it reveals a somewhat darker side to the very nature of friendship itself.
New research helps explain why girls do better in school
(Phys.org)—Why do girls get better grades in elementary school than boys—even when they perform worse on standardized tests?
Evolution debate again engulfs Texas board
The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over again.
Is dark money dimming the light of democracy?
The week before the general election, UNM Political Science Associate Professor Mike Rocca presented a primer on campaign financing and a troubling change in the way political campaigns are being financed ...
Brand loyalty an expression of self-worth, just like religion
(PhysOrg.com) -- The brand name logo on a laptop or a shirt pocket may do the same thing for some people that a pendant of a crucifix or Star of David does for others.