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    How a new inmate triage system could reduce the use of solitary confinement and improve prison safety.

How a new inmate triage system could reduce the use of solitary confinement and improve prison safety.

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Across the political spectrum in the United States, there are growing concerns regarding the effectiveness and utility of solitary confinement – a practice also referred to as restrictive housing. However, for a country that has grown reliant on the use of solitary confinement in its prisons, there are still more questions than answers about how to reduce its use […]

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    Strong and inclusive mayors are filling the gaps in state and federal decision making

Strong and inclusive mayors are filling the gaps in state and federal decision making

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In an era of federal –and often state – legislative gridlock, the former Mayor of Salt Lake City, Ralph Becker writes that cities can be important for instituting positive change when other governments can no longer do so. Here he reflects on his own experience of revitalizing Salt Lake City’s downtown, and on the leadership of cities in Kentucky, […]

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    Author Interview: Considering Emma Goldman with Professor Clare Hemmings

Author Interview: Considering Emma Goldman with Professor Clare Hemmings

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Managing Editor of the LSE Review of Books, Dr. Rosemary Deller spoke to Professor Clare Hemmings about her new book, Considering Emma Goldman: Feminist Political Ambivalence and the Imaginative Archive (Duke UP, 2018), which examines Goldman’s significance as an anarchist activist and thinker to the past and present of feminist theories and activism. Hemmings shows that the contradictions and […]

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    Book Review: Among Wolves: Ethnography and the Immersive Study of Power by Timothy Pachirat

Book Review: Among Wolves: Ethnography and the Immersive Study of Power by Timothy Pachirat

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In Among Wolves: Ethnography and the Immersive Study of Power, Timothy Pachirat offers an experimental contribution to scholarship on social science methodology. Written in the form of a play, the book unfolds over seven acts which reflect on different aspects of ethnographic research, including the role of the researcher, the issue of power and questions of accountability. This is a […]

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    Public education benefited from oil booms in the postbellum South

Public education benefited from oil booms in the postbellum South

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Oil-rich counties were more likely to contribute funds to build schools and hire more teachers for rural black children, writes Stephan Maurer.

Natural resources are often thought as a curse, rather than a blessing. They have, for example, been found to help entrench autocratic regimes, impede female labor market involvement, and fuel both intra-state wars and internal conflicts.

Granted, natural resources […]

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    Paul Ryan’s retirement means the season for legislating is now officially over

Paul Ryan’s retirement means the season for legislating is now officially over

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This week, the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-WI), announced that he would be handing in his gavel at year’s end and would not run for reelection. Michele L. Swers writes that before becoming Speaker, Ryan was a well-respected conservative in pursuit of budgetary reform. In a job that he only took reluctantly, his ability to legislate effectively […]

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    In Arizona’s special Congressional election, healthcare dominates the debate in a safe red district

In Arizona’s special Congressional election, healthcare dominates the debate in a safe red district

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Congressional special elections have achieved a newfound importance, with commentators looking to their results as a potential predictor of how the Republican Party might fare in this year’s midterms. Gina Woodall warns that we should not consider the upcoming special election for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District to be a bellwether contest as some others may have been. While the […]

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    Those with lower educational attainments compared to their parents or neighbors may be more likely to commit crime as adults

Those with lower educational attainments compared to their parents or neighbors may be more likely to commit crime as adults

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Criminologists have long considered how perceptions of unfair disadvantage relative to others may lead to crime, but few have examined the simultaneous influence of social comparisons to one’s parents and current neighbors. Christopher Dennison and Raymond Swisher used data from a nationally representative survey to examine the association between intergenerational educational mobility and crime, as well as the role […]

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    Compared to Mexico, religion’s role in US society has hindered progress on legal equality for LGBT people

Compared to Mexico, religion’s role in US society has hindered progress on legal equality for LGBT people

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New research by Caroline Beer and Victor Cruz Aceves examines the puzzling finding that Mexico has offered greater legal equality for LGBT people for a longer period of time than the United States.  They argue that this can be explained by the wider separation of church and state in Mexican politics and the strong importance of human rights […]

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    Why educated Republicans are still less likely to trust childhood vaccinations than educated Democrats

Why educated Republicans are still less likely to trust childhood vaccinations than educated Democrats

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There is overwhelming evidence that the benefits of vaccinations outweigh their risks. But why do so many continue to be skeptical of their use? In new research, Mark Joslyn and Steven Sylvester find that education is an important predictor of trust in vaccine science, and that Democrats are more influenced by this effect than Republicans. They write that these […]

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