Category Archives: Poverty

Poor kids help at home but hide at school, or the dynamics of Exclusion

Children from poor families cope by hiding their situation from teachers and peers. The study sheds light on the demanding circumstances under which poor children interact with other children – and adults. At home a poor child will tend to … Continue reading

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Empowering Villagers by showing them the Beauty of their Own Voice

One of the overarching issues that the village faces is a sense of inferiority vis-à-vis the city. The language that many of them use to describe themselves and their village in comparison to the city and city dwellers illustrates a … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Poverty and Racial Higher Education Affirmative-Action Quotas

There are only two explanations for the grossly disproportionate student bodies in the United States and Brazil. (1) Black students in the United States and Brazil are inferior, they are not working as hard, or they are not as naturally … Continue reading

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Brazil – racial and income Affirmative Action at Federal Universities

The law which forces Brazilian federal universities to leave 50% of higher education seats to students from government schools and minorities such as blacks and indigenous became effective on Monday. Affirmative action or positive discrimination means public school students have … Continue reading

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Parental job loss and youth’s education

We aim to understand why blacks are significantly less likely than whites to perpetuate their middle class status across generations.  We find that parental job loss is associated with a lesser likelihood of obtaining any post-secondary education for all offspring, … Continue reading

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Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions

Incisive grassroots account of the new global revolutions by acclaimed BBC journalist. The world is facing a wave of uprisings, protests and revolutions: Arab dictators swept away, public spaces occupied, slum-dwellers in revolt, cyberspace buzzing with utopian dreams. Events we … Continue reading

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Coping with Complexity: Child and Adult Poverty

Listening to people talk about their experience of poverty, it is clear that poverty is complex and multi-dimensional. Poverty is more than simply a lack of income. It is the stress caused by the inability to make ends meet, social … Continue reading

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Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity

The punitive turn of penal policy in the United States after the came of the Civil Rights movement responds not to rising criminal insecurity but to the social insecurity spawned by the fragmentation of wage labor and the shakeup of … Continue reading

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Persistence, Privilege, and Parenting: The Comparative Study of Intergenerational Mobility

Children born into poor families tend to stay poor and children born into wealthy families generally stay rich. Other countries have shown more success at lessening the effects of inequality on mobility—possibly by making public investments in education, health, and … Continue reading

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Children Early Care and Learning

The early years of a child’s life present a unique opportunity to foster healthy development, and research has underscored the importance of the first five years of life – both positive and negative experiences – in shaping children’s cognitive, behavioral, … Continue reading

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