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Stiglitz, The Economist and the 1%

April 15, 2011

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An article earlier this month by Nobel winning economist Joseph Stiglitz on inequality and political power has sparked a very interesting exchange within The Economist’s ‘Democracy in America’ blog. Stiglitz makes four basic arguments: (1) that the USA has grown more unequal over recent decades, with the top 1% capturing an increasing proportion of national income and […]

Living on the edge: A review of Janice Perlman’s ‘Favela’

April 11, 2011

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Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro is the culmination of a groundbreaking longitudinal study charting the life trajectories of residents in some of Rio’s most socially excluded neighbourhoods. As may be unavoidable given the subject matter and research methodology the book treads a fine line between academic and popular social science, […]