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William Julius Wilson named winner of 2013 Moynihan Prize

  • Mon, Jan 14 2013
    • William Julius Wilson

William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, has been named the winner of the 2013 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize.  He will receive the prize on Thursday, May 9, in Washington DC, at the Academy’s annual gala dinner at the Newseum.  The same day, in Washington, Wilson will deliver the inaugural Daniel Patrick Moynihan Lecture on Social Science and Public Policy. “Bill Wilson is one of the most influential social scientists of the twentieth century and, arguably, one of the great American scholars of our time,” said AAPSS President Douglas S. Massey.…

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William Julius Wilson: How Cultural and Structural Forces Interact

  • Fri, Jun 18 2010
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In his May 2010 Annals article, William Julius Wilson addresses the question of why both social structure and culture matter in a holistic analysis of inner-city poverty. In a recent interview with Stephanie Marudas, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard discusses why both structure and culture matter—and offers his thoughts on whether the nation is moving forward in bringing people out of poverty. Stephanie Marudas: In your piece in The Annals [“Why Both Social Structure and Culture Matter in a Holistic Analysis of Inner-City Poverty”] you make the case that there are both systemic structural…

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Michele Lamont: The need to engineer policies so the poor are not stigmatized

  • Fri, Jun 18 2010
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Can policy-makers move beyond the notion that the poor have wrong values that influence their life choices and be helped to understand how specific policies, whether related to increasing employment opportunities or curbing violence, can be instrumental in helping people escape poverty? Michèle Lamont, professor of sociology and African and African-American Studies and Robert I. Goldman professor of European studies at Harvard University, discusses the May 2010 volume of The Annals "Reconsidering Culture and Poverty" with Stephanie Marudas and describes her own comparative research that led her to question why attitudes toward the poor were so different in France than…

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David Harding: Understanding what it is like as a poor person in this country

  • Fri, Jun 18 2010
    • David Harding

For a long time, says David Harding, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Michigan, culture was something nobody wanted to touch in talking about poverty, in part because of a kind of backlash against the idea of blaming the victim.  In an interview with Stephanie Marudas on the new volume of The Annals he co-edited on Reconsidering Culture and Poverty, Harding talks about how important it can be to answer important questions about the causes and consequences of poverty, how people deal with poverty and what it is like as a poor person in this country. Stephanie Marudas: Tell…

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Reconsidering Culture and Poverty: A Congressional Briefing

  • Fri, Jun 18 2010
    •  Policy Briefing

On May 13, 2010, a Congressional Briefing was held at the Capitol Visitor's Center in Washington, DC, with the co-editors and contributor to The Annals volume on "Reconsidering Culture and Poverty." The following is a transcript of the briefing, which was moderated by Michael Laracy, Director of Policy Reform and Advocacy for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, with David Harding, University of Michigan, Michèle Lamont, Harvard University, Mario Small, University of Chicago, and William Julius Wilson, Harvard University. You may also listen to or download a podcast of the briefing. Part 1 Michael Laracy: Good morning. I'm Mike Laracy; I'm Director…

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Reconsidering Culture and Poverty

  • Fri, Jun 18 2010
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    • From left, David Harding, Michele Lamont and Mario Small
    • Congressional Briefing
    • David Harding
    • Mario Small
    • Michele Lamont
    • William Julius Wilson

What is the role of culture in poverty? Sociologists David Harding, Michèle Lamont, Mario Small (editors), and William Julius Wilson (contributor) take up the long-abandoned subject in their May 2010 volume of The Annals, “Reconsidering Culture and Poverty,” in which they reject an earlier view that people would cease to be poor if they simply changed their culture. Instead, they point to new research that reconsiders the ways in which “meaning-making” factors into the production and reproduction of poverty. They emphasize the need for careful empirical analysis of how the poor…

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Larry Bartels: "The shameful unresponsiveness to the preferences of low-income Americans"

  • Tue, Jun 1 2010
    • Larry Bartels with Alan Krueger

On May 13, 2010, Larry M. Bartels was inducted as the Robert A. Dahl Fellow of the Academy at the Newseum in Washington, DC. When inducting him, Alan B. Krueger, Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist for the U.S. Treasury, cited Bartels’s extensive work on American electoral politics, public opinion, and political accountability. “He uses empirical research to examine, in his words, ‘whether democracy works as advertised,’” Krueger said. “Larry’s work runs from the theoretical to the applied, from evaluating quasi instrumental variables to discovering uncomfortable facts that don’t fit with popular beliefs. He is also one of…

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Sheldon Danziger: "Economic growth on its own is no longer a sufficient antipoverty strategy"

  • Tue, Jun 1 2010
    • Sheldon Danziger and Kenneth Prewitt

On May 13, 2010, Sheldon Danziger was inducted as the John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow of the Academy at the Newseum in Washington, DC. In inducting him, Kenneth Prewitt noted “For nearly half a century Sheldon has been in the thick of scholarly attention to and policy debates about inequalities, lamenting that ‘Poverty remains high not because of a shortage of effective antipoverty options but because the public and policy-makers have not made reducing poverty a priority.’ He shares that troubling conclusion with John Kenneth Galbraith, as he does a concern to plug away at correcting that flaw in the body…

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