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Claude S. Fischer is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and author of Made in America. In his bimonthly BR column, Fischer explores controversial social and cultural issues using tools of sociology and history.
Fixing inequality is about more than addressing the income gap.
Claude S. Fischer
Government has always played an outsize role in creating jobs—and still can.
Cities are now playgrounds for the rich, with the poor forced into suburbs.
Polls are bad at picking presidents but still have much to teach us.
Historical segregation turns out to have been greater than we thought—and it hasn't gone away.
Lily Tomlin and Julia Garner in Grandma.
Systematic, reliable evidence that Americans converse less in person than before is hard to find.
Americans seem likelier than other Westerners to believe the world is fair.
In true American style, Brooks understands our lives to be the products of individual will alone.
Trends in American Opinion
The less affluent are increasingly leading “non-standard” lives.
The instability of the white working class.
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