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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.
Below the surface–and sometimes above it–a lot of today’s debates around immigration reform are about cultural assimilation.
Claude S. Fischer
Political correctness tends to close off important, if uncomfortable, topics.
It is when science directly touches faith that the conflict flares up.
Smithian ideas about natural political laws and natural human reason thrived long beyond the Revolution.
How America traded formality for authenticity.
One of the major changes in American life about 100-120 years ago was the domestication of public spaces.
From job-seeking to medical treatment, many decision-makers decide with a racial tilt (consciously or not).
Claude S. Fischer paints a broad picture of what Americans say they want—and suggests what might finally get them there.
Heated response to “slum ethnography” is as old as the genre itself.
If what we today consider racism was a norm in America’s recent past and is the norm in many places around the world, how can it also be a psychopathology, an abnormal psychological condition?
New peer-to-peer purchases are a step back to a more informal economy.
A bad environment can worsen the life chances not only of a child, but that of the child’s child.
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