Reimagining the Common Good


What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

The Just

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

This long-form Atlantic feature gives names, faces, and voices to the staggering statistics on mass incarceration in the United States.

By Ta-Nehisi Coates | Vol. 18

The Just

A Call for Hope in the Age of Mass Incarceration

In a short response, Anyabwile applauds Coates’ insight and candor, but argues that his message suffers from a lack of hope.

By Thabiti Anyabwile | Vol. 18

The Just

Lifting As We Climb

A Harvard law professor’s take on “respectability politics,” a strategy of attentiveness to public presentation that undergirded much of the Civil Rights Movement.

By Randall Kennedy | Vol. 18

The Good

Blood At the Root

In conversations with Charleston residents three months after this summer’s killings, what emerges most powerfully is the healing and sustaining role of the black church.

By David Remnick | Vol. 18

The Just

On Race, Respectability, and Hope

A summary of this week’s articles, which highlight thoughtful contributions to the national conversation on racial inequity.

By Sam Speers | Vol. 18

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