Culture Briefing


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.

How Friendships Change in Adulthood

The Atlantic

Beck identifies and illustrates a problem many of us feel: the difficulty of sustaining healthy friendships in adulthood.

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How Our Housing Choices Make Adult Friendships More Difficult


In a response to Beck’s Atlantic piece, Roberts calls for a creative rethinking of our lived environment.

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Is Overwork Killing You?

Harvard Business Review

This piece highlights another cultural barrier to adult friendships: a tendency toward a totalizing understanding of work.

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