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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 Sustainable

On Deaths of Despair

Deaths by drugs, alcohol, and suicide—what researchers call “deaths of despair”—are rising in nearly every area of the nation. How did we get here?

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 90

The Sustainable

Working class white Americans are now dying in middle age at faster rates than minority groups

Deaths by drugs, alcohol, and suicide—what researchers call “deaths of despair”—are rising in nearly every area of the nation.

By Alison Burke | Vol. 90

The Sustainable

What Happens at Home When People Can’t Depend on Stable Work

UVA sociologist Allison Pugh connects the rise in deaths of despair to the instability of America’s labor market.

By Allison J. Pugh | Vol. 90

The Sustainable

When a drug epidemic’s victims are white

Solving the heroin and opioid epidemic must begin with a frank recognition of the failures of empathy that marked previous attempts to address drug addiction in America.

By German Lopez | Vol. 90

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