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.

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.

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

Harvard Business Review

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

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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.

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