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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.

Baseball’s storyteller, our friend

The Washington Post

Vin Scully, longtime voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, helped infuse baseball with the virtues of gentility and mutual respect.

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Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American

American Prospect

Dreier describes the ways in which professional baseball has addressed social problems directly, often being out ahead of the American public.

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Signs of Hope for the Renewal of America

National Review

Levin speaks about the sources of the social fragmentation on display in this year’s election, and urges us not to despair.

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Arlie Hochschild on how America feels to Trump supporters

Arlie Hochschild & Ezra Klein

Hochschild pays close attention to the dynamics of anger and mourning on the American Right.

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The Most Astute Analysis of American Politics in 2016? SNL’s “Black Jeopardy!” Sketch

Slate

Last week, SNL reminded us what journalists often miss in reporting on Trump’s support among the working class.

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Fiction and Identity Politics

The Guardian

An acclaimed fiction author takes on cultural appropriation—while wearing a sombrero.

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As Lionel Shriver made light of identity, I had no choice but to walk out on her

The Guardian

A critical response to Shriver’s recent address on “Fiction and Identity Politics.”

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Lionel Shriver Puts On a Sombrero

The New Yorker

Tolentino reflects on the increasingly abstract and contentious debate over cultural appropriation.

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Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness

The New York Times

Seeing loneliness as a medical problem, rather than merely a sociological or psychological one, allows us to bring the “unspoken stigma of loneliness” to light.

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I Used to Be a Human Being

New York Magazine

Sullivan’s account of his own technological wake-up call is an important reflection on the human cost of constant connectivity.

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Teens Who Say No to Social Media

The Wall Street Journal

Some young people are opting out of a wired existence to pursue something they deeply crave—non-mediated, immediate encounters with friends.

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A Manifesto Against ‘Parenting’

The Wall Street Journal

Taking care of children is one thing—‘parenting,’ Gopnik argues, is something else entirely.

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Raising the Awesome Child

The Hedgehog Review

What can we learn about ourselves from our rival conceptions of the “good child?”

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The ‘Boys’ in the Bunkhouse

The New York Times

Barry’s 2014 article introduced the public to life in Atalissa—both in the bunkhouse and in the small town outside.

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The Men of Atalissa

The New York Times

This brief documentary explores the cultural and physical landscape of Atalissa, as well as broader cultural and political trends regarding how we treat disabled persons.

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