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.

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Human Flow

A Chinese artist’s powerful campaign to highlight the humanity of migrants, filmed over the course of one year across twenty-three countries.

By Ai Weiwei | Vol. 106

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Inside China's Vast New Experiment in Social Ranking

The Chinese government has begun a massive program to track “social credit,” potentially in partnership with Chinese social media and finance corporations.

By Mara Hvistendal | Vol. 106

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On Citizenship

Immigration issues accentuate one of the basic challenges of contemporary life: navigating the tension between the rights of citizens and the obligations of neighbors.

By Emily Gum | Vol. 106

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Short Cuts

Davies comments on the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal, and what we should learn from it.

By William Davies | Vol. 104

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Vocation & the Common Good: Victor Boutros

Victor Boutros is the founding director of the Human Trafficking Institute, where he equips law enforcement agents with the tools needed to end trafficking and slavery.

By New City Commons | Vol. 102

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On Poverty and Housing

Why can’t the poor afford the housing they need? Part of the problem is that tax policies intended to incentivize homeownership disproportionately benefit wealthier homeowners, and provide no support to poor renters.

By Philip Lorish & Madison Fisher | Vol. 95

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Busted: America's Poverty Myths

Gladstone explores the myths around poverty in America, highlighting the systemic nature of poverty and the public assumptions of how people become and stay poor.

By Brooke Gladstone | Vol. 95

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How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality

Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize recipient for his book Evicted, takes on the question of housing and inequality directly in this featured piece.

By Matthew Desmond | Vol. 95

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America Is Still the Future

British-born writer Andrew Sullivan offers one immigrant’s perspective on what it means to be (and to become) an American.

By Andrew Sullivan | Vol. 83

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Immigrant Mother in Denver Takes Refuge as Risk of Deportation Looms

Jeanette Vizguerra—a mother, immigration advocate, and former small-business owner—is currently seeking sanctuary in a Denver church.

By Julie Turkewitz | Vol. 83

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