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America: A Welfare Nation

We think of welfare as social security for the economically vulnerable. Maybe it's time we rightfully enlarge what we mean by the term.
Butter-making, Appalachia, USA, c1917. 
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Gender and Family Farms: An Investigation

We look at how gender affects the roles of men, women, and children on family farms in Appalachia.

How Temp Jobs Changed Everything

Temporary employment, popularly known as temp jobs, skyrocketed in the 1990s. A look at its dramatic impact on the labor market.
Crowed escalator

Consumerism: An Economic Critique

Consumerism, a hallmark of American life, may not be as beneficial as we all think.

Why Do Americans Love Tipping?

Tipping as cultural practice: why some countries like the U.S. like tipping and others don't.

When Televangelism Got Big

Deregulation of the airwaves helped lead to the success of televangelism, and cable made it stronger.

The Trouble with Scientific Management

Frederick Taylor's scientific management theory has some holes in it.
"Boycott - Contaminated with apartheid - South African goods" by Djembayz - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Boycott_-_Contaminated_with_apartheid_-_South_African_goods.jpg#/media/File:Boycott_-_Contaminated_with_apartheid_-_South_African_goods.jpg

Divestment: the Polaroid Revolutionary Workers’ Movement

Polaroid employees spearheaded an anti-apartheid divestment campaign against their own employer over their company's business in South Africa in the 1970s.

Modesty in Fashion

The intersection of religion and fashion has led to modesty in bathing suits.

Why It Matters Where We Get Lunch

Choosing a place to eat goes beyond just food.