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Livia Gershon

Livia Gershon is a freelance writer in Nashua, New Hampshire. Her writing has appeared in publications including Salon, Aeon Magazine and the Good Men Project. Contact her on Twitter @liviagershon.

Does Global Inequality Matter?

Is income inequality still a pressing global issue?

Pinterest and Hairspray: Marketing “girly” stuff to men

Marketing any product that's been branded as "feminine" to men has long been a tough task.
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What If Home Ownership Were Not Part of the American Dream?

Is home ownership a requirement for adulthood in America? As far back in 1938, some have argued to change that mindset.

What is Emotional Labor Worth?

Emotional labor is a concept that sociologist Arlie Hochschild developed in the 1983 book The Managed Heart.
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A Fight About Taxing the Wealthy, a Century Before President Obama

The debate about how much of the government's money should come from the rich is a conversation that goes back more than 100 years.

‘Traditional Values’ Meet New Technology in the Home Schooling Movement

Michael W. Apple traces both the growth of home schooling and its related political activism to virtual communities made possible by the Internet.

The Birth (and Death?) of Modern Corporations

To imagine the end of modern corporations as we currently know them, it helps to go back to their birth.
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Tackling Racism in School Discipline

Skyline High School in Oakland, California addressed serious racial disparities in school discipline, with students leading the way.

Why Everyone Thinks They’re a Victim of Tax Policy

The House of Representatives recently agreed to extend some business tax breaks retroactively into 2014. But the Wall ...

Why Go to the Movies?

In 2014, attendance at the movies hit its lowest level in two decades.

Maybe Entrepreneurs Don’t Like Risk Much After All

Research shows that entrepreneurs are surprisingly resistant to risk.

What are International Goals Good For?

As the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, created in 2000, approaches, we look at papers that explore the impact of international goals.

Quantitative Research in 2015, as Imagined in 1990

If you want to get some perspective how much quantitative research has changed in the past few decades, try going back to 1990.

Introverts at the Office—and the Oval Office

Did introversion harm Presidents Nixon and Carter's ability to perform on the job?

Is the “Culture of Welfare Dependency” Real?

Welfare dependency theories often point to a weakening of "traditional values of individualism, freedom and self-determination,"

The Origins of American Law Schools

When did law schools become a fixture in the training of elite Americans?

Employee Morale Campaigns: The Early Years

Intensive studies of workers' moods to improve business performance goes back more than 75 years.

The Demographics of U.S. Holiday Gift-giving

In a 1991 paper for the Journal of Consumer Research studied the effects of income, family size, and other demographic differences on gift-giving patterns.

A Brief History of Pregnancy Workplace Rights

In a 1986 paper in the Journal of Public Health Policy, traced how pregnancy workplace rights has shifted over the years.

When Unions Fought for the Environment

In a 1998 paper in Environmental History, Scott Dewey argues that unions were a key force for the emerging cause of environmentalism in the 1950s and '60s.

Reputation Management Lessons from Brand Scandals

What does it take for a brand to regain its customers' trust after something goes badly wrong?

What’s the Value of Single-Sex Schools?

Research on the effectiveness of single-sex schools has been mixed.

Rights and Freedom on Campus

There have been a range of debates happening over student rights and freedom.
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The Rise and Fall of “Education for Leisure”

Where did the notion of teaching people how to spend their free time come from, and why did it disappear?

Can Part-Time Jobs Be Good Jobs?

Brandeis University researcher Hilda Kahne argued for a more thoughtful approach to part-time jobs in a 1994 issue of Social Service Review