NEW! Robert D. Putnam's upcoming book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, is slated for publication in 2015. Read the press release from Simon & Schuster here.
Wall Street Journal. "A bipartisan consensus on income inequality?" (William Galston, 4/15/14)
Huffington Post. "Caring for 'our kids' is a faith challenge." (Katherine Marshall, 4/14/14)
The Columbus Dispatch. "Income-gap issues play role in elections." (Joe Vardon, 4/13/14)
Maclean's Magazine. "America is moving toward a caste society." (Tamsin McMahon, 4/8/14)
The Atlantic. "It Helps to Like Your Neighbor During a Natural Disaster." (Emma Green, 4/3/14)
NPR News. "Of Me I Sing: Americans Construct an Opt-Out Society." (Alan Greenblatt, 3/28/14)See all our recent news articles
Saguaro is currently researching the impact of economic hard times on social capital and civic engagement, as well as some worrying new evidence of a growing "class gap" among American young people. Children from upper-middle class backgrounds are increasingly well-nested in family, religious, and community networks, whereas kids from working class backgrounds are increasingly isolated from such connections.
This phenomenon is a compound problem, as both changing family structure and income inequality have had a hand in the demise of equal opportunity and the American Dream.