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.
Our own Jennifer Silva recently published her book, Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty. Read more about Jen's work on her website.
The Economist. "Why Americans Are So Angry." (David Rennie, 12/7/13)
The Atlantic. "The Social Science Behind Obama's Economic-Mobility Speech." (Garance Franke-Ruta, 12/5/13)
The New Yorker. "Economic Inequality: A Matter of Trust?" (Amy Davidson, 12/4/13)
The Associated Press. "In God We Trust, Maybe, But Not Each Other." (Connie Cass, 12/2/13)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.