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.
Knowledge. ""College for All" Isn't a Cure-All for Inequality." (Kaisa Snellman and Jennifer M. Silva, 10/27/14).
The Brock Press. "Social Capital in France's Capital" (Jennifer Good, 10/01/14)
Slate. "Trust Me: What I learned about the emotional side of our faith in others" (Ulrich Boser, 9/25/14).
Sentinel Source. "Hunger is best fought by a community, Age-Wise". (Owen R. Houghton, 9/21/14).
Fastcoexist. "Is Income Inequality Destroying Trust in Our Society?". (Sydney Brownstone, 9/17/14).
CNN. "How Ferguson Could Be America's Future." (John Blake, 8/23/14).
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.