You are here: > Resources > Social Sciences & Groups

Social Sciences & Groups

Categories underneath Social Sciences & Groups:

Search only Social Sciences & Groups, and everything underneath:

Articles and Resources

182 Articles and Resources. Go to:  [Previous 50] [Next 50]

Date Resource Read it at:
Aug 11, 2007 Rights Movement Divides Russia's Gay Community

QUOTE: Campaigners say homophobia is as much a political as a social issue… But other gays express skepticism over an approach that pushes them into the public eye.

Washington Post
Aug 08, 2007 The names we use for people over 50: Whatever you do, don't say 'elderly.' The preferred word choice in a new survey: 'older.'

QUOTE: [AARP] editor Steven Slon says… those who are older "don't want to be marginalized and put off in a category of people who simply get discounts but are not to be taken seriously."

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 05, 2007 The downside of diversity: A Harvard political scientist finds that diversity hurts civic life. What happens when a liberal scholar unearths an inconvenient truth?

QUOTE: Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam... has found that the greater the diversity in a community, the fewer people vote and the less they volunteer, the less they give to charity and work on community projects. In the most diverse communities, neighbors trust one another about half as much as they do in the most homogenous settings. The study, the largest ever on civic engagement in America, found that virtually all measures of civic health are lower in more diverse settings.

Boston Globe
Aug 04, 2007 La. Town Fells 'White Tree,' but Tension Runs Deep: Black Teens' Case Intensifies Racial Issues

QUOTE: District Attorney Reed Walters said in December that his decision to prosecute the black teenagers to the full extent of the law had nothing to do with race... But black residents in Jena said issues of race permeate their town…

Washington Post
Jul 10, 2007 Persecuted Gays Seek Refuge in U.S.: Foreigners' Abuse Increasingly Seen as Grounds for Asylum

QUOTE: Harassment and abuse of gay men and lesbians is becoming increasingly accepted as grounds for legal asylum in the United States, even at a time of conservative judicial activism...

Washington Post
Jul 09, 2007 Sun-scorched Phoenix takes more heart for its homeless: The heat wave hitting the Sun Belt's homeless population is being met with new rigor.

QUOTE: "Living outside, whether summertime or wintertime, is both dangerous and life-threatening to the homeless," says Michael Stoops... [but] “There's been a statewide effort to reach out and help care for our men, women, and children on the streets."

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 06, 2007 For teens, it's curfew time ... at the mall: Shopping centers ban unsupervised teens on Friday and Saturday nights to curb violence. Kids say: Hey, where will we hang out?

QUOTE: The [mall curfew] policy has stirred up emotion and controversy among teens, parents, and others and raises age-old questions: How do you create a safe shopping environment without singling out one group – in this case, teens? Will a curfew really bring more civility to the aisles of Ann Taylor and Aéropostale?

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 05, 2007 California's Biggest Law Firms Receive Poor Marks for Minority Hiring

QUOTE: Berkeley's Greenlining Institute released a report card Thursday summarizing how the legal profession has fared in hiring and promoting attorneys of various ethnic backgrounds. And the numbers are not encouraging.
May 30, 2007 Interrogation Methods Are Criticized

QUOTE: As the Bush administration completes secret new rules governing interrogations, a group of experts advising the intelligence agencies are arguing that the harsh techniques used since the 2001 terrorist attacks are outmoded, amateurish and unreliable. .... In a blistering lecture delivered last month, a former adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called “immoral” some interrogation tactics used by the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon.

New York Times
May 25, 2007 Minority Women Face Uphill Climb in Small Business

QUOTE: THERE'S A TROUBLING question facing women-of-color entrepreneurs, who are starting small businesses at a rate higher than the national average: What's holding them back?

Smart Money
May 20, 2007 Academics May Boycott Iran Over Scholar's Detainment

QUOTE: Momentum is building behind an academic boycott of Iran to pressure the government to free imprisoned American scholar Haleh Esfandiari

Washington Post
Apr 30, 2007 Study Suggests Why Elderly are Good Scam Targets

QUOTE: not reacting to a potential loss could be detrimental if older adults are oblivious to signals of something harmful in their environment.
Apr 29, 2007 In praise of peer pressure: How a new form of marketing, using the appeal of fitting in, may persuade people to drink less--and turn down their thermostats

QUOTE: The research, reported in next month's issue of Psychological Science, reflects growing interest in what's known as "social-norms marketing" -- attempting to change behavior by telling people what their peers do. .... The effects of peer pressure remain hard to measure, and hard to manipulate -- yet the tug of the herd mindset is everywhere.

Boston Globe
Apr 22, 2007 In Brooklyn, Hipsters Sip 'Fair Trade' Brews

QUOTE: In general, the fair trade label means that farmers of crops like coffee or cocoa in the third world, or workers who stitch T-shirts in factories abroad, are paid fairly. .... Some industry observers and journalists have identified labor abuses on farms producing crops that have been certified as fair trade by international groups, like paying migrant workers below a country’s legal minimum wage.

New York Times
Apr 14, 2007 Chess champ arrested at protest

QUOTE: Thousands of police officers massed to keep the demonstrators off landmark Pushkin Square in downtown Moscow, beating some and detaining many others, including Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion who has emerged as the most prominent leader of the opposition alliance.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Apr 14, 2007 Administration Seeks to Expand Surveillance Law

QUOTE: The proposed revisions to FISA would also allow the government to keep information obtained "unintentionally," unrelated to the purpose of the surveillance, if it "contains significant foreign intelligence." Currently such information is destroyed unless it indicates threat of death or serious bodily harm.

Washington Post
Apr 11, 2007 Klan-busters fighting on a new front

QUOTE: The lawsuit, filed in February in Meade County Circuit Court in Kentucky, is the first by the law center aimed at combating a rise in violence against immigrants, according to Morris Dees, the center's founder. "The biggest thing fueling hate groups is Latino migration into this country, (people) who are perceived as harming America," Dees said.

Apr 10, 2007 From L.A., a reinvention of Big Labor: A 'blue-green alliance' of workers, environmentalists, and others offers one model for union revival, analysts say.

QUOTE: Analysts note that the city is a major entry point for immigrants, legal and otherwise, who tend to work at low-wage jobs in numbers large enough to have some collective impact. It has active environmental and religious communities, which are increasingly taking up the causes of the poor. Moreover, they say, an exodus by much of the middle class leaves a city in which the contrast between Hollywood's megarich and South Central's slipping poor is acute and, to many, disturbing.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 10, 2007 With a zap or swipe of IDs, device helps nab scofflaws

QUOTE: A handheld device that can tell in a second whether a person is on one of 140 wanted or watch lists is being hailed by police as a crime-fighting breakthrough and flayed by civil libertarians as an intrusion on the innocent

Apr 06, 2007 Adopting A Crusade: Child development experts want to wipe out orphanages. Karen Gordon wants to fix them.

QUOTE: Today the very word "orphanage" is condemned. The favored (and more accurate) term is "children's home," since many of these kids' parents are alive but unable or unwilling to take care of their offspring. When Gordon offered to help United Nations officials explore how to improve care, she was turned away. She learned that the World Health Organization and the World Bank also oppose putting children in institutions--so why work on fixing them?

Apr 05, 2007 Diamonds in the ruffians: Traveling salesmen who still sell diamonds door-to-retail-door are being targeted by organized gangs of robbers.

QUOTE: By 2001, the industry was plagued by some 300 thefts a year, adding up to almost $100 million in losses. "It was open city, there was practically no [law] enforcement," says the JSA's Mr. Kennedy. "You couldn't get an FBI agent to respond if you stood on your head."

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 04, 2007 Prisons liable for lewd inmates: The high court let stand Monday a ruling that California officials didn't address sexual harassment.

QUOTE: At issue in the case was whether prison officials can be held responsible for failing – in the view of a judge – to adequately control the misbehavior of inmates. Corrections officials say they deserve a degree of judicial deference given the challenging conditions in many prisons.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 03, 2007 Privacy advocates fight for ground lost after 9/11: Five years after surrendering privacy for security, many challenge the scope of US government domestic surveillance.

QUOTE: The trade-off was one plenty of citizens and lawmakers willingly made after 9/11: less individual privacy for better national security. Five and a half years later, many are rethinking, even challenging, the government's expanded use of surveillance inside the US, spurred by revelations about the scope and number of new programs.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 02, 2007 Garry Kasparov's risky anti-Putin game plan: The chess master is backing peaceful – if often illegal – urban protests of what he calls Russia's 'police state.'

QUOTE: The goal, he says, is to compel the Kremlin to give up plans for a tightly managed succession from Mr. Putin to a new leader in a year's time, and to open the process for a free and fair choice. "In a chess game, when your king is under attack, you have to defend," says Kasparov, enumerating what he sees as the dire threats to democracy in Russia. "We had to try something, so we tried creating The Other Russia. And it worked..."Beneath this illusion of stability," he adds, "there is boiling protest and growing economic disparity. The only way out is to have real, competitive, and free elections."

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 29, 2007 Organic food? Sure, but is it cage-free?: Some US consumers want labels that tell if food is local and animals are treated humanely.

QUOTE: The movement, in one sense, is relatively tiny. The organic industry has been steadily growing at close to 20 percent a year, but it still encompasses only about 2.5 percent of all food sales, according to the most recent 2005 figures. A far smaller subset of consumers who buy organic also care about issues like buying local products or supporting fair-trade principles.

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 28, 2007 New Drive Afoot to Pass Equal Rights Amendment

QUOTE: The amendment consists of 52 words and has one key line: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." That sentence would subject legal claims of gender discrimination to the same strict scrutiny given by courts to allegations of racial discrimination.

Washington Post
Mar 27, 2007 Cities set limits on serving food to homeless people

QUOTE: Cities are cracking down on charities that feed the homeless, adopting rules that restrict food giveaways to certain locations, require charities to get permits or limit the number of free meals they can provide.

Mar 23, 2007 Does the prospect of arranged marriage and abuse warrant asylum in the US?: An immigration judge said no, but an appeals court panel found a valid fear of persecution.

QUOTE: [US Solicitor General] Mr. Clement says the decision by the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York threatens to transform American asylum law into a worldwide haven for women trapped in potentially abusive relationships after being sold into forced marriages. Lawyers supporting Gao retort: What's wrong with that?

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 22, 2007 Once a slave in the US, still fighting for her freedom: María Suárez survived life as a sex slave for five years in Los Angeles. There are thousands more like her.

QUOTE: Human trafficking is fast approaching drugs and the illegal arms trade as the most profitable criminal activities globally. In 2000, Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), to enlist the government in prosecution of traffickers and provision of victim services. At least 22 states have passed laws, but law enforcement is scrambling to train their people about the problem and how to identify situations correctly.

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 20, 2007 US authorities hold tougher line on hiring illegal immigrants: Criminal arrests, often of executives, quadrupled in a year. But is it a tactic to pass a guest-worker program?

QUOTE: The raid is part of a growing crackdown on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. Historically, such charges have been all but impossible to prove because managers could always say they were unaware that workers carried false documents. Now, the federal government is playing hardball with tactics reminiscent of the war on drugs: undercover agents, hidden recording equipment, and seizures of property connected with the crime.

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 17, 2007 Nagin Suspects a Plot To Keep Blacks Away

QUOTE: "Ladies and gentlemen, what happened in New Orleans could happen anywhere," Nagin said at a dinner sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a trade group for newspapers that target black readers. "They are studying this model of natural disasters, dispersing the community and changing the electoral process in that community."

Washington Post
Mar 15, 2007 Federal court eyes local crackdown of illegal migrants: Under challenge is a Hazleton, Pa., law, copied by many cities, that may go to the US Supreme Court.

QUOTE: Now in place or being considered in as many as 100 municipalities in at least 27 states, the Hazleton ordinance is, for the first time, under judicial scrutiny in a federal court in Scranton, Pa. It's the beginning of a journey that legal experts say will likely go all the way to the US Supreme Court. At issue is whether municipalities have the authority to mete out punishment to those enabling illegal immigrants [landlords and business owners who do business with undocumented residents] or whether such laws usurp the federal government's power.

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 15, 2007 L.A. Police Initiative Thins Out Skid Row: Crime Is Down and Businesses Are Hopeful, But Some Complain Policy Harms Homeless

QUOTE: But some who run shelters and programs for the homeless in the area say police harassment is chasing away people who need help. Those advocates say Skid Row became so troubled because of a decades-long policy to concentrate the region's homeless services in one area.

Washington Post
Mar 04, 2007 Inmates Will Replace Wary Migrants in Colorado Fields

QUOTE: Under the program, which has drawn criticism from groups concerned about immigrants’ rights and from others seeking changes in the criminal justice system, farmers will pay a fee to the state, and the inmates, who volunteer for the work, will be paid about 60 cents a day, corrections officials said.

New York Times
Mar 01, 2007 Sex offender surveillance: Legislation proposes "civil confinement" and bans offenders from most public spaces.

QUOTE: it's hard to see how the license plate laws aren't the equivalent to a massive mobile scarlet letter which might unfairly reflect on people beyond the sex offender.

Feb 26, 2007 Activists put CEOs in a fishbowl: More shareholders are combining forces to scrutinize the practices of upper-level management.

QUOTE: As winter winds down, activists of varied stripes are gearing up for a new spring season of shareholder meetings by linking up with allies and upgrading their approaches. They're tapping into new networks, formed in the past three years, to rally grass-roots investors behind various causes. They're also reaping the benefits of new disclosure requirements intended to demystify mountains of paperwork and legalese that have traditionally enshrouded the inner workings of corporate boards.

Christian Science Monitor
Feb 16, 2007 China's Widening Income Gap: With city-dwellers now earning 3.2 times what rural residents do, workers are demanding more rights—and Beijing is starting to worry

QUOTE: In response, policy makers and citizens are debating a host of new laws intended to strengthen the rights of workers, including regulations on social security and labor disputes, and an employment promotion law. All of these will be discussed at the Congress that starts on Mar. 5, and then will likely be enacted throughout the rest of this year.

Feb 09, 2007 New Advocacy Group Aims To Point Up Atrocities in Africa: Former Officials Unite to Focus Public on Darfur, Other Conflicts

QUOTE: A new group, calling itself Enough, has joined the growing list of nongovernmental peacemaking organizations. Its aim, the founders said, is to tap into the grass-roots awareness and sense of rage generated by the Darfur crisis and create a social and political network that can identify potential wide-scale atrocities, particularly in Africa, and stop them before they occur.

Washington Post
Aug 13, 2006 D.C. Gay Group Battles 'AIDS Fatigue'

QUOTE: There was a time when AIDS united the gay community. Now, in subtle ways, the epidemic has divided it.

Washington Post
Aug 12, 2006 Help for the Hardest Part of Prison: Staying Out

QUOTE: The flood of..inmates emerging from the nation’s prisons each year, and the dismal fact that more than half of those will return, plays out relentlessly...keeping already troubled families in emotional and financial turmoil.

New York Times
Aug 07, 2006 The traveling soup kitchen under fire

QUOTE: Asheville is one of several cities that is cracking down on mobile soup kitchens - "soupmobiles" - especially those stationed too close to established neighborhoods or high-rent districts.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 19, 2006 SBA Proposals Aimed at Firms Owned by Women

QUOTE: The Small Business Administration is proposing changes aimed at increasing government contracting dollars going to women-owned small businesses... The program would let contracting officers restrict competition for some contracts to eligible women-owned small businesses.

Washington Post
Jun 10, 2006 Buying Their Way In: The British Have Invaded Florida by Way of the E2 Visa, A Shortcut For Immigrants Who Can Purchase U.S. Businesses

QUOTE: Although many foreigners wait years for permission to live in this country legally, a small but growing number have found a legal path that is relatively simple and fast: come with deep pockets to buy businesses here. Foreigners who promise to purchase businesses that could create U.S. jobs and pump money into the economy can get non-immigrant investor visas, known as E2... E2 visa applicants apply directly to the U.S. embassy in their home country, skipping approval from the Department of Labor and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, where applications for temporary skilled-worker and other business visas can take years to be processed.

Washington Post
Jun 09, 2006 Flood insurance available— if you're rich

QUOTE: a handful of insurance companies are rolling out comprehensive flood insurance in the USA...If you're a homeowner who lives along the coast or you don't have deep pockets, don't expect to get this coverage.

Jun 04, 2006 An Island Engulfed by Migrants: Tiny Malta Struggles to Absorb Boatloads of Desperate Africans

QUOTE: Many in Malta, an overwhelmingly white, Catholic nation, are angry about the growing numbers of black, mostly Muslim newcomers. "We don't want a multicultural society,"...

Washington Post
May 30, 2006 Essay: Well-Intentioned Food Police May Create Havoc With Children's Diets

QUOTE: I believe the schools are overreacting to the so-called obesity epidemic, and in the process are doing our children more harm than good...Such efforts usually fail, making weight problems and eating disorders worse.

New York Times
May 30, 2006 For Some Katrina Evacuees, Another Displacement Looms: Thousands Face Expiration of FEMA Rental Assistance

QUOTE: Last month, FEMA began issuing letters to thousands of evacuees telling them their aid would be terminated...That decision...will create "widespread homelessness" and violates FEMA's statutory obligations to provide temporary housing assistance to hurricane victims.

Washington Post
May 23, 2006 Personal Data on Veterans Is Stolen: Burglary Leaves Millions at Risk Of Identity Theft

QUOTE: As many as 26.5 million veterans were placed at risk of identity theft after an intruder stole an electronic data file this month containing their names, birth dates and Social Security numbers from the home of a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, Secretary Jim Nicholson said yesterday.

Washington Post
May 22, 2006 In Germany, Concern Over Racial Violence at World Cup

QUOTE: A surge in violent attacks on dark-skinned victims has prompted German authorities to express growing concern that neo-Nazis and other racist groups could try to disrupt the World Cup soccer tournament next month.

Washington Post
May 19, 2006 Senators Deride U.S. Position on China

QUOTE: China's currency policy... has drawn widespread criticism for giving Chinese manufacturers a competitive edge that costs American jobs.

Washington Post

182 Articles and Resources. Go to:  [Previous 50] [Next 50]