Category: Culture and Race

Is a stratified society “normal”?

Historically, stratified societies have outnumbered egalitarian societies.  By “stratified”, I mean the separation of people into (more or less) clear, hierarchical levels of class or rank.  All of the great ancient civilizations were made up of stratified societies, and it…

Latinos on the Internet: Meeting in the middle

The Pew Hispanic Center recently released a report describing Internet usage amongst Latinos in the US. Overall, the report was very encouraging. From 2006 to 2008, the percentage of adult Latinos who used the Internet grew by 10 percentage points…

Classist, not Racist

Some of the anger directed at the Bush administration for the big mess in New Orleans has focused on the fact that most of the people who were stranded in the aftermath of Katrina were black. Many black entertainers and…