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Five life lessons from “56 Up”

Jeremy Adam Smith, Editor, Greater Good Magazine | March 12, 2013

The film critic Roger Ebert famously called the “Up” series “an inspired, even noble, use of the film medium.” It started in 1964, when the British TV program World in Action profiled 14 seven year olds with the aim of discovering how social class shaped their worldviews. There was no intention of going beyond that … Continue reading »

Job hunting: Timing is (not?) everything

Claude Fischer, professor of sociology | October 5, 2011

Americans generally claim that what you get in life is mainly a result of what you put in, your talents and your effort. Yet it hard to deny that, often, factors outside a person’s control have major consequences — such as the year the person was born. This post is about what some social scientists … Continue reading »