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Contested Development

This blog arrives in response to fellow gnoviser Colleen Valentine’s insightful post about the relationship between Western culture and female reproductive rights. At the end of her blog, Colleen wonders if the gulf that separates ‘developed’ nations from ‘developing’ ones is really … Continue reading

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Occupying the Dream

Posted up in a makeshift hamlet in a neighborhood park in Lower Manhattan, the 99 percent have mobilized in opposition to “the man” and his oppressive capitalist regime. The suits peer down from high-rises with insolent smiles, sipping pinot grigio … Continue reading

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When Rich Meets Reality – Depicting the Benefaction of the Wealthy

In such a hyper-mediated society, it’s only fitting that watching television is one of America’s favorite and most time-consuming activities. The middle-class American family is a historic character of the small screen, immortalized in such classics as All in the Family and The Simpsons – reassuring the most robust, yet simultaneously fragile social class during bouts of racial strife and economic turmoil.  Yet, as wealth disparities grow and the middle class suffers, television offers a new type of reassurance – one that proclaims that rich people are just like us.

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