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Essays and videos on social issues, history, political life and the future
A fairly fed world | Aeon
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Poverty and development

A fairly fed world

Last year, 200 million children did not get enough to eat, yet it would be cheap and easy for the world to feed them all

Sharman Apt Russell

Kids game | Aeon
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Teaching and learning

The charity that teaches underprivileged kids to humanely hunt their next meal

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Toward a feminist criminal law | Aeon
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Gender

Toward a feminist criminal law

Mass incarceration means police and prisons are not simple allies for feminists who want a more just world

Aya Gruber

After slavery | Aeon
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Global history

After slavery

Abolition in Africa brought longed-for freedoms, but also political turmoil, economic collapse and rising enslavement

Toby Green

The tyranny of work | Aeon
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Work

The tyranny of work

Jobs have become, for so many, a relentless, unsatisfying toil. Why then does the work ethic still hold so much sway?

Jamie McCallum

Sociology’s race problem | Aeon
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Race and ethnicity

Sociology’s race problem

Urban ethnographers do more harm than good in speaking for Black communities. They see only suffering, not diversity or joy

Robyn Autry

EXCLUSIVEIn the wake | Aeon
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Making

Kerala’s skilled hand-weavers struggle to survive the rising tides of modernity

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The billionaire curse | Aeon
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Poverty and development

The billionaire curse

Philanthropy is vital – but its mechanisms are as intricate and troubling as the baroque structures of high finance

Katharyne Mitchell

Home stream | Aeon
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Home

A street-level view of homelessness from a woman living through it

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The ‘organic child’ ideal holds mothers to an impossible standard | Aeon
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Food and drink

The ‘organic child’ ideal holds mothers to an impossible standard

Kate Cairns, Norah MacKendrick & Josée Johnston

Madagascar: a treasured island | Aeon
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Poverty and development

What economics look like in resource-rich yet poverty-stricken Madagascar

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Lions in the corner | Aeon
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Public health

‘I know it looks barbaric.’ Can a fight club curb street violence?

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How the poor became blessed | Aeon
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History

How the poor became blessed

Greco-Roman gods had no interest in the poor nor was organised charity a religious duty. How was Christianity different?

Pieter van der Horst

Like the chemical process of osmosis, migration is unstoppable | Aeon
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Demography and migration

Like the chemical process of osmosis, migration is unstoppable

Robert A Burton

African art in Western museums: it’s patrimony not heritage | Aeon
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Anthropology

African art in Western museums: it’s patrimony not heritage

Charlotte Joy

Engines of democracy | Aeon
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Education

Engines of democracy

Society will be much improved by loosening the stranglehold of top universities on the education of elites. But how?

Jennifer M Morton

After the storm | Aeon
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Poverty and development

After the storm

Few things tell us more about the nature of state sovereignty, and the threats to it, than the politics of disaster relief

Saptarishi Bandopadhyay

Crisanto Street | Aeon
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Poverty and development

In Silicon Valley’s shadow, a boy bids farewell to the trailer community that’s been home

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Why won’t the US Supreme Court do anything about racism? | Aeon
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Human rights and justice

Why won’t the US Supreme Court do anything about racism?

Tonja Jacobi & Ross Berlin

At home with the homeless | Aeon
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Anthropology

At home with the homeless

Is a home made of bricks and mortar or hopes and dreams? Dispatches from among the rough sleepers on the streets of Paris

Johannes Lenhard

What really helps the poor? | Aeon
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Poverty and development

What really helps the poor?

It’s difficult to test whether poverty relief actually works. Do randomised controlled trials provide a scientific measure?

Stephanie Wykstra

The forgotten children of China’s prisoners | Aeon
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Human rights and justice

With their father in prison, Wei, Yan and Won are invisible to the Chinese state

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Lord thing | Aeon
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Race and ethnicity

Can a gang transform into a force for social good? The view from Chicago in 1970

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What good is religion? | Aeon
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Poverty and development

What good is religion?

International development has focused on material goods, but religion has an important role to play in human flourishing

Manini Sheker