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Andrew Ross on the Anti-Debt Movement

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Andrew Ross is in the sociology department at New York University. He studies labor, urban studies, and environmental justice.
By now, it’s clear that in the United States and around the world, debt has come to shape people’s lives. Some use debt to get ahead, others buy debt to make a profit, and still others find their choices constrained by the weight of the debt they are dragging around. Andrew Ross, author of Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal is convinced that finances have become modern shackles and …Keep Reading
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Old Narratives and New Realities

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series: Has Borrowing Replaced Earning? Economic Decline and the American Dream Old Narratives and New Realities The simple narrative of who gets ahead in America is in serious trouble. Social scientists know that …Keep Reading
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Economic Decline and the American Dream

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series: Has Borrowing Replaced Earning? Economic Decline and the American Dream Old Narratives and New Realities  The 2008 – 2010 recession in the United States was the worst since the Great Depression of …Keep Reading
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Has Borrowing Replaced Earning?

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Deep Play and Flying Rats, with Colin Jerolmack

You can listen to the Office Hours interview with Colin Jerolmack here. “Pigeons are believed to be the first domesticated bird and perhaps one of the first domesticated animals—between five and ten thousand years ago. There’s a lot of things …Keep Reading