We’re back! This week we share new research on how CPS assistance expands surveillance of marginalized families, and share a post from The Conversation on the limits of empathy for bridging political divides.


“How CPS Assistance Expands Surveillance of Marginalized Families” by Mahala Miller. New research shows that CPS resources prompt administrators to report families, even if they don’t believe abuse has occurred, expanding surveillance into the homes of many poor and/or families of color.

Special Features:

Bridging America’s Divides Requires a Willingness to Work Together Without Becoming Friends First” by Francesca Polleta. We repost this piece from The Conversation that considers how a willingness to tolerate and cooperate with others is more important than empathy for working together amid political disagreement and crisis.

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“Are Google Searches Different in States with More Trump Supporters? A Look at Searches About Gender, Race, and Sexuality” by Elizabeth Balzac, Paula England, and Andrew Levine.

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“Is Knowing Half the Battle?” by Evan Stewart.

Council on Contemporary Families:

“A Pandemic Home Tour, Part I: Identities and Intimate Interactions in Bedrooms and Home Offices” by Michelle Janning.

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