Outclassed

Takers or Makers? How Americans Decide Who 'Deserves' a Safety Net

Takers or Makers? How Americans Decide Who 'Deserves' a Safety Net

Maia Szalavitz

CULTURE

Co-published with The Guardian. It’s about to get worse for those needing help as the Trump administration tightens access to all sorts of benefits.

Go Fund Yourself: Crowdfunding is Now an Essential Part of America's Safety Net

Go Fund Yourself: Crowdfunding is Now an Essential Part of America's Safety Net

Alissa Quart

FEATURES

Co-published with The Guardian. Local activists rely on crowdfunding sites to pay for basics – including school lunches.

What Americans Can Learn from British Class Guilt

What Americans Can Learn from British Class Guilt

Alissa Quart

FEATURES

Co-published with The GuardianAmerica is supposed to have greater social mobility. In the UK, everyone ostensibly has a rung but they are also trapped in that position. But these once-clear binaries are muddled

Why We're Psychologically Hardwired to Blame the Victim

Why We're Psychologically Hardwired to Blame the Victim

Maia Szalavitz

FEATURES

Co-published with The GuardianWe want the world to be fair: the good will be rewarded, the evil punished. As a result, we blame the victims of misfortune.

What's the Common Denominator Among Sexual Harassers? Too Often, It's Money

What's the Common Denominator Among Sexual Harassers? Too Often, It's Money

Alissa Quart

ESSAYS

Co-published with The GuardianThe greater the imbalance of income and power, the more opportunity there is to take advantage. As a result, many women feel trapped by their abusers.

Today's Political Uncertainty is Affecting Your Health

Today's Political Uncertainty is Affecting Your Health

Maia Szalavitz

FEATURES

Co-published with The GuardianAmericans are exposed to one of the most damaging sources of stress: uncertainty. The assault on our fundamental sense of security can make us sick.

Meet the New Class Traitors Who are Coming Out as Rich

Meet the New Class Traitors Who are Coming Out as Rich

Alissa Quart

FEATURES

Co-published with the GuardianFor many, talking about money, especially their own, is a social taboo. But now wealthy progressives are opening up about a system that is skewed in their favor

Our New TV Antiheroes Don’t Want to Fall Out of the Middle Class

Our New TV Antiheroes Don’t Want to Fall Out of the Middle Class

Alissa Quart 

FEATURES

Co-published with The GuardianShows like Ozark, Billions and Empire are a new kind of aspirational television, about a 1% that lives with impunity.

How Can We Teach Our Kids About Class?

How Can We Teach Our Kids About Class?

Alissa Quart

FEATURES

Co-published with The GuardianWealth and class are difficult topics to discuss – but as children grapple with inequality, it’s our job to address it.

Why Do We Think Poor People are Poor Because of Their Own Bad Choices?

Why Do We Think Poor People are Poor Because of Their Own Bad Choices?

Maia Szalavitz

FEATURES

Co-published with The GuardianIf an unexpected medical emergency bankrupts you, you view yourself as a victim of bad fortune – while seeing other bankruptcy court clients as spendthrifts. Why?

Faking 'Wokeness': How Advertising Targets Millennial Liberals for Profit

Faking 'Wokeness': How Advertising Targets Millennial Liberals for Profit

Alissa Quart

FEATURES

Co-published with The GuardianBanking on a coveted demographic that is increasingly in the bluest cities, brands are ‘trying to make their toilet paper save the world’.

Air Rage: Why Does Flying Make Us so Angry? Science Says it's About Class

Air Rage: Why Does Flying Make Us so Angry? Science Says it's About Class

Maia Szalavitz

FEATURES

Co-published with The GuardianRise in acts of plane-related violence shed light on something bigger: modern air travel is a perfect example of a situation in which human status is highly visible.