The Social Distance Between Us

If the virus brought one thing into focus, it was surely that 'social distancing' – that is, the vast ravine of social experience between those who hold power and influence and those on the receiving end of their decisions – brought ...

Author: Darren McGarvey

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473566819

Category: Social Science

Page: 278

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*A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK* 'An Orwell for today's poor' - The Times 'This is McGarvey at his best' - Observer 'Breaks your heart and boils your blood' - Big Issue If all the best people are in all the top jobs, then why is Britain such a fucking bin fire? Britain is in a long-distance relationship with reality. A ravine cuts through it, partitioning the powerful from the powerless, the vocal from the voiceless, the fortunate from those too often forgotten. This distance dictates how we identify and relate to society's biggest issues - from homelessness and poverty to policing and overrun prisons - ultimately determining how, and whether, we strive to resolve them. So why, for generations, has a select group of people with very limited experience of social inequality been charged with discussing and debating it? I've sat on cold pavements with beggars, asking them why they would rather wander the streets than live in supported accommodation. I've pleaded with alcoholics to give sobriety one last shot before they end up dead - and read their obituaries in the paper weeks later. I've sat with youth workers at their wits' end as diversionary services are cut amid a surge in gang and knife violence. Too many people remain so far from this nightmarish social reality that even when they would earnestly wish to bring about change, they don't know where to start. So start here. Praise for Darren McGarvey: 'The standout, authentic voice of a generation' Herald 'Utterly compelling' Ian Rankin, New Statesman 'Brilliant' Russell Brand 'An absolutely fascinating individual' Owen Jones 'Offer[s] an antidote to populist anger that transcends left and right... articulate and emotional' Financial Times 'McGarvey is a rarity: a working-class writer who has fought to make the middle-class world hear what he has to say' Nick Cohen, Guardian

The Distance Between Us

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Author: Reyna Grande

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451661770

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 325

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Traces the author's experiences as an illegal child immigrant, describing her father's violent alcoholism, her efforts to obtain a higher education, and the inspiration of Latina authors.

Ethics and Animals

When I interact directly with someone—without intermediaries—and when I do so frequently, the social distance between us (other things being equal) is less than it would be if the interactions were indirect and infrequent.

Author: Harlan B. Miller

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461256232

Category: Medical

Page: 400

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This volume is a collection of essays concerned with the morality of hu man treatment of nonhuman animals. The contributors take very different approaches to their topics and come to widely divergent conclusions. The goal of the volume as a whole is to shed a brighter light upon an aspect of human life-our relations with the other animals-that has recently seen a great increase in interest and in the generation of heat. The discussions and debates contained herein are addressed by the contributors to each other, to the general public, and to the academic world, especially the biological, philosophical, and political parts of that world. The essays are organized into eight sections by topics, each sec tion beginning with a brief introduction linking the papers and the sec tions to one another. There is also a general introduction and an Epilog that suggests alternate possible ways of organizing the material. The first two sections are concerned with the place of animals in the human world: Section I with the ways humans view animals in literature, philosophy, and other parts of human culture, and Section II with the place of animals in human legal and moral community. The next three sections concern comparisons between human and nonhuman animals: Section III on the rights and wrongs of killing, Section IV on the humanity of animals and the animality of humans, and Section V on questions of the conflict of human and animal interests.

The Forgotten Men

Gender, age, education, socioeconomic status, health, and quality of life placed us on opposite sides of life. At various points, the social distance between us surfaced in the interviews. For example, when describing how the burial ...

Author: Margaret E. Leigey

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813569494

Category: Law

Page: 242

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Today there are approximately fifty thousand prisoners in American prisons serving life without parole, having been found guilty of crimes ranging from murder and rape to burglary, carjacking, and drug offences. In The Forgotten Men, criminologist Margaret E. Leigey provides an insightful account of a group of aging inmates imprisoned for at least twenty years, with virtually no chance of release. These men make up one of the most marginalized segments of the contemporary U.S. prison population. Considered too dangerous for rehabilitation, ignored by prison administrators, and overlooked by courts disinclined to review such sentences, these prisoners grow increasingly cut off from family and the outside world. Drawing on in-depth interviews with twenty-five such prisoners, Leigey gives voice to these extremely marginalized inmates and offers a look at how they struggle to cope. She reveals, for instance, that the men believe that permanent incarceration is as inhumane as capital punishment, calling life without parole “the hard death penalty.” Indeed, after serving two decades in prison, some wished that they had received the death penalty instead. Leigey also recounts the ways in which the prisoners attempt to construct meaningful lives inside the bleak environment where they will almost certainly live out their lives. Every state in the union (except Alaska) has the life-without-parole sentencing option, despite its controversial nature and its staggering cost to the taxpayer. The Forgotten Men provides a much-needed analysis of the policies behind life-without-parole sentencing, arguing that such sentences are overused and lead to serious financial and ethical dilemmas.

Against the Odds

A key factor , however , that led me to decide to interview the young men outside of school was the social distance that lay between us , given my social identity as a white man and theirs as African - American men .

Author: Jeremy Nicholas Price

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781567504965

Category: Education

Page: 239

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Expands our understanding of the complexities of the lives of African-American men.

The Space Between Us

By gathering people to the same location, these activities bridged the physical and social distance between individuals. The death of these organizations, according to Putnam, came, in large part, with the rise of television and its ...

Author: Ryan D. Enos

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108420648

Category: Political Science


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The Space Between Us brings the connection between geography, psychology, and politics to life. By going into the neighborhoods of real cities, Enos shows how our perceptions of racial, ethnic, and religious groups are intuitively shaped by where these groups live and interact daily. His accessible writing makes even the most rigorous of social science research widely appealing in this timely book.

Sociology Saves the Planet

Ethnographic research such as that by Ehrenreich and Desmond can give us a visceral sense for what early 20th-century sociologist Emory Bogardus referred to as the social distance between us and the people whom, though we live within ...

Author: Thomas Macias

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000511995

Category: Nature

Page: 194

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Highlighting how the environment and society are intrinsically linked, this book argues that environmental concerns need to be treated as a core concept in the study of sociology. Given its focus on inequality and the constituent elements of the social world, sociology has often been accused of negligence regarding the urgency of the world’s environmental crisis. Sociology Saves the Planet corrects this mis-perception by integrating the theme of environment and society to highlight the intrinsic value a sociological perspective brings to our understanding of the current ecological crisis. The author first draws out the origins of sociology in the social and ecological transformations of the industrial revolution. In accounting for the social upheavals of the 19th century, Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, and Max Weber all provided key insights into the changing nature of human organization and exploitation of the natural world. Second, readers will explore sociological perspectives developed since that time, grounded in evidence-based research, which highlight the inextricable connection between environment and society. Special attention is devoted to the dual role of people as producers and consumers in the modern context. Lastly, this book examines the significance of major categories of social difference regarding the current environmental crisis. In that regard the question of environmental justice is paramount, illuminating both the disproportionate benefit of natural resource exploitation to those countries and individuals with higher socioeconomic status, and the greater exposure to environmental hazard among those with less. Averting global calamity requires we recognize the unequal social impacts of the environmental crisis while valorizing inclusivity and the diversity of human experience in our search for solutions. Designed for introductory courses, this book is essential reading for sociology students and will be of interest to students and academics studying environment and sustainability more broadly.

Hostile Environments

Praise for Darren McGarvey: 'The standout, authentic voice of a generation' Herald 'Utterly compelling' Ian Rankin, New Statesman 'Brilliant' Russell Brand 'An absolutely fascinating individual' Owen Jones 'Offer[s] an antidote to populist ...

Author: Darren McGarvey

Publisher: Ebury Press

ISBN: 9781529104080

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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We live in hostile times. Trust in authority is at an all-time low, and public anger is high. But hostility isn't born: it's created. In this powerful polemic against the systematic inequalities in the UK, the Orwell Prize-winning author Darren McGarvey lifts the lid on public fury and the institutions that drive it, from austerity to populism. Meeting people across the UK whose lives have been destroyed by systems that have little to do with making life better for the 99%, he uncovers the truth about what's making us so angry - and explains how we can overcome it. Is there a safety-valve to depressurise society, or is it already too late? A shocking and heartbreaking account of the state of our nation, Hostile Environments is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the truth about modern Britain.

Who Is My Neighbor

The result is an experience of social distance between us and them . Understood in this way , " social distance ... [ refers to ] a subjective sense of being set apart from ( as opposed to being near to ) certain people " ( Vander ...

Author: James A. Vela-McConnell

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791443125

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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Points the way toward a world in which we might feel more connected to and responsible for each other.

The Social Psychology of Communication

Her study gives a very fine-tuned analysis of the visual and textual codes used in the media that turn indirect stigma into blatant stereotypes that produce social distance between 'us' and 'them' and demonise and dehumanise the ...

Author: D. Hook

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230297617

Category: Psychology

Page: 371

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This is the first comprehensive text on social psychological approaches to communication, providing an excellent introduction to theoretical perspectives, special topics, and applied areas and practice in communication. Bringing together scholars of international reputation, this book provides a unique contribution to the field.