Review

Inequality: The Costs to Families

Social Inclusion
Frances Goldscheider, University Professor of Sociology, emerita, Brown University
How do economic problems affect family stability? The books reviewed tackle changes in gender roles at work and the instability generated by socioeconomic inequality.
Inequality: The Costs to Families

Review

The arts and the advancement of the economy and society

Culture
David Throsby, Professor of Economics, Macquarie University, Australia
What relationship exists between art and economics? We present two books that study the importance of creativity and innovation in the arts, as well as how art contributes to economic development.  
The arts and the advancement of the economy and society

Review

Actions against inequality for improving children's social opportunities

Social Inclusion Education
Dr. Michael Pratt, Psychology Department, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario

These two works analyse, from the angles of psychology and sociology respectively, the increase in social opportunities for underprivileged children. The first proposes acting on the environment and the second, on individual capabilities. 

Actions against inequality for improving children's social opportunities

Review

The dismal science of parenting

Education
Lucy Delap, University of Cambridge

How should we care for our children? The discipline of Amy Chua, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, contrasts with the experimental extravagances of Dalton Conley and his Parentology. However, the two share a competitive vision of childhood that focuses on social approval.

The dismal science of parenting

Review

The challenges of long-term care for the elderly in Europe

Social Inclusion
Gloria Fernández-Mayoralas, Group for Research in Ageing – Spanish National Research Council Institute of Economics, Geography and Demographics, Madrid.
How are the European welfare states facing up to the challenge of long-term care? From diverse viewpoints, the two books analyse and look at giving a response to the new challenges that have emerged.
The challenges of long-term care for the elderly in Europe

Review

Class is under your skin

Culture
Koen van Eijck, Erasmus University Rotterdam

High, middle or working class? Today’s society is demanding new categories. Based on the results of a survey carried out in the United Kingdom, Mike Savage goes beyond labels to explore how the concept of social class is evolving.

Class is under your skin

Review

Perspectives on cultural participation in Europe

Culture
Antonio Ariño Villarroya, University of Valencia

This book, reviewed for the Social Observatory of "la Caixa", aims to measure participation in cultural activities on a European level, as well as promote them to contribute to social inclusion and active citizenship.

Perspectives on cultural participation in Europe

Review

Changing the Conversation about Inequality

Social Inclusion
Pablo Beramendi, Duke University

Tackling growing inequality in income distribution and wealth is a social challenge that demands an innovative approach. Academic Anthony B. Atkinson proposes 15 actions that combine old policies with new instruments.

Changing the Conversation about Inequality

Review

Between complacency and a self-defeating dream

Culture
Ruth Towse, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom

The two books reviewed share concerns regarding the decline of the USA and show the problems facing the country. From different perspectives, both reach the same diagnosis regarding American society and the danger that threatens democracy.

Between complacency and a self-defeating dream

Review

The State and the Innovation Effort

Science
Melanie Smallman, University College, London

From an economic viewpoint, innovation is considered to be an engine of growth because of its capacity to generate wealth and employment, a focus that has gained prominence since the start of the financial crisis in 2008. This review by the “la Caixa” Social Observatory comments on two books that analyse this issue from very different perspectives. 

The State and the Innovation Effort

Review

The psychosociology of climate change

Science
Christian Oltra, Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology Research (CIEMAT) and Universitat de Barcelona.

Climate change is a very complex problem, and its possible solutions may not be a matter of true or false, but of better or worse. We review two books that talk about how this debate is ceasing to be a technical and rational question to become a question of values and lifestyles.

The psychosociology of climate change

Review

Science and the future

Science
Tessa Dunlop, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB)

How can we tackle living with uncertainty? We analyse two books that provide a critical view and a philosophical focus to try to help manage our expectations regarding the future and the tools that science offers us to try to predict it.

Science and the future

Review

Inequality in a converging world

Luis Guirola, PhD student in Political Science at Duke University

Inequality as a phenomenon can be studied from a local, global or international perspective. Branko Milanovic integrates these three points of view in order to reflect on the effect of globalisation within this inequality.

Inequality in a converging world

Review

Arriving in Rural Village Communities, Staying There or Leaving

Social Inclusion
Montserrat Soronellas Masdeu, Rovira i Virgili University

How should migration within the European context be studied? These two books, from the standpoints of gender and rurality, tackle a phenomenon previously studied above all in urban contexts with male protagonists. With these new perspectives, the scientific view offers extra depth to an issue of recent social importance.

Arriving in Rural Village Communities, Staying There or Leaving

Review

Towards More Inclusive Education: From Multiple Intelligences to a Passion for Learning

Education
Marta Seiz, Spanish National Research Council

Can education reduce social inequality? These two books, which talk to us about the theory of multiple intelligences and the importance of passion and perseverance, propose educational options for working in this direction.

Towards More Inclusive Education: From Multiple Intelligences to a Passion for Learning

Review

New ways of looking at poverty

Social Inclusion
Roger Senserrich,
Director of Communications at Connecticut Voices for Children
What do people living in poverty experience and what policies could help them? These two books aim to answer these two questions from opposing perspectives. Economics of Poverty adopts a theoretical and global focus, while Scarcity approaches the subject empirically and looks at specific cases.
New ways of looking at poverty