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Nobelist David Card Made the Minimum Wage Respectable

This year’s Nobel Prize in economics has been awarded to Canadian -born but US-based economist David Card for his work with Alan Krueger in reversing the perception that raising the minimum wage inevitably reduces the number of jobs.

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Making Sense of Religion in America Through Critical Race Theory

As a scholar of religious studies, I frequently use critical race theory as a tool to better understand how religion operates in American society. While critical race theorists initially focused on how race has been embedded in our legal system, the theory can also help us think about how race is entrenched in religious institutions.

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With COVID and Climate Change Showing Social Science’s Value, Why Cut it Now?

What are the three biggest challenges Australia faces in the next five to ten years? What role will the social sciences play in resolving these challenges? The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia asked these questions in a discussion paper earlier this year. The backdrop to this review is cuts to social science disciplines around the country, with teaching taking priority over research.

2 months ago
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Let’s Do Research With First Nations Peoples, Not On Them

The authors of a new book on community-led research ask how to move research ‘done to’ and ‘on people’ towards ‘for and with people.’ It features both community and academic voices and reflects on research that foregrounds non-academic priorities.

3 months ago
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It’s a Mistake to Kill Critical Study of Religion

A general assumption is that if a scholar studies religion, then it can only be because they have motives that are only partly scholarly. This is untrue, but the long shadow of theology unhelpfully hangs over us.

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