You Are Not Alone: Pixels of Belonging Amid the Problem of Othering

On February, 8, 2017, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in Phoenix, Arizona, handcuffed thirty-five-year-old Guadalupe García de Rayos and locked her in a white van. The next morning, after removing a protester who’d tied himself to the van’s tire, officials deported Ms. Rayos to

Othering and the Economics of Inequality

The term “social inequality” encompasses the many ways in which members of society have unequal access to resources, opportunities, status, and protection. Income inequality is one dimension of social inequality. Over the past two decades, economists have made substantial progress in characterizing the nature of

Compelling Diagnosis, Unclear Prescription

No one familiar with john a. powell and Stephen Menendian would be surprised by the extraordinary scope and wisdom of their article, “The Problem of Othering: Towards Inclusiveness and Belonging.” Beginning with the statement that “[t]he problem of the twenty-first century is the problem of

Racism and the Narrative of Biological Inevitability

As we approach the conclusion of the Obama presidency, it is ironic to think that it is bookended by two very different narratives around race. On the 2008 end, there were pronouncements of a “postracial” America, where the election of a black man to the

Trump, The Tea Party, The Republicans and the Other

In the spring of 2015 it looked as if the 2016 Republican primary season was going to be a near replay of 2012. In 2012 the campaign drama emanated from the Republican civil war: the party’s “establishment” versus its insurgent Tea Party wing. Tea Party

Migration, Austerity, and Crisis at the Periphery of Europe

Introduction Over the past five years, two key social justice questions have emerged in the European Union. On one hand, as a result of the Eurozone crisis and related austerity measures, poverty and inequality have dramatically increased in southern Europe. On the other hand, the