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CURE affiliated scholar Joan Maya Mazelis explores sustainable ties among the poor in Philadelphia-based organization

Love Statue in Philadelphia

As Joan Maya Mazelis explains, researchers have long agreed that social ties matter.

Studies document two common realities for the poor – either they rely on a dense network of closely connected and supportive kin or, in the absence of such a network, establish fleeting, disposable ties with strangers, says the assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers University–Camden.

However, Mazelis argues, she has found evidence of yet another “in-between” category of support through social ties, a type of non-kin social tie with greater longevity than disposable ties. These bonds are based on a mutual understanding of support, often take on familial roles, and function according to set norms of reciprocity.

October 124, 2012 / Faculty and Staff Portraits / Photo by Bob Laramie

The researcher discovered the nature and depth of these sustainable ties through a comprehensive study on the Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU), an organization based in the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington. Mazelis documents her findings in a chapter titled “Social Ties Among the Poor in a Neoliberal Capitalist Society,”in the forthcoming Handbook of Poverty in the United States from Routledge Press. She is currently writing a book manuscript as well, titled Our Strength is in Our Unity: Sustainable Ties Among the Poor.

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CURE affiliated scholar Daniel Hart quoted in newspaper article regarding NJ teacher evaluations

Dr. Daniel Hart (professor II, CFAS-psychology and childhood studies and director, Institute for Effective Education) offered expert perspective on the potential impact of new teaching standards upon New Jersey educators during an interview that appeared in this front-page news story.

CURE affiliated scholar Dr. Howard Gillette authored opinion article: “Piping politics into the Pinelands Commission”

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CURE affiliated scholar Okulicz-Kozaryn’s research quoted in Forbes article

Why Americans Don’t Like Vacations…Or Work

The governments of Germany, Australia and Japan require employers to offer four weeks or more of paid vacation to workers. This is according to a study by the human resources consulting firm Mercer. Finland, Brazil and France, on the other hand guarantee six weeks off.

Are you jealous yet? Or, are you secretly thinking there are a bunch of slackers out there in the world?  Who needs that much time on a beach, right?

A study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies reveals that working more makes Americans happier than it does Europeans. The study’s author, Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn, an assistant professor at Rutgers University-Camden says, “Americans maximize their… [happiness] by working, and Europeans maximize their [happiness] through leisure.”

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Center director Paul Jargowsky speaks at National Superintendents Roundtable in Chicago July 12, 2014

Childhood Poverty and Funding Inequities – Chicago – July 11-13

© 1999 EyeWire, Inc.July will find the Roundtable in Chicago to examine poverty and funding inequities. After being ignored for a decade or more in policy discussions about schools, poverty is again back in the national spotlight. Join experts from organizations such as the Southern Education Foundation, the Economic Justice Institute, and Stanford to discuss the extent of poverty among school children, funding inequities, and research correlating in- and out-of-school factors related to learning.

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Public Affairs Ph.D. candidate receives support from CURE to access PSID restricted data

Public housing was a common feature in urban areas across America. Many poor people that lived in these large, high-rise developments called these places home.  Still, in terms of housing assistance programs, many issues concerning mobility are still unanswered.  PrentissPrentiss Dantzler, a doctoral candidate in the public affairs program, seeks to understand the dynamics of public housing and mobility.  Under the supervision of Paul Jargowsky, Ph.D. and the support of the Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE), Dantzler has just received approval from the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor for access to restricted data files from the Panel Survey of Income Dynamics (PSID).  Dantzler will use the PSID in his dissertation to analyze individual characteristics, local economic and housing conditions, and neighborhood social environments in relation to public housing exits.  Dantzler is currently attending a summer research workshop at the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan supported through the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers-Camden.