How should we study social suffering?

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This commentary argues that intellectual fragmentation is not only bad for the study of poverty, prejudice and penalty; it is bad for the problems themselves. Considering new objects of analysis for research on inequality - that is, critically reconsidering what it is that we should be studying in the first place - is proposed as a viable preventative to academic parochialism and overspecialization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1761-1766
Number of pages6
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number10
StatePublished - Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • overspecialization
  • philosophy of science
  • poverty
  • punishment
  • racial inequality
  • social suffering


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