The journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies published a symposium (2015) on my book The Declining Significance of Race. And I had the opportunity to respond to several thoughtful reflections on the book thirty-seven years after its initial publication. The title “The Declining Significance of Race” lends itself to misinterpretation among those who have either not read the book or not read it carefully. For such readers the title conveys an optimistic view of American race relations and doesn’t reflect the book’s pessimistic tone about the conditions and future of poor blacks.... Read more about Reflections on Issues of Race and Class in 21st Century America
Why do some people live long lives, while others die prematurely? What does the accident of birth in one place rather than another tell us about how human-designed social institutions write the rules of life and death? Why are race, class, and gender stronger social determinants of health in some places and times, and weaker in other times and places? With seed-grant support from the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public health, Jason Beckfield has launched a new project that uses comparative sociology to answer these questions.... Read more about Death by Design: A Global Approach to Social Inequalities in Health
An analysis in The New York Times — “1.5 Million Missing Black Men” — showed that more than one in every six black men in the 24-to-54 age group has disappeared from civic life, mainly because they died young or are locked away in prison. See Forcing Black Men Out of Society (New York Times, Sunday Review, April 25, 2015) Photo by: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.