Culture of American Families and Overprotected Kids

Atlantic-magazine-blogInstitute Alumni Fellow and Culture of American Families Project researcher Jeffrey Dill has used data from that three-year study in a new piece on American parenting. Responding to Hanna Rosin’s cover article for The Atlantic on overprotected children, Dill argues that “[c]hildren’s worlds are both contracting and moving indoors.” The irony Dill finds is that “parents today both lament a world gone by and actively participate in the construction of a new world of constant monitoring and control.” Read Dill’s full piece, “The Irony of the Overprotected Child,” here.

The Infernal Machine on The Dish

channel_mastheadThe Hedgehog Review‘s blog The Infernal Machine is currently featured on Andrew Sullivan’s The DishSullivan says that Institute Faculty Chad Wellmon‘s piece “The New Heresy” deepens an ongoing debate about literary criticism by arguing “that our discomfort with the digital humanities stems from literature having taken on an almost religious quality.” Read Sullivan’s post here, and find Wellmon’s piece here.

James Mumford on Welfare Reform

resize coverInstitute Postdoctoral Fellow James Mumford has a new piece in the April 2014 issue of Standpoint magazine. In “The Turbulent Minister is Right” Mumford argues for the indispensability of universal credit, a feature of British anti-poverty programs that our own Paul Ryan suggested as a potential alternative to the way aid is currently extended to low income Americans (more details are in Ryan’s report “The War on Poverty: 50 Years Later“). Read Mumford’s full piece here.

Tony Lin in The American Scholar

Winter2014_web-180x261Institute Research Scholar Tony Lin‘s letter to the editor appears in The American Scholar‘s Spring 2014 issue. Lin responds to Jim Hinch’s article “Where are the People?” and takes issue with Hinch’s assertion that Robert Shuller’s Crystal Cathedral was an evangelical church. “If anything, the fall of the Crystal Cathedral represents the decline of [the "positive thinking"] branch of mainline Protestantism.” Read the full piece here.