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Oral history and social justice plus more...

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Oral history and social justice

The #OHMATakeover of the OHR blog continues as Sara Loose explains her origins in oral history and how the skills and perspectives she gained at Columbia have influenced her career so far. Stay tuned to the OHR blog throughout the month of July for additional pieces from OHMA students and alumni, and come back in August for a return to our regularly scheduled program. For more from Columbia's oral history program, visit them online or follow their blog.

How did you become interested in oral...

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Masculinity, misogyny, and presidential image-making in the US and Russia

Masculinity is a characteristic that many people associate with political legitimacy; we expect politicians to be "strong" and to "protect" the country's citizens and national interests. Politicians (male and female) thus make an effort to demonstrate their strength and toughness on various issues. But masculinity can also be used as a tool to undermine the perceived legitimacy of opponents. This trope is exhibited in the politics of many states. We can see it in play in the current...

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Predicting exceptional performance at the Olympics in Rio: science or chance?

As every four years, we are now quickly approaching to the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. The Olympics are the biggest sports event in the world, followed by the FIFA World Cup in football and the Tour de France of cycling, with as many as two billion people tuning in at some point during the event. Throughout its relatively short history, the modern Olympics have increased from a 42-event competition with fewer than 250...

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Who are the middle class in India?

The idea and category of middle class is not new to India. It was in the early decades of the 19th century, during the British colonial period, that the term began to be used for a newly emergent group of people in urban centres, mostly in Calcutta, Bombay and Madras, three cities founded by the colonial masters. Over time, this middle class spread its presence to other urban centres of the subcontinent as well. After Independence, with development and expansion of Indian economy, the size of...

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Welfare states and the great unraveling

We appear to be on the verge of a great unraveling – a period in which the established arrangements of political and economic life are rapidly coming undone. And at heart of these events is the question of the welfare state and the security of working people in contemporary capitalism.

Many of us look on, incredulous, as one unimaginable event follows another. Last month's Brexit vote rocked the foundations not just of the European Union, but also of Great Britain, where the major parties...

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