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2009-12-29 09:00:00

EVANSTON, Ill., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- 2009 may well be remembered for its scandal-ridden headlines, from admissions of extramarital affairs by governors and senators, to corporate executives flying private jets while cutting employee benefits, and most recently, to a mysterious early morning car crash in Florida. The past year has been marked by a series of moral transgressions by powerful figures in political, business and celebrity circles. New research from the Kellogg School of...

2009-11-20 11:51:48

Barack Obama promised to halve poverty within ten years. His Republican opponent, John McCain, vowed to "make the eradication of poverty a top priority of the McCain Administration." Even in the current economic situation, in developed countries, this kind of rhetoric about cutting "poverty" is misleadingly outmoded"”because it implicitly suggests that government income transfers can be the vehicle for achieving substantial reductions in poverty. Almost all Americans already live far...

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2009-10-30 11:15:36

Researchers ponder whether Internet will produce more financially equal societies A new study reveals the important role inherited wealth plays in sustaining economic inequality in small scale societies. A team of 26 anthropologists, statisticians, and economists based at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico amassed an unprecedented data set allowing 43 estimates of a family's wealth inheritance and found that financial inequality among populations largely depends on the "technologies" that...

2009-10-29 16:50:29

The so-called "silver spoon" effect -- in which wealth is passed down from one generation to another -- is well established in some of the world's most ancient economies, according to an international study coordinated by a UC Davis anthropologist. The study, to be reported in the Oct. 30 issue of Science, expands economists' conventional focus on material riches, and looks at various kinds of wealth, such as hunting success, food sharing partners, and kinship networks. The team found that...

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2009-07-09 08:45:00

Decades of legislation have failed to reduce inequalities in the career prospects of many British workers according to a study by University of Manchester sociologists.The team at the University's ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change (CRESC) found that people in their 30s and 40s are just as, if not more likely, to suffer from inequalities as the equivalent generation of workers from the 1970s and 80s.In particular, there is more income inequality within the current cohort of...

2009-06-01 09:33:49

The income gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots" must be taken into account when considering the issue of food security across Asia, according to a report to be published in the International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology. Lily Kiminami, Professor in Regional, Rural and Development Economics in the Institute of Science and Technology, at Niigata University, Japan, explains that society at the regional, national and international level has a role to play in...

2009-05-13 11:10:30

Although low socio-economic status is associated with an increased liability to smoke, performing well at school can mitigate this effect. A new study, published in BioMed Central's open access International Journal for Equity in Health, has shown that high-achieving schoolchildren, even those from poor backgrounds, are less likely to smoke. Christina Schnohr led a team of researchers from the University of Copenhagen's Institute of Public Health who surveyed 20,399 schoolchildren from the...

2009-05-12 20:34:37

Poorer students who get average grades in school were found to have a lower risk of smoking, researchers in Denmark said. Study leader Christina Schnohr of the University of Copenhagen's Institute of Public Health and colleagues surveyed 20,399 schoolchildren from Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. The study, published in the International Journal for Equity in Health, confirmed that children from less well-off families are more likely to smoke, and are less likely to perform well...

2009-02-02 13:39:19

History abounds with examples of dramatic social change occurring when a disadvantaged group finally stands up and says "Enough!". By recognizing their inequalities, members of disadvantaged groups can mobilize and attempt to bring about change. Traditional methods of improving relations between different racial and ethnic groups have focused on creating harmony between those groups. For example, "contact theory" proposes that bringing members of opposing groups together by emphasizing the...

2009-01-22 22:18:11

Male mortality rose 42 percent from 1989 and 2002 in Russia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, London researchers said. Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge analyzed mortality rates of men ages 15-69 in post-communist countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union between 1989 and 2002. The researchers found that mass privatization programs were associated with a rise of 12.8 percent in...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'