Monthly Archives: January 2013

Barnbidrag, lessons in financial management

One of the most popular social welfare policies in Sweden is the child allowance (barnbidrag).  This policy gives a good sense of how a universal welfare state works. The Swedish government makes a monthly payment of 1,050 SEK (160 USD) … Continue reading

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Over the past year or so I have noticed a significant decrease in the extent to which I suffer from jetlag. On my most recent arrival in Sweden (coming from the US), I seemed to have skipped the jetlag entirely … Continue reading

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Roiphe, In Praise of Messy Lives

A friend shared her copy of Roiphe´s book of essays, In Praise of Messy Lives. I was unacquainted with Roiphe, but it was the nature of the mentioning that intrigued me most. My friend said something along the lines of, “I’m … Continue reading

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My latest article

My article, Notes on a Cultural Sociology of Immigrant Incorporation, is hot off the presses (and soon to be re-pressed on account of some problems such as word #2). It is available for free download for a limited time: This … Continue reading

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Morning fruit

One of the best things about Montpelier, Vermont is the fact that I can walk into the State House to attend a bill hearing and, armed with an opinion and some data, help shape the way governance happens in Vermont. … Continue reading

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