Department seminar

Department Seminar: Dr. Nechumi Malovicki Yaffe, God, sex, and money among the ultra-Orthodox in Israel: An integrated sociocultural and evolutionary perspective

Location: 
Room 4326, Social Science
Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:15 to 15:45

God, sex, and money among the ultra-Orthodox in Israel: An integrated sociocultural and evolutionary perspective

 

Abstract

The origin of the tendency for men to value wealth more than women can be explained by both social role theory and evolutionary theory. We integrate these two perspectives to provide insight into a unique cultural context, the Jewish ultra-Orthodox community in Israel, where social roles are reversed, such that women are the primary breadwinners in the family.

Department seminar: David J. Samuels, "Why Inequality Does Not Undermine Democracy"

Location: 
Room 4326, Social Science
Wed, 30/05/2018 - 14:15 to 15:45

David J. Samuels, University of Minnesota

 

Why Inequality Does Not Undermine Democracy

Conventional wisdom holds that inequality undermines the quality of democracy.

This notion — that the principle of formal political equality cannot survive when a

concentration of economic resources grants power to the few at the expense of the

many — has instinctive appeal. Yet perhaps because it is so widely accepted, no one

has ever questioned the proposition’s theoretical foundations or its empirical veracity.