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The Social Structure of Hugo Chávez

Most major news magazines have covered the dramatic processes of change—constitutional reforms, referenda, marches, protests, strikes, and a coup followed by a counter-coup—Venezuela has seen … Read More

Rethinking Crime and Immigration

As an online special, we’re making this article available in its entirety. You may choose to read either the html version or a PDF … Read More

Dying for a Cause—alone?

After September 11, 2001, dying for a cause became indelibly associated with suicide attacks, at least in North America and Europe. Another kind of politically … Read More

American Scholars Return to Studying Religion

The college campus has long been perceived as one of the most secular precincts of American society. Within the academy and mass media, the secularization … Read More

Religion and Spirituality Among Scientists

Scientists are assumed to attack the religious aspects of today’s biggest social issues because they are atheists and anti-religion. But we really know very little … Read More