Becoming 'Indigenous': German Fascination with North American Indians

By Laura R. Graham and H. Glenn Penny

Examining why German hobbyists study and even try to emulate North American Indians through scholarly essays.

Student Achievement and the American Education System

By Susan Engel

As schools continue to measure student achievement by measuring marketable skills for monetary success, they have let some activities that lead to healthful child development fall to the wayside.

Devastated Families: Life Without Incarcerated Parents

By Maya Schenwar

How the family of an incarcerated parent had to endure stigma from friends and the community and plunged deeper into financial despair.

Utne Reader Bookshelf: Community

A selection of books that pique our interest.


Carbon-Free Commute in the Sky: Can London Finally be Safe for Cyclists?

by Lindsey Kennedy

The concept of a bicycle-only expressway sounds like a cyclist’s futuristic daydream, but a team in London hopes to make a real-life network of elevated bike paths in a city notorious for dangerous cycling conditions.

Latino Populations and Crime in America

By Idelisse Malavé and Esti Giordani

These statistics provide a look at how crime affects Latino populations in the United States.

Solutions for a More Walkable America

By Jay Walljasper

The walking movement is gaining steam as organizations spread the word about the positive benefits of being on our feet.

Authentic Happiness in a Consumer Culture

By Annie Leonard, ed. Sarah van Gelder

Explore the meaning of real happiness rather than the empty happiness produced by a consumer culture that devalues interpersonal relationships in favor of "stuff" and leaves the earth broken and full of trash.