About Contexts

    Contexts is a quarterly magazine that makes cutting-edge social research accessible to general readers. We're the public face of sociology.

    It is a publication of the American Sociological Association, edited by Arlene Stein (Rutgers) and Jodi O’Brien (Seattle University) through Fall 2014. Starting with the Winter 2015 issue, it will be edited by Syed Ali (Long Island University) and Philip Cohen (University of Maryland).

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    Eating Military Base Stew

    Traveling to Korea and tasting the stew of her nightmares leads the author to reassess the tangled history of Korea and the United States—and her own family legacy. Keep Reading...


    Current Issue: Summer 2014

    In a special issue on food, we serve up tasty morsels on topics such as food deserts, urban rooftop gardens, gourmet burger joints, and competitive eating.

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    Individual and instutional subscriptions to Contexts are available through SAGE. Discounts are available for ASA members and students. More information…


    Contexts accepts proposals for full-length features as well as for our departments: mediations, photo essays, pedagogies, trends, and book reviews. Download our submission guidelines for details. More information…

    A compilation of more than 60 of our best articles.

    The Contexts Reader enables instructors to assign readings that are as accessible as a popular paperback, but as brief as a journal article, in one affordable anthology. Three-quarters of the articles were published in the last four years and are therefore new to the Second Edition.

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