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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).

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Working Class Growing Pains

For many young people today, coming of age means learning to stand on one’s own. Keep Reading...

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Current Issue: Spring 2014

This issue examines taken-for-granted eternal truths that appear to be slipping away: that a college degree is a ticket to decent work, that working hard and being a loyal employee pays off, and that marriage marks one’s entry into adulthood. Also featured: Viewpoints on sexual assault policies, a closer look at “Open Access,” and an exploration of race and class inequality, Brazilian style.

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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…

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