Summer 2012

    Volume 11, Issue 3

    Michael Schudson on what we know about Rosa Parks, Michael Kimmel on the role of chance, accident, and luck in research, and Jean Beaman on the North African middle class in France. This issue also features Viewpoints on Obama’s first term and features on sex entrepreneurs in China, marriage promotion advocates, and opera fanatics.


    Telling Stories about Rosa Parks

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    What we know about the civil rights pioneer—and why we’re often wrong about her.

    Rosa Parks, Strategic Activist

    Accompanying Michael Schudson's feature on Rosa Parks, Aldon Morris provides commentary to enhance our understanding of Rosa Parks and her activism.

    Sex Entrepreneurs in the New China

    Money boys and the contradictions of China’s breakneck economic transformation.

    Marriage Goes To School

    Can one learn how to be a good husband or wife? Marriage promotion advocates think so.

    Opera Thugs and Passionate Fandom

    From love at first sight to diligent study: what it takes to be a fanatic.

    But Madame, We Are French Also

    Being middle class, North African, and second generation in France.


    From the Editors

    Writing for Your Favorite Aunt

    In Brief

    From Private Pennies to Public Good

    Time Flies–When You’re Getting Older

    Gentlemen Prefer Stouts

    Attack of the Pink Slime

    To Be, Or Not To Be (Gay)


    The Politics of Broken Dreams

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    Judging Obama

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    The French Take Hollywood

    Small Town, Big Totem

    In Pictures



    Park(ing) Day

    The Rich and the Rest


    Immigrant Dreams

    Rethinking Sexual Violence

    Breakthrough Books: Race and Racism


    Teaching a Hip-Hop Ecology


    When History Intervenes