Winter 2014

Volume 13, Issue 1

This issue examines the promise and possibilities of cities: from Philadelphia’s Seventh Ward to the suburbs of Chicago, we explore race, transportation policy, homeownership, and gentrification. Also: viewpoints on human trafficking, an interview with Budapest’s sociologist mayor, and some help with the jargon of labeling gender and sexuality.


Black Philly After The Philadelphia Negro

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When W. E. B. Du Bois documented the struggles of residents of the Seventh Ward, he helped transform black Americans into a force for progressive social change.

Challenging Motorism In New York City

This densely populated metropolis is trying to give up the driver’s seat—and change the way we design cities.

When Property Values Rule

Homeownership may increase civic participation, but does it silence diverse voices in the process?

We Are Family

Queer Latinas are creating intimate ties that keep their families of origin in the mix.

The Problem With Fair Trade Coffee

When fair trade movement values clash with the profit-driven fair trade market, what’s a socially conscious consumer to do?


From the Editors

The Promise and Possibilities of Cities

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In Brief

The Lone Wolf Terrorist


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Opera’s Last Act

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The Feminization of Foreclosure

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The New Workplayce

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Fashioning Flawlessness

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Kidneys and Kin

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Bitter Ironies of History

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Selling People

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Survival of the Fastest?

Hollywood Sperm Donors

In Pictures

Allah In China


C-Section Epidemic

Privatization and Racial Inequality

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The Poverty of Policy


Rethinking Wikipedia For The Classroom


I Gentrify Bed-Stuy