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Poisoned Halloween Candy: Sociological Debunking

This time of year, it’s always worth revisiting Norton Sociology’s excellent short interview between Karen Sternheimer and Joel Best — five minutes on moral panic, … Read More

Of Pigs and Public Sociology

In 2013 and 2017, I was elected as a Council member in Leechburg, a town of about 2,000 residents. My platform included using the … Read More

Which College Students Are More Permissive about Sex? Differences by Social Class Background and Educational Aspirations

According to a recent study of college students by Elizabeth A. Armstrong and colleagues, some young women from working class backgrounds see their affluent … Read More

Video: Activism and the Academy with Cornel West and Janice McCabe

In the summer issue of Contexts, we published a condensed Q&A drawn from Janice McCabe’s interview with Cornel West. To help power us into the … Read More

Are Karl Marx’s Claims Accurate? Partially.

This year marks the 200th birthday of Karl Marx. Activists continue to evoke his name in their struggles, academics continue to engage with his work … Read More

Racial Reckoning and White Empathy: Lessons from My Mother

When you spend a good deal of time with a person as they make their way from this world to the next, you are bound … Read More

Contexts Symposium: After Charlottesville, Part Two

Editors’ Note: In observance of the first anniversary of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Contexts is republishing our collection of essays written in … Read More

After Charlottesville: A Contexts Symposium

Editors’ Note: In observance of the first anniversary of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Contexts is republishing our collection of essays written in … Read More

Do Immigrants Have More Conservative Sexual Attitudes Than Other College Students?

Sociologists have long been interested in immigrant assimilation. They have usually focused on how well immigrants are able to learn English, earn educational degrees, find … Read More

“Freedom”: A Call for Papers

Structure and freedom are inevitably linked. Social structures may shift, leading to new possibilities for action. Barriers and constraints may disappear, encouraging people … Read More