Contexts

understanding people in their social worlds

Contexts Blog

Shame, shame, shame

The author shows off her national pride at a daycare in Israel, 1996 There is truly something magical about … Read More

Raising the Visibility of Gender-nonconformists: A review of “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric”

The National Geographic film Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric is a narrative report from an on-going but seemingly somewhat successful revolution. And yet, … Read More

moonlight, trayvon, the oscars, and america’s fear of black boys

Two beautiful Black boys’ faces kept looking out at me from my social feeds last night: Trayvon Martin’s, whose vicious killing by George Zimmerman five … Read More

Women’s March: Big Tents Require Both/And

We won’t agree on everything, and that process of engaging with one another is what will lead to a strong movement and better outcomes. Read More

The Women’s March was only the beginning

It's going to be a long four years for the progressive movement. Read More

The day after: Women’s March on Washington

I have only a superficial understanding of how to use photography to both present information and communicate a subtext that supports my opinions, but I do my best. Read More

Trump’s America comes to Washington

Obviously I was in no frame of mind to do any kind of dispassionate analysis. Read More

Trump and the neglect of the working class

Working-class issues seem to have lost their salience, as if even American sociology was also telling them that they didn’t matter. Read More

Sociology teach-in on Trump at UC-Merced

Faculty organized a teach-in to address student questions, provide support, and encourage productive student engagement. Read More

faculty unions, don’t fold your winning hand!

Happy holidays! I’m going to tell you a Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festivus tale of the faculty union that could, almost did, but then ultimately didn’t. And what you … Read More