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Winter 2015 Table of Contents

Well, gosh! First day out with our first issue in the new site design, and we figured out the “one big thing” we forgot: an … Read More

Write like you mean it!

Simply, and with nuance and complexity. Simple does not have to be simplistic. Read More

Sociological (de)motivation

Anyone can provide cheap motivation or simple cynicism, but sociology really takes it to that next level. Read More

Sociology unfound

The economist Justin Wolfers, writing for the New York Times Upshot, reports that economists increasingly outnumber other social scientists in mentions in the both the Times and — … Read More

The Whiteness of Oscar Night

In 2001, African American actors Denzel Washington and Halle Berry took home Academy Awards for Best Actor (Training Day) and Best Actress (Monster’s Ball), respectively. Read More

So you want to write for Contexts?

Photo by Matt Hampel from Flickr Creative Commons. So you want to write for Contexts, the sociology mag for the masses? Excellent! We would … Read More

What Percent of College Women are Sexually Assaulted in College?

A spotlight is now on sexual assault in college, as college administrators, students, parents, activists, the media, and federal educational regulators all grapple with the … Read More

The Shame Game: New York City Cops’ Union and Power Politics

Wenjian Liu’s funeral marked the fourth time the New York Policemen’s Benevolent Association—the cops’ union—turned their backs on NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio. It likely won’t … Read More

Hookups, sex, and relationships at college

What is going on in today’s heterosexual college scene, which features both casual “hookups” and exclusive relationships?  How does gender structure students’ experiences? We’ll give … Read More

"I Can Breathe," and the Occasional Fear of Covering Protests

Last night, I shot the above picture, which went far more viral than anything I’ve ever posted to Twitter. I shot it while … Read More