Contexts

understanding people in their social worlds

Contexts Blog

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

The case for seeing your Trump-voting family this holiday season

Three members of my immediate family voted for Trump. Then we had the talk. Read More

Trumped

The election of Donald Trump as the most powerful man on the planet was bad news for sociologists in at least three important … Read More