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Review Questions: The Superstrong Black Mother

The late Sinikka Elliott was a treasured colleague, here at the University of British Columbia, the new editorial home of Contexts, and around the world. Read More

Intellectual Humility

Intellectual humility is a call for people to read broadly, to seek out knowledge from the periphery and center it in their research, writing, and teaching. Read More

The Onus Is on Us—And It Shouldn’t Be.

Systemic inequality is buoyed by the idea that the underclass—whether they are women or a disadvantaged racial/ethnic group or economic class—holds the greatest responsibility for correcting inequalities. The problem of the underclass receiving the bill for solidarity applies basically anywhere we find a recognizable, lesser privileged group. Read More

We all play a part in creating mass shooters

Tom Driggers, cc The United States does not care for people’s lives and will forget about Uvalde and Highland … Read More

The Knowledge Polity: Teaching and Research in the Social Sciences

Pew Nguyen, Pexels cc A notable feature of academic life is its open-ended nature and the freedom to pursue … Read More

Euthanasia: A Threat to Disabled Lives

Many disabled or chronically ill people struggle with losing their autonomy and being dependent on others for their care.  … Read More

Sociology and the Racialized Moral Panic Over ‘CRT’

Over the past year and a half, politicians and media commentators have amplified a growing movement opposing education focused on racism and racial discrimination in … Read More

This is Our Time! Training Students to Fight Climate Change

Photo by Li-An Lim on Unsplash I teach many classes in environmental sociology and they are all … Read More

Place-based racial identities and shared futures

Photo by Timo Wielink on Unsplash The nation’s growing racial diversity received significant media attention following the … Read More

restaurant industry labor or wage shortages?

Photo by Kate Townsend on Unsplash As the country steadily recovers from the pandemic and businesses reopen … Read More