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understanding people in their social worlds

Contexts Blog

More Oscars Diversity Won’t Solve Hollywood’s Whiteness Problem

Hollywood's homogenous pap has competition, just not at the Oscars. How cheap and bleak are better than white and bland when it comes to movie-making. Read More

Contexts quicklit: 8 Agenda-setting articles on the sociology of rape

The latest issue of Gender & Society sets a course for the sociology of rape. Read More

Discrimination against queer-perceived women

Results from a resume audit study show queer-perceived women are less likely to be called back for a job interview than their straight female counterparts. Read More

Academic hack heard round the world

It’s not that information does or doesn’t want to be free, but it is certainly the case that information travels very light. Read More

No, 96% of Black tenured faculty are not at HBCUs

Segregation among faculty is bad, but not that bad. Read More

A Gap Between Soc Classrooms and the Field

In general, I try to avoid sociology inside-baseball. I enjoy reading about the triple crisis in sociology as much as the next guy, but … Read More

Ask a Sociologist: Jennifer Lee on Naming Success

Ask a Sociologist: "I’m Asian. If I want my kids to get ahead in this country, should I change their Asian-sounding last name?" Read More

Who thinks sex with same-sex partners is “wrong”?

Fewer people say same-sex sex is "wrong," but substantial differences between groups remain. Read More

7 things maps tell us about neighborhoods

Sociologists can use mapping to describe communities and analyze relationships within them, painting a picture of how individuals interact with their neighborhoods and how those … Read More

Book gift ideas from the Contexts grad team

It’s the end of the year, and time for sociology grad students everywhere to buy last-minute gifts for their family and friends — who presumably love … Read More