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How To Fact-Check an Ethnography (or Anything Else)

Recent years have seen increased emphasis on fact-checking in journalism, politics, and academics. Ethnography presents a particular set of challenges that some scholars have … Read More

In Brief: Close to the Issue

Why would you support a protest? Ranging from socially disruptive to catalysts for change, our perceptions of protests and social movements are often … Read More

Book Bans Impact Students’ Worldviews

Do you remember the first book you read that changed your life? I do. It was Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. I was in an … Read More

Q&A with Jennifer Randles

Jennifer Randles, co-author along with Jennifer Sherman of the Winter 2023 feature article “Diaper Despair and Deflecting Inequalities,” tells us why she loves … Read More

A Display of White Ignorance in ICE’s COVID-19 Response

As sociologists who study race as it relates to immigrant detention, we see White ignorance as different from ignorance in the more general sense. In … Read More

Q&A with Lauren Crosser

Lauren Crosser is the author, along with Sarah Mayorga and Megan R. Underhill, of the feature article “Aisle Inequality” in the Winter 2023 issue … Read More

Q&A with Chiara Cooper

In her Winter 2023 article, “Heterosex on Campus: Laced with Double-Binds,” Chiara Elena Cooper’s interviews with race- and class-privileged college students reveal a web of … Read More

Fear of CPS: A Teaching Package

Above, co-author DeAnna Y. Smith, who penned the Winter 2023 feature “Child Removal Fears and Black Mothers’ Medical Decision-Making” with Alexus Roane, speaks with Contexts graduate … Read More

Contexts in the Classroom: Teaching Durkheim’s Suicide at UBC

Contexts articles are perfect for the classroom: rigorous, relevant, readable, and rad! In this video, Dr. Seth Abrutyn, Contexts co-editor, talks about using his … Read More

A Chat with Dr. Elizabeth Hirsh

What is Dr. Beth Hirsh’s favorite section of Contexts? The policy briefs, she says, are great because they put policymakers and scholars into conversation … Read More