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Remembering Sinikka Elliott

Sinikka Elliott (Photo Source: UBC Department Profile) It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing … Read More

Varsity Blues and Lawsuits, Too

A seemingly continuous stream of news about college admissions has flowed across the airwaves in the past several months. Multiple lawsuits against race-conscious admissions policies … Read More

Poisoned Halloween Candy: Sociological Debunking

This time of year, it’s always worth revisiting Norton Sociology’s excellent short interview between Karen Sternheimer and Joel Best — five minutes on moral panic, … Read More

Contexts Symposium: After Charlottesville, Part Two

Editors’ Note: In observance of the first anniversary of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia,¬†Contexts is republishing our collection of essays written in … Read More

After Charlottesville: A Contexts Symposium

Editors’ Note: In observance of the first anniversary of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia,¬†Contexts is republishing our collection of essays written in … Read More

“Freedom”: A Call for Papers

Structure and freedom are inevitably linked. Social structures may shift, leading to new possibilities for action. Barriers and constraints may disappear, encouraging people … Read More

Contexts Hall of Fame Award

Contexts is a labor of love, not just for the editors, but for our writers, editorial board members, and everyone else involved. There … 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

how to do ethnography right

Ethnographies are works of deep research based on in-depth, open-ended interviews and keen observations of how people go about their lives in different contexts. Researchers … Read More