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Contexts Symposium: After Charlottesville, Part Two

And now, the Contexts’ editorial team presents the second set of essays in our symposium, “After Charlottesville.” For the first set of essays, please click … Read More

After Charlottesville: A Contexts Symposium

Thousands of sociologists were in Montreal for the annual American Sociological Association (ASA) conference when violence broke out between White supremacists intending to “Unite … 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

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

England QA

Contexts is facilitating a follow-up conversation in response to American Sociological Association President Paula England's Presidential Address. Read More

Contexts symposium: after marriage equality

The politics, demography, history, identity, law, and culture of where we are, how we got here, and what comes next. Read More

Gay Rights and National Vertigo

Since Massachusetts broke the barrier more than a decade ago, same-sex marriage has become legal in 37 US states. Simultaneously, so-called "religious freedom" laws have swept across 21 states, poking loopholes in existing state and local discrimination protections against LGBT individuals---if such protections exist at all. Read More