Contexts

understanding people in their social worlds

Books

Sociological takes on recent news and research.

Edible Sociology

Thomas McNamee’s Alice Waters and Chez Panisse and Peter Kaminsky’s Pig Perfect haven’t received quite as much coverage as other recent food books. Read More

Writing To Be Read

Sociology has long been notorious for its use of jargon and impenetrable prose. Sociologists writing badly inspired the editor of Fowler’s Modern English Usage to … Read More

A Big Take On The World's "Little People"

Public attention directed toward the wealthy seems to take the form of intrigue about what they do. The impoverished, however, seem to attract attention for … Read More

Be Still And Know That I Am Bright

Daniel C. Dennet’s Breaking the Spell mixes a careful review of some excellent work with a poorly conceived and executed polemic. Slipshod in reviewing scholarship … Read More