Contexts

understanding people in their social worlds

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In-depth, analytical storytelling about how and why our world works the way it does.

Revisiting the Rationing of Medical Degrees in the United States

The first time Spencer applied to medical school, he sent applications to 28 colleges across the country. As a well-rounded graduate of an Ivy League … Read More

Friends with Academic Benefits

“Sometimes it’s a good thing to be like your friends, and sometimes it isn’t…. If they’re getting all As, of course I want to be … Read More

The King of Compton

Tick-a-Lott (the first dancer) performing along Hollywood Boulevard with other OG pop-lockers Straw Mann started the dance circle. As people backed up to clear space, … Read More

A Hand Up for Lower-Income Families

Welfare queens driving Cadillacs. Food stamp kings buying filet mignon. The stereotypes are rife. What if there was a way to support lower-income families without … Read More

Microscopic Hair Comparison and the Sociology of Science

Flawed forensics and overstated claims make scientific evidence tricky at trial. Read More

Digital Punishment’s Tangled Web

Online mugshots and crime reports comprise an emerging—and sticky—form of extralegal punishment. Read More

Six Lessons of Suicide Bombers

This article was published in 2007. Click below for the link to the article on the publisher’s website, ctx.sagepub.com. In … Read More

Not a Snowball’s Chance for Science

Ego networks and echo chambers mean politicians don’t cross the aisle until they’re ready to argue. Read More

Border-crossings in Literature and Sociology

Back in February, Philip Kasinitz organized a wonderful panel on crossing borders in literature and sociology at the Eastern Sociological Society meeting in New York City. He brought together four brilliant writers who engage in creative non-fiction and fiction: Suketu Mehta, Suki Kim, Teju Cole, and Andre Aciman. Read More

Bathroom Battlegrounds and Penis Panics

How transgender rights legislation got framed as “bathroom bills,” with seemingly everyone trying to mark their territory. Read More