Contexts

understanding people in their social worlds

From the Editors

What's going on in this issue. What's going on in the world.

Ideals and Reality

We were a little envious when friends in the publishing world recently quoted Men’s Health magazine’s spectacular circulation figures to us. And when we picked … Read More

Grounded Thought

At the end of Voltaire’s great satire of the Enlightenment, his erstwhile “hero” Candide asks his profoundly naïve and misguided teacher, Pangloss, whether he still … Read More

The Dialectic of the Tuxedo and the Blue Jeans

A great friend of Contexts, Rubén Rumbaut, pointed out at our annual board meeting that our editorship is animated by “the dialectic of the tuxedo … Read More

On Editing

Great writing is indispensable for all of social science, but especially so for Contexts. This issue features examples like Evelyn Bush’s careful reading … Read More

The Sociologist’s Non-Sociologists

A little over a year ago, our Minnesota graduate student editorial board began discussing a project to better understand and promote Contexts’ mission of … Read More

Science and Accessibility

Contexts is an accessible, science-based sociology magazine. But there’s a huge difference between accessible sociology and fluff. As editors, our task is to simultaneously deepen … Read More

The Future of Contexts

Now is a critical time for Contexts. We are quickly approaching the end of the 10-year plan the American Sociological Association (ASA) used … Read More

Sociology and Socialism

In the short time we’ve held the editorial reins, we’ve taken every opportunity to talk up Contexts, civic engagement, and public sociology. Some … Read More

Cheerleaders For Social Facts

When a cheerleading catalog recently showed up in our mailbox, we snickered a bit before owning up to our similar role at Contexts. Like … Read More

Spreading the Contexts Gospel

Letters. We get letters—or, actually, emails and voicemails and blog posts. Some can be a bit edgy, others are insightful and often amusing. Read More