Contexts

sociology for the public

From the Editors

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

Masculinity in Many Forms

Weekend warriors in suburban basements, basketball stars who are also ethnic icons, ex-cons on the streets of New York—masculinity comes in many forms. While we … Read More

Meet Our Department Editors

Viewpoints Syed Ali studies emigration and assimilation, has done fieldwork in Hyderabad, India, New York City, and Dubai, and is the author of Dubai: Gilded … Read More

Clear Thinking in a Topsy-Turvy World

Weather patterns change, national borders blur, and violence makes its way into normally placid classrooms. Spring has turned rapidly to winter in the Arab world, … Read More

The Kids Are Not Alright

The kids, it turns out, are not alright. In our cover article, Born Amid Bullets, Javier Auyero takes us to a barrio outside of … Read More

Higher Education, Inc

Most Americans believe that a university education is a ticket to equality, opportunity, and democratic participation. But as a nation we’ve never adequately addressed … Read More

Writing for Your Favorite Aunt

C. Wright Mills once said that anyone who writes in a widely intelligible way is liable to be condemned as a “mere literary“ critic or, … Read More

Intimate Inequalities

Sociologist Ken Plummer coined the phrase “intimate inequalities” to capture the ways disparities of power and income invade even the most personal aspects of our … Read More

Meet the New Department Editors

In Pictures Katie Hyde likes taking pictures but is more inspired by what kids can do with cameras. For … Read More

We’ve Gone Bi-Coastal

We’ve gone bi-coastal. In September Contexts’ editorial offices moved to Seattle and New Jersey. We now hold weekly meetings via Skype and rely on rapid-fire … Read More

Naked Dreams

We’ve all had some variant of the “naked dream”—you’re waiting in line at Starbucks or checking the copy machine at work when it dawns on … Read More