Contexts

understanding people in their social worlds

From the Editors

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

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

Real People Problems

“What’s the Matter with Sociology?” This provocative question is posed as the title of a recent review essay in Slate by Sudhir Venkatesh, author of … Read More

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