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From the Editors

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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

Sociology and Politics

With 2008 being an election year, we weren’t surprised to receive a number of wonderful contributions on politics. Several of those were exceptional, and … Read More

Taking Contexts Online

The Contexts vision is—as it has been since the beginning in 2001—to translate great sociology into an accessible format for both academic and public audiences. Read More

Our Goals

Since it debuted in 2002, we’ve seen Contexts as one of the most ambitious, exciting, and downright important publications in the American Sociological Association portfolio. Read More