Contexts

understanding people in their social worlds

In Brief

News and notes.

Darker Skin, Harsher Sentence

A wealth of sociological research documents how Blacks are disadvantaged by the criminal justice system, from higher likelihood of being stopped by police to much … Read More

Maybe government could actually work

Lately, American government has defaulted to gridlock. Government shut-downs are a routine response to deep conflict, and in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Antonin … Read More

Call Your Mom

Maybe you’ve heard on Facebook that “You never know how much your parents love you until you have a child to love.” This feel-good meme … Read More

Murder Mystery

In a recent American Sociological Review piece, Michael Light and Jeffrey Ulmer analyze homicide deaths between 1989 and 2010 to examine the determinants of … Read More

Expressing Depression

There are clear health disparities between Black and white Americans across many indicators, including mortality, disease, health behaviors, and self-rated health, but things are murkier … Read More

Career plans aren’t family plans

Why is there such persistent gender segregation in jobs in the U.S. labor force? One popular explanation is that women choose “family-friendly” occupations in order … Read More

Middle-Class Moms Managing Black Sons’ Vulnerability

Amidst the public outcry over young African-American men being killed by law enforcement, White House initiatives such as My Brother’s Keeper, and activism around Black … Read More

How the Young Weigh Weight

Obesity is associated with a number of health problems, but even as obesity has become more common, the average level of self-rated health among U.S. Read More

Work History and Hiring

American workers are increasingly employed in jobs that are temporary, part-time, or mismatched with their education and skills. Despite this trend, little is known about … Read More

Did Baby Boomers Opt Out Or Lean In?

Among Boomers, a great number were not forced to opt out of working due to family or health constraints. Read More