Contexts

sociology for the public

In Brief

News and notes.

Rocking the Vote

by Jennifer JohnsonWhen a Gallup poll showed a sharp drop in the number of 18- to 29-year-olds who said … Read More

Like a Hurricane – but Worse

The storm known as Sandy was called a “superstorm,” a “Frankenstorm,” “the perfect storm.” It was indeed impressive, with a wind span of about 1,000 … Read More

Occupy Hong Kong

Photo by Daniel Garrett Occupy Hong Kong was China’s contribution to the global Occupy movement. Launched in mid-October 2011, … Read More

Rage Against The Refs

by Amanda LanzoneWhen people watch football, they tend to focus on their favorite team. But this season the NFL … Read More

Foreclosing on Black Communities

While the economy is showing signs of slow recovery, foreclosures continue to decimate American cities. Six million families have already lost their homes, and the … Read More

Punk Politics

Photo by Maïté AbramLast February, police escorted Russian punk band Pussy Riot out of a Moscow church after they performed a “punk prayer” that … Read More

Mind Which Gap?

Since the early nineteenth century, social reformers have been concerned with how different groups fare in school. In the … Read More

Pay-to-Play Journals

Many college professors now regularly receive emails soliciting submissions to new journals, with names such as The Journal of … Read More

Science Skeptics

In the summer of 1925, John T. Scopes appeared before the Tennessee Court, challenging the ban on teaching evolution … Read More

Go to Harvard–Free

Students now have the opportunity to attend Harvard—without playing the high-stakes admissions game, or even paying a cent. In May 2012, Harvard and MIT, … Read More