Contexts

understanding people in their social worlds

In Brief

News and notes.

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

Young, Relentless Feminism

Youth activists emphasize that their feminism has no limits. It is intrinsically linked to the entirety of their lives. Read More

Parental Parties

Children have self-determining agency, and parents may not hold as much responsibility for their children’s beliefs as previously thought. Read More