Contexts

sociology for the public

In Pictures

Nuanced, visual explorations of sociological themes.

Informality and Visibility on the Periphery

In her time as a researcher in Abdijan, Jordanna Matlon explored the African city’s peripheral economies and the men who make their livings and identities in these spaces. Read More

Matrimony

Based on ethnographic work, Greg Scott documents the institution of marriage amidst the difficulties of homelessness and drug addiction. Read More

The Social Life of Wireless Urban Spaces

The increasing use of wireless Internet access in public spaces has transformed the way that urban spaces are used and the types of interactions that take place there. Read More

Situating Memory in Argentina

I left the facility with a strong desire to wash my hands, perhaps to shed any trace of horror in my body. Yet as an … Read More

Literacy Through Photography

Artists, activists, and teachers around the world have put cameras into the hands of children, asking and allowing them to share their visions and stories. Read More

Seeing Switzerland: A Cross Cultural Conversation

Switzerland carries the burden of being everyone’s idealized landscape, speaking actually as well as metaphorically. It has the highest and most beautiful mountains in Europe; … Read More

The Urban Canvas

Cities serve practical, functional, symbolic, ritual, and ideological ends, all with an undeniable visual dimension. Therefore, the city can literally be looked at from different … Read More

Documenting Social Change

Around 1978 I began using photographs to study social change. Clearly not all social change is visible, but much of it is, especially … Read More

Photo Essay: Yes, We Have Some Bananas

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is one of the lesser known island nations in the Caribbean. However, it received international publicity when Disney chose, … Read More

The Lucky One

My parents adopted my brother Carl from Thailand six years before I was born. Read More