sociology for the public


Interviews with fascinating people with interesting stories to tell.

Working for the G-Man

Four social scientists discuss how they moved from academia into the public sphere. Outlining their new duties, they discuss the opportunity to bring sociological insight and social science research to Washington. Read More

Pepper Schwartz and the Sociology of Sex

From her own memoir on dating between ages 55 and 60 to social networking, Pepper Schwartz discusses what we do and don’t know about sex … Read More

Glam Metal and Guilty Pleasures: Sailing Away with Chuck Klosterman and David Grazian

Writer and pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman talks with Contexts culture editor David Grazian about authenticity, celebrity, and the limits of interviewing as a means to understand others. Read More

Moving Out Of The (Generational) Ghetto

Intergenerational conversation, much less community, is hard to come by in the United States. Eric Utne, founder of the alternative magazine Utne Reader, explains how to bring all age groups closer together. Read More

The Internet Can’t Teach What The Social World Can

An avid blogger and author on race and media, Jessie Daniels’ recent work looks at how students react to websites of white supremacy groups. She … Read More

Nonprofits in Need

When housing collapses or failing businesses stand to ruin a community, nonprofits come to the rescue and in myriad ways temper the devastation. But what happens when the entire economy fails, taking with it the resources nonprofits depend upon to provide those services? According to the five sociologists Contexts turned to for answers, it means times will be harder than we might have expected, but the outcome not as devastating as we thought. Read More

What the Economy Holds for Higher Education

The provocative pieces on higher education appearing in this issue, led the Contexts editorial team to wonder about the impact of the current economic crisis … Read More

Teaching to Blog, Blogging to Teach

In a recent episode of the Contexts Podcast, we discussed the relationship between teaching, research and blogging with ThickCulture founder, Jose Marichal. Read More

'Natural Sociologist' Snags ASA Honor

The winner of the 2008 ASA Award for Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues is the prolific filmmaker Michael Apted. Within sociology he is … Read More

A Sociologist Dreams of a New America

The non-profit Center for a New American Dream encourages Americans to consume more responsibly. Its mission is grounded in a sociological perspective that Juliet Schor … Read More