Contexts

understanding people in their social worlds

Trends

Using data to help readers gain a new perspective on our world.

Park(ing) Day

Park(ing) Day has become an international phenomenom since its inception in 2005. Gretchen Coombs explains how this urban intervention questions the use of public space and reimagines how urban public spaces can be repurposed to benefit local communities. Read More

The Rich and the Rest

Using data from the General Social Survey, sociologist Thomas J. Linneman shows that conservatives and liberals increasingly differ regarding government action to reduce income inequality. Rich liberals support government action nearly as much as poor liberals, while among rich conservatives there is very little support for government action. Read More

Surf’s Up

Sociologist Raj Andrew Ghoshal explores accommodation-sharing networks and whether they provide travelers with more than just a free place to stay. Read More

Mounting Opposition to Vivisection

Justin R. Goodman, Casey A. Borch, and Elizabeth Cherry discuss public attitudes toward animal testing and its growing opposition. Read More

America’s Lost Generation

Sociologist Sangyoub Park discusses how the recession is affecting every aspect of American lives—especially those of young people. Read More

An Old Tool with New Promise

Sociologist Andrew M. Lindner explores the increasing popularity of the research tool of content analysis and how innovation has given rise to new opportunities and new concerns. Read More

Medicare and the Lessons of History

Author Stephen Steinberg revisits his own 1964 data to consider how and when Medicare became the “third rail of American politics.” Read More

Beyond Sectarianism in Iraq

During eight years of a U.S.-led occupation, Iraqi attitudes have shifted away from sectarianism and toward a national identity. Coupled with increased support for the separation of politics and religion, this shift may pave the road for a functioning national government. Read More

Korean Multiculturalism and the Marriage Squeeze

An imbalanced sex ratio in the 1970s and 1980s has led South Korean men to seek wives abroad. Though a solution to one problem, this spike in interracial marriage has posed new social conundrums for the formerly homogenous society. Read More

The Vanishing Catholic Priest

Brian Conway examines the decline in vocations in Ireland and the U.S., and considers what it means for the future of international Catholicism. Read More