Contexts

understanding people in their social worlds

Fall 2015

Volume: 14 | Number: 4

The social and political entanglements of science, from climate change and medical marijuana to the origins of modern American sociology.

Online Dating Choices, Constrained

Single people have an ever-expanding array of choices for romantic partners. Arranged marriages are no longer prevalent, and norms and laws … Read More

W.E.B. Du Bois and the Sociological Canon

Over a century in the making, American sociology’s investment in the study of race has not resulted in a happy marriage. On the positive side, … Read More

Father Schools and Promise Keepers

In many countries, women have gained greater access to education, the right to work with fair compensation, and protection from violence. These all reflect changing … Read More

Dorothea Lange and the Art of the Caption

Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” is one of the most reproduced photographs in the world. Like other iconic images, it has taken on a life of … Read More

Protest Works

In 334 Southern cities, lunch-counter sit-ins increased the likelihood of desegregation. The protests also affected desegregation in nearby cities; desegregation in one city led to desegregation in nearby cities as well. Read More

Mumbai Sleeping

Draped over motorbikes and curled up on curbs, finding rest in urban india. Read More

Unemployment and Well-Being

Sociologists of mental health study how the broader social forces surrounding individual circumstances affect psychological well-being. For example, unemployment affects well-being, but how might this … Read More

Science and Politics

The quest of science to understand how the world works is inextricably tied to and bound by political machinations and social biases. Read More

It’s High Time

The pressure is on to end marijuana prohibition. Read More

“Context is Everything”

The Internet has facilitated a proliferation of restaurant criticism. Sites that crowd-source reviews, independent blogs, and social media platforms allow all-comers to publicly evaluate restaurants. Read More