sociology for the public

Fall 2020

Volume: 19 | Number: 4

In responding to the call for papers, a scholar on the Contexts website stated, “Sociology has the most sophisticated theoretical insights, conceptual tools, and policy ideas. It is high time for sociologists to gather and explain the experiences of people around the world affected by this pandemic.” Contexts Magazine provides sociologists and other social scientists, academics, and practitioners the ability to contribute in real-time when it matters instead of years later when the tide to directly impact people’s attitudes and behaviors in the moment has subsided. As another Contexts contributor noted, “‘If not us, who? If not now, when?’ We should be leading the discussion that makes this as much about the “social” as it is the biological and we should be doing it now.” We agree, and we are doing it.

Racism on Campus: Yearbook Pictures From Prominent Virginia Colleges (1890-1930)

Photo by Kimberly Farmer (Source: Unsplash). Trigger Warning: Images and words in this article may be triggering to some … Read More

Rediscovering Voices in Uncertain Times

The New Black Sociologists: Historical and Contemporary Perspective by Marcus Anthony Hunter Routledge, 266 pp. My first “real job” … Read More

The coming vaccine battle

Photo by Hakan Nural on Unsplash. The past several months have provided a peek into a future where a … Read More

White Allyship Means a Transfer of Power

A photo from a June 2, 2020 protest in Marin City, CA. (Photo by Peg Hunter via Flickr, CC) … Read More

How Privilege Shaped the COVID-19 Pandemic

Early in the Pandemic, Tom Hanks contracted coronavirus. His privilege allowed for quick diagnosis in care than many other … Read More

Sex and Coronavirus

In March 2020, a joke made the rounds on the Interweb as more and more U.S. workplaces, schools, and other social institutions asked people to … Read More

How Taiwan’s Precautionary Approach Contained COVID-19

An image of modern society and travel, which in the era of “second modernity” have contributed to the spread … Read More

Fall 2020 letter from the editors

Fabio Rojas and Rashawn Ray, Editors of Contexts Magazine. (Photo by Alisha Kirchoff) On the day of the 2020 … Read More

Critique of Title IX and Universities

Photo by Nathan Dumlao (Source: Unsplash) In their Teaching Sociology article, Amina Zarrugh … Read More