sociology for the public

Spring 2023

Volume: 22 | Number: 2

“It’s the economy, stupid,” quipped former President Bill Clinton in what was and still remains an evergreen assessment. In our second issue, Money Matters, the tangible yet also insidiously invisible ways in which the economy weaves its way into every nook and cranny of modern life reveals itself to you, our readers. Of course, this theme reverberates far beyond the pages of Contexts, echoing year after year, decade after decade. Since Clinton first made that pithy remark, two recessions, a pandemic, and a destabilized economy have dramatically changed the organization of work and work practices. More recently, a stubborn period of rampant inflation, rising interest rates, and hot-hot housing markets have pushed the American Dream further out of reach, leaving all kinds of tumult in its wake: domestic life, consumption habits, work and play, and our aspirations for the future. Money matters, you see—or perhaps we should say, matters of money are on our minds.

More Family, More Time?

Coupled up and cohabitating—with your parents? Over the past 50 years, the number of households with more than one generation has grown dramatically all over … Read More

Determining “Hate”

In 2020, the number of reported hate crimes in Canada rose by 37% to hit its highest recorded level. But what happens after reporting? … Read More

A COVID-19 Trust Paradox

Disclosing a positive COVID-19 test result can be fraught in the best of circumstances. But in South Korea, the authors of a … Read More

Anti-Immigrant Influence

Europe’s growing ethnic diversity stands in contrast to rising anti-immigrant sentiments, discrimination, and racism. To investigate beyond conventional survey methods and capture such sentiments as … Read More

What It Is To Be Ukranian

Civic engagement can take on many different forms: volunteering at a food bank, attending a town hall, and serving on a committee are just a … Read More

Behind Bullying

Research recently published in Gender & Society examines homophobic bullying among American high school students, finding that gender expression, rather than sexuality, may be … Read More

The Racist Palate

Elite cultural fields often lack diversity, and the fine dining field is no exception. Though we know that marginalized producers of cultural goods, such as … Read More

Companions in Conspiracy

Why are conspiracy theories so alluring? Sure, we’ve all had a hunch about something that ran counter to conventional wisdom, but that is vastly different … Read More

Spring 2023: From the Editors

“It’s the economy, stupid,” quipped former President Bill Clinton in what was and still remains an evergreen assessment. In our second issue, Money Matters, the tangible … Read More

Spring 2023: Table of Contents

from the editors in brief: “A COVID-19 Trust Paradox,” by Rose Xueqing Zhang “Anti-Immigrant Influence,” by Sophie X. Liu “Behind Bullying,” by Rose … Read More