Contexts

understanding people in their social worlds

Summer 2016

Volume: 15 | Number: 3

A multifaceted issue covering diversity in sport and the Oscars, reviewing Hamilton and Wonder Women, and exploring the world of mommy bloggers and street performers.

Friends with Academic Benefits

“Sometimes it’s a good thing to be like your friends, and sometimes it isn’t…. If they’re getting all As, of course I want to be … Read More

Maybe government could actually work

Lately, American government has defaulted to gridlock. Government shut-downs are a routine response to deep conflict, and in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Antonin … Read More

Torture and Scientism

Last summer, the field of psychology was shaken by two reports. They called into question some of the applied and experimental activities of the field. Read More

Call Your Mom

Maybe you’ve heard on Facebook that “You never know how much your parents love you until you have a child to love.” This feel-good meme … Read More

Hamilton’s Immigrant America

On the same day Donald Trump won the Indiana Republican Primary, virtually sealing his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States—May 3, 2016—the American … Read More

Murder Mystery

In a recent American Sociological Review piece, Michael Light and Jeffrey Ulmer analyze homicide deaths between 1989 and 2010 to examine the determinants of … Read More

Gender Politics and Taming the Alpha Male Harem Master

Out of Eden: The Surprising Consequences of Polygamy by David P. Barash. 2016. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Read More

The Problem of Urban Sprawl

The unique identity of a city has many origins, from the cultural and political to the historic and geographic. But perhaps the most basic defining … Read More

Expressing Depression

There are clear health disparities between Black and white Americans across many indicators, including mortality, disease, health behaviors, and self-rated health, but things are murkier … Read More

Career plans aren’t family plans

Why is there such persistent gender segregation in jobs in the U.S. labor force? One popular explanation is that women choose “family-friendly” occupations in order … Read More