Contexts

understanding people in their social worlds

Summer 2018

Volume: 17 | Number: 3

From Black Lives Matter to #MeToo and the March for Our Lives, Americans are protesting police killings, pressuring lawmakers to address gun control, holding abusers accountable for rape, assault, and sexual harassment, demanding an end to the separation of immigrant parents and children, and asserting their rights to bodily autonomy and equal pay for equal work. Yet these marches and mobilizations are not the whole of resistance. Many are quick to think of daily, incremental actions as nothing more than “slacktivism”, but challenging policing, education policy, abortion restrictions, and pay inequities has to start somewhere. This issue explores what we mean when we say, “Resist.”

Parenting Without Papers

Scholars of immigration and family have depicted the ways immigration enforcement policies affect Latinx children and families. Much attention has been paid to the long-term … Read More

Prison Tourism in the Era of Mass Incarceration

In 2017, The World Travel Awards named Spike Island, a former fortress and prison located on the southern coast of Ireland, Europe’s leading tourist attraction. Read More

Nonviolent Protests and the Formation of Democracies

Can the barrel of a gun point the way to democracy? Some political scientists and sociologists seem to think so. Ali Kadivar challenges this convention … Read More

Why Sociology Needs Science Fiction

“You can’t tell a story like [the financial crisis] with realism. You need fantasy to explain it.” –Max Gladstone, author of The Craft Cycle … Read More

Students and University Growing Up Together

Photographs and Interviews by Roger J. Wyan In fall 2005, the first class of nearly 900 undergraduate and graduate students filled temporary classrooms—between the … Read More

Repeal FOSTA and Decriminalize Sex Work

Repealing FOSTA will promote the wellbeing and safety of sex workers.In 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law Fight Online Sex Trafficking … Read More

The Sociological Imagination Is Well Suited to Political Office

The weekend I graduated from the 2018 Emerge program—a six-month boot-camp for women wanting to run for office—a very different graduation picture showed up in … Read More

Activism and the Academy, An Interview with Cornel West

Cornel West wears many hats: He is a professor (currently Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University), author (of 20 books), film … Read More

Broadening the Landscape of Blackness, An Interview with Ayana V. Jackson

In the ongoing and profound expansion of possibility in the visual landscape of Blackness, photographer Ayana V. Jackson brings a critical, aesthetic edge that is … Read More

When Discrimination Goes to Court

Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality by Ellen Berrey, Robert J. Nelson, and Laura Beth Neilsen University of … Read More