understanding people in their social worlds

Winter 2009

Volume: 8 | Number: 1

This issue explores private sector military contractors, post-prison health, community organizing, and the fascination with the rapidly disappearing blue-collar America.

Citizenship, Anger and Bad Reputations

permanently alien in japan After World War II, 600,000 of Japan’s former Korean colonial subjects remained there and have never been granted automatic citizenship. Read More

Spreading the Contexts Gospel

Letters. We get letters—or, actually, emails and voicemails and blog posts. Some can be a bit edgy, others are insightful and often amusing. Read More

Teaching to Blog, Blogging to Teach

In a recent episode of the Contexts Podcast, we discussed the relationship between teaching, research and blogging with ThickCulture founder, Jose Marichal. Read More

The Lucky One

My parents adopted my brother Carl from Thailand six years before I was born. Read More

American Higher Ed Isn’t Doing the Job

One thing I know is the United States isn’t producing enough college graduates to compete in the global economy About 30 percent … Read More

Men are Missing from African Family Planning

Family planning programs in sub-Saharan Africa haven’t succeeded in reducing population growth as elsewhere in the world. The authors argue this is because a central … Read More

No Real Release

The role prisons play in the spread of infectious disease among prisoners is well appreciated. But the health problems of prisoners extend far beyond prison … Read More

Making World Cities

Most metropolitan growth is occurring in cities of the global south, where the populations are expected to double over the next three decades. It’s imagined … Read More

Community Organizing and Social Change

Not since the civil rights movement has community organizing been so central to our political psyche. However, there’s a great deal more to community organizing … Read More

Fertility Rates and Youth Voting

worries over a population implosion by deborah carr For many demographers, old fears of too many people in the world have been replaced by new … Read More