sociology for the public

Winter 2010

Volume: 9 | Number: 1

Sociologists discuss how understanding aging in America can change the way we think about discrimination, retirement and public policy. Also, a critical look at common explanations for world hunger, and historical perspectives on Mexican immigration to America and the role of the Holocaust in shaping Jewish identity.

Redefining Retirement

If married women’s movement into the workforce was the labor market story of the 20th century, the aging workforce and growing retired force will … Read More

Cougars Gone Wild And Collective Memory

Every issue we provide a roundup of sociologists, and sociology, in the news. This issue we look at the Iranian government's hostility to sociology, Pepper Schwartz on cougars gone wild, and how sociologists are explaining suicide in France and collective memories of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. Read More

Jewish Americans And The Holocaust

Holocaust survivors have not always been revered or remembered as they are today. This article traces the historical and sociological factors that have made the Holocaust into a powerful symbol not only for Jewish ethnic identity, but for all people. Read More

Seeing Is Believing

The blog Sociological Images has truly struck a chord, garnering hundreds of thousands of hits a month — and, now, a regular feature in Contexts. This inaugural installment looks at the strange intersection of food and sex in advertising. Read More

Seeing Switzerland: A Cross Cultural Conversation

Switzerland carries the burden of being everyone’s idealized landscape, speaking actually as well as metaphorically. It has the highest and most beautiful mountains in Europe; … Read More

Parlez-vous civility?

National opinion polls show that Americans are increasingly concerned about decreasing politeness in U.S. social life, pointing to causes such as partisan politics and talk radio. The author examines this trend and how some community organizations are taking steps to counteract it. Read More

The Scarcity Fallacy

There's more to world hunger than lack of food. More pressing problems include inequality, conflict, and corruption that limit access to affordable food. The authors describe the basicas of a sociological approach to hunger and more effective food policies. Read More