understanding people in their social worlds

Winter 2014

Volume: 13 | Number: 1

This issue examines the promise and possibilities of cities: from Philadelphia’s Seventh Ward to the suburbs of Chicago, we explore race, transportation policy, homeownership, and gentrification. Also: viewpoints on human trafficking, an interview with Budapest’s sociologist mayor, and some help with the jargon of labeling gender and sexuality.

Opera’s Last Act

Sam GrinbergThe 70-year-old New York City Opera has joined a growing chorus of operas, orchestras, and ballet companies in crisis. While … Read More

The Feminization of Foreclosure

During the Great Recession that began in 2007, news reports portrayed housing foreclosure as an equal opportunity crisis, overlooking the fact that women—especially women of … Read More


When low-wage workers from over 50 cities across the United States took to the streets last August to demand better wages, … Read More

The Promise and Possibilities of Cities

Cities breed wisdom and foolishness, hope and despair, wrote Charles Dickens. In this issue, we explore some of the promise and possibilities of cities, and … Read More