understanding people in their social worlds

Winter 2015

Volume: 14 | Number: 1

New editors Syed Ali and Philip Cohen start their tenure with a bang, including articles on carrying (and concealing) weapons, on the lessons of Ferguson, and what uprisings in France can teach us about protests in the U.S. Also: lesbian geographies, Piketty in perspective, recollections of genocide, and “velvet rope racism” at urban nightclubs.

Birth Control, Religion, and the Social Construction of Whiteness

Most people think of access to birth control as a women’s issue, but its history is a lot more complicated. Read More

Orange Is Mostly the Same Gender

On Orange is the New Black, does Sophia's transition through gender reassignment surgery actually reinforce binary notions of gender? Read More

Football and University Prestige

In the United States—the only country that links sports so tightly to colleges and universities—football fans are bolstering not only their team’s reputation, but also their students’ brainy prestige. Read More

Gender and Status Matching

How women are wielding their own power—and standards—in the making of marriage. Read More

Taking the Reins

We are excited and honored to take the reins of such an important sociological publication! Since 2002, Contexts has been a source of fresh perspectives, crisp … Read More

The Consequences of Framing Fat

Blaming overweight people and stigmatizing fat can result in denying overweight and obese people access to employment, earnings, and medical care. Read More