understanding people in their social worlds

Winter 2017

Volume: 16 | Number: 1

Trumped Again. The editors consider whether America’s activist fire has been relit as this issue’s authors explore social and political issues including taxation, abortion rights, LGBT rights, growing gender wage gaps, class divides, the existing U.S.-Mexico border wall, public health, and hookup culture and same-gender sex on-campus and off.

Chump Change

In truth, poverty is an anomaly to rich people. It is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the … Read More

Observing Life and Death in America: Gary Younge

Gary Younge was recently named a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and he won the Harvard Kennedy School’s David Nayan Prize … Read More

Scorn Wars: Rural White People and Us

Nina Eliasoph on The Politics of Resentment, Strangers in Their Own Land, and Hillbilly elegy. Read More

The Sadness of the Border Wall

It took two days on the bus for Catalina Cespedes and her husband Teodolo Torres to get from their hometown in Puebla—Santa Monica Cohetzala—to Tijuana. Read More

How the Media Makes Protests Matter

The impact of a protest is only as big as the media makes it out to be. Past studies have explored protests’ effectiveness in bringing … Read More

SocArXiv Promotes Open Sociology

A new paper server for the social sciences, SocArXiv (pronounced sosh-archive), launched in December, with the goal of promoting rapid sharing of academic research. The … Read More

“Straight Girls Kissing,” Beyond the Elite College Campus

Many straight-identified young women have same-gender sexual or romantic experiences. Research on sexual fluidity, hooking up, and “straight girls kissing” has largely focused on women … Read More

What’s So Cultural about Hookup Culture?

Arman was 7,000 miles from his family, one of the roughly million international students who were enrolled in U.S. colleges last year. Dropped into the … Read More

Winter 2017 Table of Contents

The Winter 2017 issue of Contexts is available for free online until April 23, 2017 at In addition, links to select articles … Read More