sociology for the public

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.

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

Distrusting American Atheists

The Constitution protects U.S. citizens in their choice of religion, and, for many, religion is closely tied to American identity. It is, perhaps, why so … 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