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''Contexts'': ''Understanding People in their Social Worlds'' is a quarterly
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and an official publication of the
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. It is designed to be a more accessible source of sociological ideas and research and has been inspired by the movement towards
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.


Sections of the Journal

* Backpage * Books * Culture * Feature * From the Editors * In brief * Q&A * Teaching and Learning * Trends * Viewpoints


History

The journal was established in 2002 by
Claude Fischer Claude Serge Fischer (born January 9, 1948) is an American sociologist and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in urban sociology, research methods, and American societ ...
and is published by
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; until 2011, it was published by the
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. Fischer was succeeded by
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and James M. Jasper, who edited the journal from 2005 to 2007, injecting a certain amount of controversial humor such as
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New Yorker
cartoons and a column written by "Harry Green" (actually Jasper) called "The Fool." The current editors are
Rashawn RayRashawn Ray is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the David M. Rubenstein Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. Since 2017 he has been the editor of ''Contexts'' magazine, published by the A ...
(
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) and
Fabio Rojas Fabio Rojas is Virginia L. Roberts Professor of Sociology at Indiana University Bloomington. He is the author of several sociological books, and starting with the first issue (Winter Issue) of 2018, he will be the co-editor of ''Contexts'' magazine ...
(
Indiana University Indiana University (IU) is a major multicampus public research institution, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. Indiana University’s mission is to provide broad access to undergraduate and graduate education for students throughout Ind ...
).


Former Editors

* 2002:
Claude Fischer Claude Serge Fischer (born January 9, 1948) is an American sociologist and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in urban sociology, research methods, and American societ ...
* 2003: Fischer * 2004: Fischer * 2005:
Jeff Goodwin Jeffrey Roger Goodwin (born January 28, 1958) is a professor Professor (commonly abbreviated as Prof.) is an academic An academy (Attic Greek: Ἀκαδήμεια; Koine Greek Ἀκαδημία) is an institution of secondary educa ...
, James M. Jasper * 2006: Goodwin, Jasper * 2007: Goodwin, Jasper * 2008: Doug Hartmann, Chris Uggen * 2009: Hartmann, Uggen * 2010: Hartmann, Uggen * 2011: Hartmann, Uggen * 2012: Jodi O'Brien, Arlene Stein * 2013: O'Brien, Stein * 2014: O'Brien, Stein * 2015:
Philip N. Cohen
Philip N. Cohen
, Syed Ali * 2016: Cohen, Ali * 2017: Cohen, Ali * 2018:
Fabio Rojas Fabio Rojas is Virginia L. Roberts Professor of Sociology at Indiana University Bloomington. He is the author of several sociological books, and starting with the first issue (Winter Issue) of 2018, he will be the co-editor of ''Contexts'' magazine ...
,
Rashawn RayRashawn Ray is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the David M. Rubenstein Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. Since 2017 he has been the editor of ''Contexts'' magazine, published by the A ...
* 2019: Rojas, Ray * 2020: Rojas, Ray


Characteristics

The journal differs from a typical academic journal as it is targeted more toward students and the general public. It is used widely in courses,, and a selection of its premier articles is available in book format through ''The Contexts Reader,'' published by W. W. Norton & Company, now in its second edition. The new editors have introduced a blog feature on the magazines website, Contexts.org. New print issues are published quarterly in February (Winter), May (Spring), August (Summer) and November (Fall).


Awards

''Contexts'' won the Best Journal Award in the Social Sciences (2003) by Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the
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.


Notable Articles and Interviews

One of the most notable articles in ''Contexts'' is
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's interview with Rachel Doležal. The interview has aired on many TV news networks, such as
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,
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, and
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, over the possibility of a trans-racial identity. The academic journal ranges in topics from
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,
immigration Immigration is the international movement of people to a destination country A country is a distinct territorial body or political entity A polity is an identifiable political entity—any group of people who have a collective ident ...

immigration
, race (particularly its role in Get Out),
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Donald Trump
's potential border wall, and
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer
. One of the board members for ''Contexts'',
Tressie McMillan Cottom Tressie McMillan Cottom is an American writer, sociologist, and professor. She is currently an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill UNC School of Information and Library Science, School of Information and Librar ...
, appeared on
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with Trevor Noah to discuss the impact of for-profit higher education in the United States on disadvantaged students.
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Abstracting and indexing

''Contexts'' is abstracted and indexed in
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and Sociological Abstracts.


References


External links

* {{Official website, http://www.contexts.org/ Publications established in 2002 Sociology journals SAGE Publishing academic journals Quarterly journals English-language journals 2002 establishments in the United States Science education American Sociological Association academic journals