Business on board for the environment
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by Sophie X. Liu
1w ago
How has California managed to enact America’s “strongest” climate laws when confronted with a “fragmented system of government with multiple veto points,” a dynamic landscape of interest groups, and a weighty presence of fossil fuel industry? In a paper published in Social Forces, Andrew Jaeger explores the collaboration between Silicon Valley and the state of California, aiming to find answers to questions that transcend state boundaries and environmental constraint. By examining a multi-faceted dataset that includes archived newsletters, reports, position papers, and field research, Jaeger r ..read more
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Q&A with Dr. Katherine Johnson
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by Contexts Magazine
1w ago
“Families feel like they need to prepare for the worst,” says Dr. Katherine Johnson, author of the Contexts feature “Navigating the Invisibility and Hypervisibility of Mixed-Race Families.” In this interview with Contexts graduate student editor Colter Uscola, Johnson discusses her research with Black-White mixed-race families and how mothers and fathers approach the racial erasure and surveillance their families attract when going about their daily lives. She also speaks to the relevance of Contexts as a hybrid publication, written by academics but for the general public, noting how it fits ..read more
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Changing Faces: The Shifting Image of Chinese Student Migrants in American Media
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by Weirong Guo
3w ago
Do you remember the headlines from the 1980s featuring courageous Chinese students fighting for democracy in Tiananmen Square? Fast forward a couple of decades and these images have all but disappeared from American news media. What changed? I set out to answer this question through computational text analysis. Analyzing more than 1,500 American news articles spanning four decades, I uncovered a significant shift in the portrayal of Chinese student migrants by U.S. news media. Once depicted as pro-democracy heroes who sought political asylum in the United States, Chinese student migrants now t ..read more
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Letter from the editors: spring 2024
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by Amin Ghaziani and Seth Abrutyn
1M ago
Reaching broader publics? Yeah, we do that. Amin is in Amsterdam and London on a European book tour for Long Live Queer Nightlife. He is racking up reviews on both sides of the pond, including in The New York Times. Meanwhile, Malcolm Gladwell endorsed Seth’s new book (co-authored with Anna Mueller) about youth suicide clusters, Life Under Pressure. The trio are hosting an event at the 92nd Street Y in New York, a world-class community center where people can connect through the arts, culture, and conversation. We preach and practice the mission of public engagement that motivates our magazine ..read more
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Spring 2024 Table of Contents
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by Contexts Magazine
1M ago
from the editors in brief: “Okay, Boomer,” Elena G. van Stee “AI and the Scientific Imagination,” Colter J. Uscola “Who’s on Top?” Elena G. van Stee “Law and the Looky-Loo,” Sophie X. Liu “Canada’s Immigration Politics,” Sophie X. Liu “Movies Reboot Gender Divides,” Colter J. Uscola “Trust and Stratify,” Parker Muzzerall “Wealthy Disillusioned with Politics, Too,” Parker Muzzerall q&a: “A Drop of Epistemic Humility.” Amin Ghaziani interviews Charles Fain Lehman, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor of City Journal, about the value-add of conservative viewpoints in ..read more
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Q&A with Dr. Elizabeth Blakey
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by Contexts Magazine
1M ago
For 17 years, Twitter/X provided free academic access—not by law, but by social contract—to its data for researchers examining elections, hate speech, and other crucial public issues. As Elizabeth Blakey writes in her Spring 2024 feature article for Contexts, it took just six months under Elon Musk to rescind this unfettered access and upend global scholarship. “[I]t has to do with public trust,” Blakey explains in this interview about the public significance of her piece. “So if,” like Twitter and Musk, “you’re claiming to be the public town square and [to] be interested in having open disco ..read more
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Courting Eviction
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by Parker Muzzerall
1M ago
As the cost of living, and housing in particular, skyrockets, more and more people face eviction. Unsurprisingly, U.S. eviction courts—a specific form of civil legal process for adjudicating disputes over tenancy—are experiencing record case numbers. While the legal system seeks fair and just representation, court records show that landlords win eviction cases at an overwhelming—and increasing—rate. Why is this? In a new study published in City & Community, Isaiah Fleming-Klink and colleagues argue that, in an overburdened court system, a series of processes and procedures have emerged tha ..read more
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Deplatforming blues
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by Colter J. Uscola
1M ago
Twitter’s post-January 6th suspension of Donald Trump’s account silenced his digital megaphone in an instant. While the immediate consequences for the former president were evident, the broader impact of account suspension on the everyday user is less understood. To untangle this unknown process, Shangwei Wu and Hui Fang delve into the intricacies of “account bombings,” or the termination of social media accounts in China, in a recent paper in New Media and Society. The data consist of 115 bloggers’ posts about their account bombing experiences and interviews with 48 social media users whose a ..read more
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The Case for Grandmothers
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by Neda Maghbouleh
1M ago
It was a bracingly cold morning in 2019 in a far suburb of Toronto, Canada. I stepped across the threshold of Amina’s bungalow, taking her hand and leaning in to kiss the air beside each of her cheeks. In my other hand, I clutched a box of sweets I’d brought for her elderly mother, a token of appreciation for welcoming me into their home. Amina, a mother of five, was a participant in my multi-year study following the successes and challenges of 148 Syrian mothers and teenagers admitted to Canada under the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Initiative (SRRI). On that chilly November morning, I found A ..read more
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From the corner to the digital street
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by Parker Muzzerall
1M ago
As the distinction between life on the internet and life in the real world blurs, one consequence is that our online behavior can have a tremendous impact on our offline lives—think of someone who gets fired over an insensitive Facebook comment or derogatory Tweet. But as Yuan Hsiao and colleagues show in their new study, this relationship goes both ways. Our real world lives also affect our online interactions. Published in the American Sociological Review, this mixed-methods paper examining on- and offline conflict between Latino gangs in Chicago combines the strengths of computational techn ..read more
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