Contemporary Culture

Outfitting the modern cat

Outfitting the modern cat

Pets profoundly shape our own household materiality.The "catification" of our homes underscores how cats shape how we see our own material space, the spectacle of unpredictable motion, and the sheer fun of having an animal companion.Read on »

Biracials speak out!

Biracials speak out!

Around the world, social groups have produced creative terms for mixed race people. What do people do when don't fit one of these categories? Crystal Abidin asks biracial Singaporeans.Read on »

Third wave coffee

Third wave coffee

Americans are drinking much less coffee than they did in the 1940s and 1950s — down by almost half from a peak in 1946. These changing trends have profound impacts in the global South where coffee is produced.Read on »

R.I.P. Ulrich Beck

R.I.P. Ulrich Beck

Which world would you rather live in: One where careful scientists slowly develop hypotheses and look systematically for evidence to test them? Or a world in which our natural human tendency to magical thinking has no brake at all?Read on »