The single article in this issue concerns the history of the American community high school. Its point is that the community high school is a venture in utopianism, with all the pitfalls that entails, rather than a place primarily concerned with giving students an opportunity to get educated. This article is one in a continuing series of articles devoted to the sociology of education.
The purpose of this e-journal is to use in tandem the techniques of literary criticism and social structural analysis to illuminate American politics and the various institutions in American society and sometimes matters more global, like religion or war, by turning an eye on the events and objects and performances that are considered art and entertainment, those defined broadly enough to include whatever is covered in newspapers and other media. Another concern is to pick up the texture of social life, both in the United States and in general, through the analysis of those events, objects and performances that are to be found in everyday life.