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The British Journal of Sociology is a leading international sociological journal published on behalf of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Established in 1950, the journal features rigorous, original research that speaks to a general sociological audience and draws on an array of quantitative and qualitative methods. The BJS has a proud tradition of featuring work that advances both scholarly debate and broader understandings of key social and political questions.

The BJS includes a book reviews section that engages with notable new publications from junior and senior scholars, with occasional book symposia and multiple-title book review essays. The journal also publishes occasional special issues, organised around themes of political or theoretical significance.

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Save the Date: Inaugural BJS Conference 2024

15 - 16 April 2024

The BJS will be hosting its inaugural major international conference on 15 and 16 April 2024 at LSE in London. Join us for an enriching in-person event, as we showcase the best of sociological work from around the world. More details and the call for papers can be found here.

Call for Papers - 'Families and Wealth'

The British Journal of Sociology - Special Issue

Family wealth increasingly determines one's life chances: whether the ability to obtain secure housing, acquire an education, start a business or retire with dignity. A new BJS special issue will unpack the role of the family as a unit of economic accumulation and (re)distribution. 

We welcome contributions reflecting on original and secondary research and theoretical writing. 

For further information and queries, please contact the guest editors: Katie Higgins (katie.higgins@spi.ox.ac.uk), Céline Bessière (celine.bessiere@dauphine.psl.eu) and Hanna Kuusela (hanna.r.kuusela@jyu.fi).

To submit an abstract for consideration, please email it to the editorial office: BJS.office@wiley.com.

Latest News


New Editorial Board Announcement

We are delighted to welcome Dr Ricarda Hammer, Dr Lucie Kalousová and Professor Julian Go to the British Journal of Sociology Editorial Board.

Ricarda Hammer is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California - Berkeley. Her work sits at the intersection of global sociology, the sociology of race, historical sociology, social theory, and anticolonial thought. Her book project, tentatively titled “Citizenship and Colonial Difference: The Racial Politics of Rights and Rule across the Black Atlantic,” explains how democratization was made compatible with colonial extractive projects through renewed constructions of race. Hammer's research has been published in Sociological Theory, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Political Power and Social Theory, and Teaching Sociology. She received her Ph.D. from Brown University and she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Ricarda Hammer is at the forefront of postcolonial and historical sociology, and is leading a new generation of thinkers forward on these matters. We’re excited to be welcoming her onto the BJS board.

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Lucie Kalousová earned her PhD in Sociology and Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan in 2017. Before her current role at Vanderbilt, she served as an assistant professor at the University of California-Riverside and held a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford. Dr Kalousová's research focuses on the relationship between socioeconomic status and population health, particularly the factors driving health disparities in middle- to high-income countries. She explores how economic conditions and material hardship influence individual health outcomes and the broader implications of health inequality. Her work, published in leading journals such as the Journal of Health and Social Behavior and Social Science & Medicine, contributes to our understanding of health disparities and their policy implications. Her work has received several awards, including the Neuron Award for a Promising Czech Scientist and the Postdoctoral Award from the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science. 

We are thrilled Dr Kalousova is joining the editorial board. She has been doing cutting edge research for the last decade and will bring a wealth of insight and experience, particularly around issues related to health and health inequalities. 


Julian Go is Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. His research lies at the intersections of historical sociology, social theory, and global studies. His theoretical work bridges critical social theory with postcolonial/decolonial and global social thought in an attempt to transcend the limits and biases of conventional theory in the social sciences.

Julian Go has been a pioneer in the development of postcolonial social science and historical sociology; we are thrilled to be able to welcome him onto the BJS board.

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BJS Prize Announcement 2023
The BJS Prize has been awarded to Kjell Noordzij, Willem de Koster, Jeroen van der Waal for their paper "A revolt of the deplored? The role of perceived cultural distance in the educational gradient in anti-establishment politics" (2021). Dr Noordzij accepted the Prize on behalf of all authors at the 2023 BJS Annual Lecture on 16 October 2023, from BJS Editor Dr Rebecca Elliott.

You can read the paper here, Open Access, until the end of 2023.

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BJS Early Career Prize Announcement 2023
The BJS Early Career Prize has been awarded to Minwoo Jung for their paper "Embracing the nation: Strategic deployment of sexuality, nation, and citizenship in Singapore" (2021). Dr Jung's achievement was announced at the 2023 BJS Annual Lecture on 16 October 2023, from BJS Editor Dr Rebecca Elliott.

You can read the paper here, Open Access, until the end of 2023.

Nina Bandelj

The Social Life of Money for Children
Monday 16 October 2023, 6.30pm - 8.00pm, CBG Auditorium
Inspired by Nigel Dodd’s The Social Life of Money, this lecture proposes an analysis of entangled economic lives, that is, how meaning, structure and politics jointly shape the flow of monies within households. 


We are thrilled to welcome Dr Katie Higgins to the BJS team as our new Book Reviews Editor. Katie is a sociologist and human geographer whose research examines social and spatial inequalities. As a co-founder and co-convenor of the BSA Sociology of Elites Study Group and the Elite Studies Working Group, she is interested in how advantage and power are reproduced and challenged. Her current research investigates global organisations that facilitate elite connections. 

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From July 1st 2023, BJS welcomes a new editorial team. Dr Rebecca Elliott, Professor Sam Friedman, Dr Ali Meghji and Professor Aaron Reeves succeed Dr Daniel Laurison as the new Co-Editors of the Journal. The new editorial team have a range of exciting plans, including three major initial announcements:

  1. The BJS will host a major international conference in April 2024 at the LSE. The conference will be in-person, heavily subsidised, and will aim to showcase the best sociological work from across the discipline.
  2. The new Co-Editors aim to reduce BJS article review times to a 60-day average for articles sent out for review.
  3. The BJS Prize and BJS Early Career Prize will from this year both be awarded annually.

BJS/LSE Sociology Panel Event: Reflections on ‘The Quantified Scholar’ 
Wednesday 29 March 2023
A panel hosted by the Department of Sociology and The British Journal of Sociology discussing a variety of themes that emerge from The Quantified Scholar with the author, Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra (UCSD) and panellists, Sam Friedman (LSE), Sarah de Rijcke (Leiden University), and John Holmwood (University of Nottingham). The panel was co-chaired by Fran Tonkiss (LSE) and Gurminder K Bhambra (University of Sussex) and moderated by Daniel Laurison (British Journal of Sociology). Catch up here

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BJS Annual Lecture 2022: Thinking Against Empire: anticolonial thought as Social Theory 
Wednesday 6 April 2023
Speaker: Professor Julian Go (University of Chicago) 
Chair: Professor Nigel Dodd (LSE)

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Professor Nigel Dodd
All of us at the BJS are deeply saddened by the loss of Nigel Dodd, who died peacefully on 12 August 2022. Nigel became the journal's Editor in Chief in 2014, and his incisive editorship has been transformative for the journal. He was committed to publishing a wide range of scholarship by diverse authors across the discipline, and to supporting the work of earlier career scholars. Nigel's vision of Sociology's rich intellectual history, broad conceptual and empirical range, and critical capacity to speak to contemporary social challenges, has been central to the journal's mission in the past eight years. His generosity as an editor and colleague was matched by his brilliance as a scholar: Nigel's work in the fields of economic sociology and social theory leave an outstanding intellectual legacy. He will be greatly missed.

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BJS Annual Lecture 2019
Ordinal Citizenship
Friday 25 October 2018, 6.30-8pm
Speakers: Professor Marion Fourcade (University of California) 
Chair: Professor Nigel Dodd (LSE)

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BJS Annual Lecture 2018
From "having" to "being": self worth and the current crisis of American society
Thursday 25 October 2018, 6.30-8pm
Speakers: Professor Michèle Lamont (Harvard) 
Chair: Dr Rebecca Elliott (LSE)

This event formed part of the “New World (Dis)Orders” series, held in the run up to the LSE Festival, a week-long series of events taking place from 25 February to 2 March 2019, free to attend and open to all, which explored how social science can tackle global issues. 

Alondra Nelson

BJS Annual Lecture 2017 
The Social Life of DNA: racial reconciliation and institutional morality 
Speaker: Professor Alondra Nelson
Chair: Professor Nigel Dodd

In the British Journal of Sociology's Annual Lecture, Alondra Nelson discussed her book The Social Life of DNA on how claims about ancestry are marshalled together with genetic analysis in a range of social ventures.

Twitter: #LSEBJS

Umit Cetin

BJS Early Career Prize Announcement 2017
The BJS Early Career Prize has been awarded to Umit Cetin for his paper "Cosmopolitanism and the relevance of ‘zombie concepts’: the case of anomic suicide amongst Alevi Kurd youth” (2017) which was originally published in BJS 68(2). The paper was derived from Umit’s doctoral research, which he undertook at the University of Essex, which focused on suicide amongst second generation Alevi-Kurdish young men in London. 

Dr Cetin accepted the Prize at the 2017 BJS Annual Lecture on 26th October 2017 from Editor-in-Chief Professor Nigel Dodd, who commented: "Umit’s paper delves deeply into classical sociology in order to get to grips with his own, rich ethnographic data on the Kurdish migrant community in London. It’s an excellent and original paper, which has something compelling to say about the diversity of trajectories that transnational migrants follow in a cosmopolitan city such as London, and about the formation of a new rainbow underclass".

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Launch of the BJS Early Career Prize
We are delighted to announce the launch of the BJS Early Career Prize for authors of papers published in the BJS in the first five years from the date they are awarded their PhD. Consideration of papers is now open, and first award will be made in 2017. 

Mission statement

To be a leading sociology journal in terms of academic substance, scholarly reputation, with relevance to and impact on the social and democratic questions of our times;

To publish papers demonstrating the highest standards of scholarship in sociology for authors worldwide;

To carry papers from across the full range of sociological research  and knowledge

To lead debate on key methodological and theoretical questions and controversies in contemporary sociology, for example through the annual lecture special issue;

To react quickly to major publishing and /or world events by producing special issues and /or sections;

To highlight new areas of sociological research, new developments in sociological theory and new methodological innovatins, for example through timely special sections and special issues;

To publish the best work from scholars in new and emerging regions where sociology is developing;

To encourage new and aspiring sociologists to submit papers to the journal, and to spotlight their work through the BJS Early Career Prize;

To engage with the sociological community - academics as well as students - in the UK and abroad, through social media, and a journal blog.

Editorial board

Journal Editors:

Dr Rebecca Elliott (LSE)
Professor Sam Friedman (LSE)
Dr Ali Meghji (Cambridge)
Professor Aaron Reeves (Oxford)
Daniel Laurison (Swarthmore College)

Book Reviews Editor:

Dr Katie Higgins (University of Oxford)

Editorial Board

Gurminder K. Bhambra, University of Sussex, UK
Nick Couldry, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Miriam Glucksmann, University of Essex, UK
John Holmwood, University of Nottingham, UK
Anthony King, University of Warwick, UK
Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou, University College London, UK
Monika Krause, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Ali Meghji, University of Cambridge, UK
Lydia Morris, University of Essex, UK
Utsa Mukherjee, Brunel University London, UK
Susan Pickard, University of Liverpool, UK
John Solomos, University of Warwick, UK
Fran Tonkiss, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
David Voas, University College London, UK

International Advisory Board

Irena Borowik, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Gary Bouma, Monash University, Australia
Michael Burawoy, University of California, USA
Craig Calhoun, Arizona State University, USA 
Daniel Chernilo, University of Loughborough, UK
Vivek Chibber, New York University, USA
Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney, Australia
David Garland, New York University School of Law, USA
Deborah Giustini, KU Leuven, Belgium
John A. Hall, McGill University, Canada
Michael Hill, Victoria University, New Zealand
Huang Ping, Academy of Social Sciences, China
Christine Inglis, University of Sydney, Australia
Hiroshi Ishida, University of Tokyo, Japan
Yao-Tai Li, UNSW Sydney, Australia
Susan McDaniel, University of Lethbridge, Canada
Michael Mann, University of California, USA
Steve Messner, University at Albany, USA
Harvey Molotch, New York University, USA
James Montgomery, University of Wisconsin, USA
Claus Offe, Hertie School of Governance, Germany
Stella Quah, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore
Vadim Radaev, The State University - Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, USA
Susumu Shimazono, University of Tokyo, Japan
Margaret Somers, University of Michigan, USA
Richard Swedberg, Cornell University, USA
Piotr Sztompka, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Goran Therborn, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Sweden
John Torpey, City University of New York, USA
Bryan S. Turner, Australian Catholic University, Australia 
Tina Uys, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Masao Watanabe, Hitotsubashi University, Japan
Malcolm Waters, University of Tasmania, Australia
Richard Wright, Georgia State University, USA 
Shujiro Yazawa, Seijo University, Japan.

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The British Journal of Sociology

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Email: bjs.office@wiley.com

Twitter: @BJSociology