The British Journal of Sociology

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Edited By: Nigel Dodd

Impact Factor: 1.594

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 39/143 (Sociology)

Online ISSN: 1468-4446

BJS - Shaping Sociology Over 60 Years



The British Journal of Sociology at sixty
By Frances Heidensohn and Richard Wright


The British Journal of Sociology in the 1950s: firm foundations
By Frances Heidensohn

Democracy in private government (a case study of the International Typographical Union)
By Seymour M. Lipset

Commentaries by Pat McGovern and Robin Archer

A public language: some sociological implications of a linguistic form
By Basil Bernstein

Commentaries by Chris Jenks and Tessa Blackstone


The British Journal of Sociology in the 1960s: a discipline in ferment
By Richard Wright

The meaning of poverty
By Peter Townsend

Commentary by Jake Rosenfeld

The deviance of women: a critique and an enquiry
By Frances Heidensohn

Commentaries by Frances Heidensohn and Jody Miller


The British Journal of Sociology in the 1970s: continuity and crisis
By Fran Tonkiss

Islam, capitalism and the Weber theses
By Bryan S. Turner

Commentary by Bryan S. Turner

A world-system perspective on the social sciences
By Immanuel Wallerstein

Commentary by Michael Mann


The British Journal of Sociology in the 1980s: a decade of eclecticism
By Gillian Stevens

Intergenerational class mobility and the convergence thesis: England, France and Sweden
By Robert Erikson, John H. Goldthorpe and Lucienne Portocarero

Commentary by Michael Hout

Morphogenesis versus structuration: on combining structure and action
By Margaret S. Archer

Commentary by Anthony King


The British Journal of Sociology in the 1990s: disintegration and disarray?
By Claire Moon

Political power beyond the State: problematics of government
By Nikolas Rose and Peter Miller

Commentary by Patrick Joyce

Class analysis and the reorientation of class theory: the case of persisting differentials in educational attainment
By John H. Goldthorpe

Commentary by John Scott


The British Journal of Sociology in the 2000s: sociology in a new century
By Fran Tonkiss

Mobile sociology
By John Urry

Commentaries by Vincent Kaufman and Caroline Knowles

Unpacking cosmopolitanism for the social sciences: a research agenda
By Ulrich Beck and Natan Sznaider

Commentaries by Yasemin Nuhoǧlu Soysal and Nina Glick Schiller


"BJS is a truly first class journal, and anyone who wants to know what is happening in sociology does well to follow it closely. Through its consistent policy of publishing articles that are theoretically challenging and empirically sound, BJS adds to the sociological tradition, issue by issue."

Richard Swedberg, Cornell University, USA

Meet the Editors



Frances Heidensohn has been the General Editor of the BJS since 2008. She is Visiting Professor at the Department of Sociology London School of Economics and Political Science. Her main research studies and publications have been in the areas of crime, gender, law and society and comparative studies.



Richard Wright is Curators' Professor of Criminology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Primarily an ethnographer, he has a longstanding interest in how urban street criminals contemplate and carry out their crimes in real world settings and circumstances, with most of his recent work focusing on the interplay of predation and social control in illicit drug markets. He joined the BJS as North American-based Editor in 2007 and assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief a year later.



Fran Tonkiss is Reader in Sociology and Director of the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has been a member of the BJS editorial board since 2005, and Editor since 2007. Her research specialisms are in economic and urban sociology.



Gillian Stevens is Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Population Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta. Originally trained as a social demographer, her research interests have broadened to include social inequality, immigrant studies and the sociology of language. She joined the editorial team as the North American based editor in 2008.



Claire Moon is Lecturer in the Sociology of Human Rights in the Department of Sociology and Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has been Book Review Editor of the British Journal of Sociology since May 2007. Claire has published on the topics of transitional justice, South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, post-conflict reconciliation, political apologies, reparations, war trauma and its therapeutic management, and discourse and narrative theories. She is the author of Narrating Political Reconciliation: South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.