The Sociological Quarterly

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Edited By: Betty A. Dobratz & Lisa K. Waldner

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 52/142 (Sociology)

Online ISSN: 1533-8525

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Editorial Office Transition Beginning February 15, 2016
Volumes 54–57 (2013-2016) Edited by:

Betty A. Dobratz & Lisa K. Waldner
Volumes 58-61 (2017-2020) Edited by:
Peter Hall, Michael Lacy, and N. Prabha Unnithan

Beginning February 15, the editorial office of The Sociological Quarterly will transition to Colorado State University where Peter Hall, Michael Lacy, and N. Prabha Unnithan will serve as the new editors. For a few months following the transition, current editors, Betty A. Dobratz (Iowa State University) and Lisa K. Waldner (University of St. Thomas) will continue to work on manuscripts first received before that date and will be responsible for the publication of volume 57.
Any questions related to manuscripts initially submitted prior to February 15, 2016 should be directed to managing editor, Leslie B. Kawaler at and queries related to manuscripts submitted February 15, 2016 or later should be submitted to

Symposium on Prosumer Captialism - freely accessible in issue 56:3!
The Summer issue of The Sociological Quarterly includes a Symposium on Prosumer Capitalism featuring the articles below. For a limited time, these articles will be freely accessible. The issue table of contents is available here.

Lead Article
Prosumer Capitalism
George Ritzer

Prosumption: From Parasitic to Prefigurative
Katherine K. Chen

The Activity of the Consumer: Strengthening, Transforming, or Contesting Capitalism?
Marie-Anne Dujarier

Is Prosumer Capitalism on the Rise?
Robert J. Antonio

Defending the Right Lines of Division: Ritzer's Prosumer Capitalism in the Age of Commercial Customer Surveillance and Big Data
Detlev Zwick

Dealing with the Welcome Critiques of “Prosumer Capitalism”
George Ritzer