American Journal of Economics and Sociology
© American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Inc.
Edited By: Cliff Cobb
Impact Factor: 0.33
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 115/138 (Sociology); 266/333 (Economics)
Online ISSN: 1536-7150
The American Journal of Economics and Sociology (AJES) was founded in 1941, with support from the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, to encourage the development of transdisciplinary solutions to social problems. The journal is currently undergoing a transition. It is renewing its original mission by publishing thematic issues on institutional responses to contemporary disruptions of social harmony and environmental sustainability. Unsolicited manuscripts are not accepted.
The American Journal of Economics and Sociology is a peer-reviewed journal.
Aims and Scope
The American Journal of Economics and Sociology (AJES) was founded in 1941, with support from the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, to encourage the development of transdisciplinary solutions to social problems. In the introduction to the first issue, John Dewey observed that “the hostile state of the world and the intellectual division that has been built up in so-called ‘social science,’ are … reflections and expressions of the same fundamental causes.” Dewey commended this journal for its intention to promote “synthesis in the social field.”
Dewey wrote those words almost six decades after the social science associations split off from the American Historical Association in pursuit of value-free knowledge derived from specialized disciplines. Since he wrote them, academic or disciplinary specialization has become even more pronounced. Multi-disciplinary work is superficially extolled in major universities, but practices and incentives still favor highly specialized work. The result is that academia has become a bastion of analytic excellence, breaking phenomena into components for intensive investigation, but it contributes little synthetic or holistic understanding that can aid society in finding solutions to contemporary problems. Analytic work remains important, but in response to the current lop-sided emphasis on specialization, the board of AJES has decided to return to its roots by emphasizing a more integrated and practical approach to knowledge.
In order to develop a more synthetic approach to practical problems, the AJES board has decided to publish five thematic issues each year, with each issue devoted to a specific problem, condition, or methodological controversy that impinges on arriving at solutions. For the foreseeable future, the journal is not accepting unsolicited manuscripts. The editor-in-chief will select the topic for each issue and find suitable authors or select a guest editor to do the same. In keeping with the original mission of AJES and its founding by the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, the ideas of the American economic and social philosopher Henry George (1839-1897) will receive special consideration. Although George is best known for his views on taxation and the problems of concentrated land ownership, he also held prescient views on various social, historical, and philosophical topics such as racial equality, governance, competing theories of history, and the problem of theodicy. As these examples indicate, George was not merely interested in questions that would now be categorized as economic issues. His concern was with the human condition and the ways in which institutions support or undermine the full flourishing of the human spirit.
In all scientific research, even in the most seemingly neutral empirical investigation, there can never be a strict separation between fact and value, between positive and normative judgment. Choices of subject matter, methodology, and framing of issues all involve values. Rather than striving for artificial neutrality, the journal will encourage authors to advocate positions by articulating their presuppositions in terms of principles, policies, or methods.
The same principle applies to the journal itself. In the selection of topics for the journal and to some extent in the selection of authors, the journal will exhibit an ideological bias. At this stage, it is enough to say that the journal favors the economic preconditions for republican government: sufficient economic equality to permit every citizen to participate fully in public life. The editor will select topics that regard highly concentrated wealth and political power as problems. Over time, other editorial biases will become apparent.
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