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Journal of Sociology

Aims and Scope 

The Journal of Sociology strives to publish original, high quality sociological scholarship in all its forms. We are committed to showcasing theory as well as applied sociology, incorporating both quantitative and qualitative research. We welcome interdisciplinary pieces with concerns that are sociological in nature, in an acknowledgement that sociological thinking takes place across a range of disciplines, such as in cultural, gender and organisation studies, and outside of the academy. The Journal engages in critical debate, through the development of special editions, book reviews, a commitment to emerging scholars and commentary on pressing issues. While the Journal is based in the Southern Hemisphere, and wishes to showcase intellectual works from the Asia-Pacific region, including Indigenous scholarship, we encourage submissions from across the globe.

 
The journal has a biennial Best Paper in JoS Award. The 2020 winning article by Joanna Kidman is available for free: Kidman J. Whither decolonisation? Indigenous scholars and the problem of inclusion in the neoliberal university. Journal of Sociology. 2020;56(2):247-262. doi:10.1177/1440783319835958

Editor in Chief:

Helen Forbes-Mewett, Monash University (top left image & RH of top right image)

Managing Editor:

Allegra Schermuly, Monash University

Editors:

  • JaneMaree Maher, Monash University (top right phone on left)
  • Neil Selwyn, Monash University
  • Bronwyn Carlson, Macquarie University
  • Yolande Strengers, Monash University
  • Brady Robards, Monash University
  • Nicholas Hookway, University of Tasmania
  • Naomi Pfitzner, Monash University
  • Charishma Ratnam, Monash University (& Book Review Editor)
  • Claire Tanner, Monash University

The National Expert Advisory Board can be viewed on the Sage website here.

Sample issues of JoS are available. To sign up for contents alerts for JoS please create an account or login here and update your alert settings to include Journal of Sociology. Instructions for signing up to content alerts and including JoS are available here (Pdf 689kb).

The Journal of Sociology was founded in 1965 , turning 50 in 2015. JoS Editor-in-Chief, Alphia Possamai-Inesedy has edited an E-Special as part of the celebration of both the Journal of Sociology and The Australian Sociological Association’s (TASA) 50th anniversary. This special issue provides the platform to examine the making of Australian sociology and the place of the Journal in the global sociological dialogue.

In his article Rethinking neoliberalism Mitchell Dean states that “There are many key questions concerning the current status of the notion of neoliberalism”. 

For further information on this journal, including submitting a manuscript, please go to the Sage website.


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JoS Video series with journal authors
JoS Video series with journal authors

 

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Current and previous Editors-in-Chief
Current and previous Editors-in-Chief
2021 - 2024:

Editor in Chief:
Helen Forbes-Mewett, Monash University

Managing Editor:
Allegra Schermuly, Monash University

Editors:
JaneMaree Maher, Monash University
Neil Selwyn, Monash University
Bronwyn Carlson, Macquarie University
Yolande Strengers, Monash University
Brady Robards, Monash University
Nicholas Hookway, University of Tasmania
Naomi Pfitzner, Monash University
Charishma Ratnam, Monash University (Book Review Editor)
Claire Tanner, Monash University

2017 - 2020
Editors-in-Chief:
Kate Huppatz, Western Sydney University, Australia and Steve Matthewman, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Editorial Board Members: 
Sara Amin, The University of the South Pacific, Fiji
Marcelle Dawson, University of Otago, New Zealand
Catriona Elder, University of Sydney, Australia
Joshua Roose, Australian Catholic University, Australia
Shawna Tang, University of Sydney, Australia
Holly Thorpe, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Robert van Krieken, University of Sydney, Australia
Maggie Walter, University of Tasmania, Australia
Robert Webb, University of Auckland, New Zealand

2013 - 2016
Editor-in-Chief: Alphia Possamai-Inesedy

Managing Editor: Dr Alex Norman

Editors:
Dr Rebecca Olson, Professor Adam Possamai, Professor Kerry Robinson, Professor David Rowe, Professor Deborah Stevenson, Professor Rob Stones, Professor Bryan Turner

Book Review Editor: Dr Kate Huppatz

2009 - 2012
Editor-in-Chief:
Andy Bennett, Griffith University

Managing Editor: Russell Brennan

Editorial Board Members: 
Sarah Baker, Griffith University
Margaret Gibson, Griffith University      
Ian Woodward, Griffith University
Malcolm Alexander, Griffith University
Simone Fullagar, Griffith University  
Suzanne Goopy, Griffith University            
Georgina Murray, Griffith University  
Russell Brennan, Griffith University

Book Reviewer: Young-Sook Lee, Griffith University


2006 - 2009
John Scott, University of New England

 

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Best Paper Award
Best Paper Award

The Sage/TASA Best Paper Award for the Journal of Sociology (JoS) is an annual process that uses academic peer review to select papers of outstanding quality published in JoS.

The prize is awarded to the paper judged by the panel to be the best published in the previous year of the Journal of Sociology. Symposia or parts of symposia, replies or rejoinders, notes and book reviews (but not review essays) are excluded from consideration.


The JoS BP Award is presented every year at the TASA annual conference. The Award is sponsored by Sage. The full details are available here. .




Kate Huppatz (L) and Steve Matthewman (R) congratulating Michelle Peterie on being the 2018 JoS Best Paper Award winner for Docility and Desert: government discourses of compassion in Australia’s asylum seeker debate

Journal of Sociology features high quality sociological scholarship in all its forms. We are dedicated to showcasing theory as well as applied sociology, quantitative and qualitative research. Interdisciplinary pieces are welcome, as are submissions from outside the academy. Based in the Southern Hemisphere and committed to intellectual works from the Asia-Pacific region, including Indigenous scholarship, we also encourage submissions from across the globe.


The full-text of over 90 peer-reviewed Sage journals encompassing over 63,000 articles are available online to TASA members. 


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