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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 2019 winning article by Anna Anderson is available for free: Anderson, A. (2019) 'Parrhesia: Accounting for different contemporary relations between risk and politics'. Journal of Sociology,

Managing Editor:

Sky Hugman


  • Dr Sara Amin, The University of the South Pacific, Fiji.
  • Dr Marcelle Dawson, University of Otago, New Zealand.
  • Associate Professor Catriona Elder, The University of Sydney.
  • Dr Shawna Tang, The University of Sydney.
  • Professor Robert van Krieken, Professor of Sociology, Sydney University.
  • Professor Steven Ratuva, Director of Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury.
  • Dr Joshua Roose, Director of the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society, Australian Catholic University (ECR).
  • Professor Maggie Walter, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Aboriginal Research and Leadership, University of Tasmania.
  • Dr Robert Webb, Senior Lecturer, Criminology, The University of Auckland.
  • Associate Professor Holly Thorpe, Human Development and Movement Studies, The University of Waikato

Book Review Editor: 
Dr Clare Southerton, Aarhus University, Denmark

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

Sample issues of JoS are available.

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”. You can listen to Mitchell discussing his article here.

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

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

2017 - 2020
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
Alphia Possamai-Inesedy

2009 - 2012
Andy Bennett, Griffith University

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

2006 - 2009
John Scott, University of New England


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.