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2017 – 2019 Editors in Chief:

A/Prof. Steve Matthewman

Dr Kate Huppatz







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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.

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, University of New South Wales.

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.

Best Paper Award

The Sage/TASA Best Paper Award for the Journal of Sociology (JoS) is a biennial 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 two years 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 in even years at the TASA annual conference. The Award is sponsored by Sage. 

The full details are available here.

Journal of Sociology - Special Issues


The Expression of Interest deadline for the 2021 Special Edition was June 24, 2019. CALL FOR PAPERS for the Journal of Sociology, 2021 Special Issue: Imagining rural futures in times of uncertainty and possibility: Progressing a transformative research agenda for rural sociology


The Expression of Interest deadline for the 2020 Special Edition was July 9, 2018.


The Expression of Interest deadline for the 2019 Special Edition was July 31, 2017.


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A copy of the call for editors can be viewed in Word and Pdf


March Special Edition – Call for Editors closed October 7, 2013.

The Journal of Sociology is an international journal published four times a year by Sage. Each year the Editors invite expressions of interest from the international community of sociological scholars in guest editing a Special Edition of the Journal. Special Editions may address any sociological theme which is likely to be of interest to the Journal readership. Papers featured in special editions are subject to the normal process of peer review. Selection of papers and coordination of the peer review process will be the responsibility of the Guest Editors. Papers may be selected either on the basis of invitation or via a general ‘call for papers’. Final copy for this special edition is due on Friday the 29th of August, 2014 and publication will be in March 2015. Submission deadline October 7th.



Teaching Sociology: reflections on the discipline
Special Issue of the JoS 49(4)
December 2013
Guest editors: Kirsten Harley and Kristin Natalier
Abstract submission deadline: December 12, 2012. Read on…




Youth: Identities, Transitions, Cultures
Guest Editors:
Dr Paula Geldens (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia) Dr Siân Lincoln (Liverpool John Moores University, England) Dr Paul Hodkinson (University of Surrey, England)

2013-2016 Editors

2013 – 2016 Journal of Sociology Editor in Chief : Dr Alphia Possamai-Inesedy

Managing Editor: Dr Alex Norman

Dr Rebecca OlsonProfessor Adam PossamaiProfessor Kerry RobinsonProfessor David RoweProfessor Deborah StevensonProfessor Rob StonesProfessor Bryan Turner

Book Review Editor: Dr Kate Huppatz

University of Western Sydney
Rm 1.1.68, Building 1, Bankstown
Locked Bag 1797, Penrith South DC
Penrith, 1797, NSW, Australia

Editorial Advisory Board – National

  • Associate Professor Jo Lindsay (TASA president) – Monash University, Australia
  • Associate Professor Debra King (immediate TASA Past President), Flinders University, Australia
  • Professor Michael Gilding – Swinburne University, Australia
  • Dr Lynda Cheshire – University of Queensland, Australia
  • Professor Raewyn Connell – University of Sydney, Australia
  • Professor Mark Western – University of Queensland, Australia
  • Emeritus Professor Gary Bouma – Monash University, Australia
  • Professor Doug Ezzy – University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Professor Deborah Lupton – University of Sydney, Australia
  • Professor Rob White – University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Dr Dan Woodman – University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Professor Johanna Wyn – University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Associate Professor Maria Zadoroznyj – University of Queensland, Australia
  • Associate Professor Jens Zinn – University of Melbourne, Australia

International Editorial Board

  • Margaret Abraham – Professor of Sociology, Hofstra University (NY); Vice President of Research of the International Sociological Association; on the following editorial boards: Gender and Society and Sociological Perspectives.
  • Said, A. Arjomand – Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology, University of New York
  • Jack Barbalet – Professor of Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Linda Woodhead – Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University
  • Kevin Dew – Professor of Sociology, Victoria University of Wellington.
  • Habibul Haque Khondker – Professor of Sociology, Zayed University Abu Dhabi
  • Travis S. K. Kong – Associate Professor of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong
  • Chang Kyung-Sup – Professor of Sociology, Seoul National University
  • David Lyon – Professor, Queen’s Research Chair in Surveillance Studies, Queen’s University, Canada.
  • Eloísa Martin – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Brasília, Brazil; Editor of Current Sociology
  • Patrick Michel – Professor of Sociology, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
  • Victoria Pitts-Taylor – Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for the study of Women and Society, CUNY.
  • James T. Richardson – Foundation Professor of Sociology and Judicial Studies, University of Nevada, Reno.


2009 - 2012 Editors

2009 – 2012 Journal of Sociology Editor in Chief : Prof. Andy Bennett

Managing Editor:

Russell Brennan


A/Prof Malcolm Alexander
Dr Sarah Baker
Dr Simone Fullagar
Dr Margaret Gibson
Dr Suzanne Goopy
A/Prof Georgina Murray
Dr Ian Woodward

Book Reviewer:

Young-Sook Lee –