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Welcome to BJS Online, the LSE hosted website for the BJS. The page enables access to the tables of contents for all the published copies of the Journal from 1950 through to the present. 

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2016 BJS Public Lecture
Thursday, 20 October 2016, at 6.30 p.m. in Old Theatre (Main Building), London School of Econonomics and Political Science, Houghton St., London WC2A 2AE

'Sociology of W.E. du Bois:  Why du Bois is the founder of American scientific sociology'

Aldon Morris, Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African and American Studies, Northwestern University, will discuss evidence from his book, The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology, showing Du Bois, an influential 20th century black scholar, was the founding father of modern scientific sociology..


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2015 Lecture Debate Interview

 On 15th October 2015, Professor Ricard Swedberg (Cornell University) gave a lecture entitled 'Before theory comes theorizing or how to make social science more interesting', Nigel Dodd interviews Richard Swedberg on why  paying more attention to  what happens in actual practice before a theory is formulated - what may be called the methods of habits of theorizing -  may considerably improve social science and sociology. View the interview here

Also, listen to his fascinating lecture  by following this link to the audio podcast of the lecture or watch the  Lecture via LSE Video Podcast,  YouTube or LSE Soundcloud.

John Urry
The BJS Editorial team, Board and staff of the BJS are  very saddened to hear of the death of John Urry. He was a very active Board member from 1998-2008, a very helpful assessor of papers, and the author of  many very successful and well-cited papers  including  'Social Networks, Travel and Talk' and 'Climate Change, Travel and Complex Futures',   He also edited a highly successful special issue entitled Sociology Facing the Next Millennium  that gathered together leading thinkers from the world of sociology  who had been asked to 'consider what the Millennium might indicate about the history of "human societies" and how sociology was facing up to the challenges and opportunities posed by what many saw as the millennial changes taking place' (BJS 5(1): 1).  The issue included his paper 'Mobile Sociology' a piece that was later  selected, by Caroline Knowles, as a paper of note published in the BJS in the  2000's to which she responded  in the BJS's 60th Anniversary Special Issue. She commented ' [H]is manifesto for sociology reveals the kind of grand plans that only theoreticians of Urry's standing have the courage to advance'  (Knowles 2010). His contributions to fostering the sociological imagination will be missed. A memorial webpage is in the process of being established and will go live shortly - you are welcome to share your memories of him there.


Launch of the BJS Early Career Prize

We are delighted to announce the launch of the BJS Early Career Prize for authors of papers published in the BJS in the first five years from the date they are awarded their PhD.   Consideration of papers is now open, and first award will be made in 2017.


Introduction of Special Sections

The BJS has introducied a new feature - Special Sections -  which consist of small clusters of 3-5 papers on a particular theme that may be either topical and  'in the news' or of cutting edge importance.  Read  the first special section, edited by Mike Savage and Christiana on Aesthetics and Social Change.


Piketty Special Issue of British Journal of Sociology

The special issue of BJS devoted to discussing Piketty which includes Mike Savage, John Holmwood. Jonathan Hopkin, David Soskice, Craig Calhoun,  Di Perrons, Tony Atkinson, Frank Cowell, David Piachaud, Laura Bear, Gareth Jones and with a response by Thomas is now live. Please see the special issue page on the Wiley website. (Access to this issue is free, i.e. no subscription necessary)


For older news please go to the News archive pages.

 The winner of the 2016 BJS Prize will be announced at the  BJS Annual Lecture which takes place  in October 2016.

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BJS Prize 2014 - a comment from Bruno Latour

The 2014 BJS Prize was announced and presented at the BJS 2014 Annual Public Lecture on 6 November 2014. Bruno Latour commented on behalf of his co-authors (Pablo Jensen, Tommaso Venturini, Sebastian Grauwin and Dominique Bouille): We are very honoured by your award especially because this is the first technical paper in English coming out of the medialab we created five years ago to connect social theory and what is now called 'big data' but that should really be called 'smart data' The medialab had been conceived largely to understand what Gabriel Tarde had in mind when he claimed that he could quantify social connections with better tools than statistics (he was himself the head of criminal statistics at the Ministry of Justice and his data set had been used by Marcel Mauss to feed Durkheim's book on suicide, a book where the said Durkheim  was more than happy to 'trash' Tarde's insights...) So, since  2004 I have assembled a multidisciplinary group with a biologist (it happens that bacteria are great for testing Tarde's theory!), cognitive scientists, media students and of course science studies scholars to see how we could 'operationalise'  Tarde with the web data newly available.  But it is only with the help of two physicists (PabloJensen and Sebastian Grauwin) and the medial lab researchers (Dominique Bouiller in media stdies and Tommaso Venturini in mapping controversies) that we have been able to see how the obscure notion of 'monads' could be made more amenable to empirical analysis.  To be complete I should add the technical director of the medialab, Paul Girard, whose role was essential in helping us through the long process.  There is of course a long way to go! Once again, we are very proud and thank you very much for such an honour.  Tarde vindicated by the Britts a century later, that's really great!



Listen to the Podcast by Bruno Latour

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BJS Prize 2012
We are delighted to announce that Professor Anthony King (Sociology and Philosophy, University of Exeter) has been awarded the 2012 Prize for his paper 'The Afghan War and 'postmodern' memory: commemoration and the dead of Helmund' (BJS, Vol. 61,March 2010).

Listen to the fascinating  podcast by Anthony King who comments on his motivation for  writing of this paper.

Clare Saunders

Dr. Clare Saunders awarded the BJS Prize

We are delighted to announce that the BJS Prize in 2009 has been awarded to Dr. Clare Saunders (School of Social Sciences, Southampton University) for her paper: 'Double-edged swords? Collective identity and solidarity in the environment movement' (BJS, Vol 59, June 2009)


Podcast by Clare Saunders

This is the first BJS Prize to be awarded.  It is a biennial prize given to the author of an article published in the BJS that in the opinion of the judges makes an outstanding contribution to increasing sociological knowledge.

For details of previous prize awards please go to Prizes and awards page.
Rank No of Downloads Article Title Volume, Issue, Month and Year
1 637 Revitalizing sociology: urban life and mental illness between history and the present Vol. 67(1) March 2016 Des Fitzgerald, Nikolas Rose Ilina Singh
2 288 The globalization of football: a study  in the glocalization of the 'serious life' Vol.55(4) Dec 2004 Richard Guilianotti Roland Robertson
3 190 Before theory comes theorizing or how to make social science more interestng Vol.67(1) Mar 2016  Richard Swedberg
4 166 Making a difference: ethical consumption and the everyday Vol. 61(2) June 2010

Matthew Adams Jayne Raisborough

5 161 Mythscapes: memory, mythology, and antional identity Vol.54(1) Mar 2003 Duncan E. Bell
6 159 Beyond the binge in 'booze Britain': market-led liminalization and the spectacle of binge drinking Vol. 58(3) Sept 2007 Keith Hayward,  Dick Hobbs
7 150 Beck, individualization and the death of class: a critique Vol.58(3) Sept 2007 Will Atkinson
8 147 Surveillant assemblage Vol. 51(4) Dec 2003 Kevin D. Haggerty         Richard V. Ericson
9 145 Political power beyond the State: problematics of government

Vol. 61(s1) Jan 2010

Nikolas Rose and Peter Miller
10 144 Sexual politics, torture, and secular time Vol. 59 Judith Butler
For older podcasts please go to Podcasts page.