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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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Inequality in the 21st Century: a day-long engagement with Thomas Piketty|

11 May 2015, Old Theatre, LSE

A day-long seminar with Thomas Piketty, whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been of global significance in shaping debates about inequality across the globe. The workshop will be hosted by LSE's new International Inequalities Institute with the Department of Sociology at LSE and the British Journal of Sociology, which ran a special issue of reviews on Piketty's book in the December  2014 Issue|, several contributors to which will be involved in these discussions.

There will be four sessions and the event will be ticketed. Please follow the link Inequality in the 21st Century on the Department page| to access the draft programme


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)


Ulrich Beck

The editorial team, editorial board and staff of the BJS are all deeply saddened by the death of Ulrich Beck. Besides bing a member of our International Board since 2001, Professor Beck has been a highly significant presence in the Journal. He was one of our most successful authors, publishing 10 articles between 1995 and 2014 (free access to all his pieces has been arranged), and the founding speaker (in 2000) in the BJS Annual lecture series. His 2000 paper 'The cosmopolitan perspective: sociology of the second age of modernity|' was one of the best-cited  articles in the Journal's history, while the 2010 Special Issue he co-edited with Edgar Grand,'Varieties of second modernity: extra-European experiences and perspectives',| continues to be highly successful.  Professor Beck was also a regular and generous assessor for articles submitted to the Journal, producing comments for our authors that set impeccable standards both for their level of detail and their combination of critique and encouragement. Many tributes (follow this link to the LSE  obituary page|) will be paid to the importance of his work and scholarship, and we join with others  in underlining his lasting significance for sociology as a discipline. But in addition to this, we will remember his personal qualities, the generosity and conviviality of Professor Beck. He was a true friend to the Journal  who neverl failed to show interest and enthusiasm for what we were publishing and our future plans. His advice was as willingly given as it was gratefully received.  We will miss him greatly.

Troy Duster

BJS 2014 Annual Public Lecture, 6 November|, Troy Duster, University of  California, Berkeley and New York University. presented 'A Post-Genomic Surprise: The Molecular Reinscription of Race in Science, Law and Medicine'. In his thought-provoking lecture he explored the resurgence of the idea that racial taxonomies deployed to explain complex social behaviours and outcomes (such as crime, academic performance, and massive health disparities) have a biological and genetic basis. Watch the podcast of the lecture|

New:  View the 2014 Public Lecture podcast interview| between Troy Duster and Nigel Dodd


BJS 2014 Prize Winners announcement:

We are delighted to announce that the paper '"The whole is always smaller than its parts" a digital test of Gabriel Tardes' monads' by Bruno Latour, Pablo Jensen, Tommaso Venturini, Sebastian Grauwin and Dominique Bouille, BJS  December 2012, is the winner of the 2014 BJS Prize. See the comment from Bruno Latour.| (or follow the Tab for the BJS Prize)

Listen to the BJS Prize Podcast by Bruno Latour|

Piketty Symposium - BJS December 2014 issue
The BJS has published a symposium  dedicated to discussing Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century. It brings together leading scholars from many social science disciplines,  based at the LSE,  to explore what has undoubtedly been the most significant academic text published during the past year. Contributors have been asked to reflect critically on Piketty's text: to assess its significance, evaluate its main arguments and recommendations and consider its broader implications for the analysis of inequality.  Those taking part include: Mike Savage, John Holmwood, Tony Atkinson, Laura Bear, Diane Perrons, Jonathan Hopkins, David Piachaud, Frank Cowell, David Soskice, and Gareth Jones.  We are delighted to confirm that Thomas Piketty has also agreed to write a contribution to what promises to be a very thought-provoking issue. (Access to this issue will be free, i.e. no subscription will be necessary.)

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The BJS - Shaping Sociology Over  60 Years |

The BJS turns 60 this year. Follow this link for free access to The BJS - Shaping Sociology Over 60 Years|

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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.

Rank No of Downloads Article Title Volume, Issue, Month and Year
1 449 Declining inequality? The changing impact of socio-economic Background and ability on education in Australia Vol. 54 (4) Dec 2003 G. Marks et al.
2 267 Mobile sociology Vol. 51 (1) March 2000 John Urry
3 248 The globalization of football: a study in the glocalization of the 'serious life' Vol. 55 (4), December 2004 Richard Giulianotti  et al.
4 230 The retreat of multiculturalism in the liberal state: theory and policy Vol. 55(2), June 2004 Christian Joppke
5 190 Sexual politics, torture, and secular time Vol.59 (1) March 2008 Judith Butler
6 183 The cosmopolitan imagination: critical cosmopolitanism and social theory Vol.57 (1) March 2006 Gerard Delanty
7 167 Materials for an exploratory theory of the network society Vol.51(1) March 2000 Manuel Castells
8 163 Social media int he 2011 Egyptian uprising Vol. 65(2) June 2014 Roberty Brym et al.
9 156 Cultural capital or relative risk aversion? Two mechanisms for educational inequality  compared

Vol.58(3) Sept

Herman G. Van De Werfhorst et al.
10 148 2004 American Sociological Association Presidential  Address: for public sociology Vol. 56(2) June 2005 Michael Burrawoy
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