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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


Forthcoming in September 2015 issue: Book Review Symposium on Hard Times: Inequalities, Recession, Aftermath by Tom Clark and Anthony Heath.  Contributions by David Blanchflower, Kitty Stewart and Peter Taylor Gooby.


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)

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

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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!



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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
1 361 After Piketty? Vol. 65(4)  Dec 2014 A.B. Atkinson
2 313 The globalization of football: A study in the glocalization of the 'serious life' Vol. 65 (4) Dec 2014 Richard Giulianotti and Roland Robertson
3 259 The retreat of multiculturalism in the liberal state: theory and policy Vol. 55 (2), June 2004 Christian Joppke.
4 239 Income inequality, poverty and crime across nations Vol. 65(3), Sept 2014 Paul-Philippe Pare and Richard Felson
5 225 Piketty's challenge for sociology Vol. 65(4) Dec  2014 Mike Savage
6 217 Capital in the Twenty-First Century: A multidimensional approach to the history of capital and social classes Vol. 65 (4) Dec  2014 Thomas Piketty
7 179 Why 'class' is too soft a category to capture the explosiveness of social inequality at the beginning of the twenty-first century Vol.64(1) March 2013 Ulrich Beck
8 148 Occupy Wall Street in perspective Vol. 64(1) March 2013 Craig Calhoun
9 146 Sexual politics, torture, and secular time

Vol.59(3) Sept

Judith Butler
10 133 Piketty in the long run Vol. 65(4) Dec 2014 Frank A. Cowell
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