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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. 

Troy Duster

BJS 2014 Annual Public Lecture, 6 November|, 6.30-8.00pm Sheikh Zayed Theatre, NAB, LSE (Free entry)

Troy Duster, University of  California, Berkeley and New York University. will present 'A Post-Genomic Surprise: The Molecular Reinscription of Race in Science, Law and Medicine'. He will explore 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.


Piketty Symposium - BJS December 2014 issue
The BJS is publishing a symposium  dedicated to discussing Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century. It brings together leading scholars from many social science disciplines, mostly 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|


BJS Prize 2014
The 2014 BJS Prize will be announced and presented at the BJS 2014 Annual Public Lecture on 6 November 2014.

Photograph of Anthony King

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 Volumn, Issue, Month and Year
1 428 Political power beyond the State: problematics of government Vol. 61, s1, Jan 2010 Nikolas Rose & Peter Miller
2 220 Olympic and world sport: making transnational society? Vol. 63, 2, June 2012 Richard Giulianotti & Susan Brownell
3 172 Mapping the global football field: a sociological model of transnational forces within the world game Vol. 63, 2, June 2012 Richard Giulianotti & Roland Robertson
4 148 Human rights and the Beijing Olympics: imagined global community and the transnational public sphere Vol. 63, 2, June 2012 Susan Brownell
5 136 The bid, the lead-up, the event and the legacy: global cultural politics and hosting the Olympics Vol. 63, 2, June 2012 David Rowe
6 134 Citizenship, immigration, and the European social project: rights and obligations of individuality Vol. 63, 1, Mar 2012 Yasemin Nuhoglu Soysal
7 129 Planning for the worst: risk, uncertainty and the Olympic Games Vol. 63, 2, June 2012 Philip Boyle & Kevin D. Haggerty
8 127 Sexual politics, torture, and secular timeSexual politics, torture, and secular time Vol. 63, 2, June 2012 Pete Fussey, Jon Coaffee, Gary Armstrong & Dick Hobbs
9 126 The globalization of football: a study in the glocalization of the ‘serious life’ Vol. 55, 4, Dec 2004 Richard Giuilianotti & Roland Robertson
10 124 Why different countries manage death differently: a comparative analysis of modern urban societies Vol. 63, 1, Mar 2012 Tony Walter

The regeneration games: purity and security in the Olympic city


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Vol. 63, 2, June 2012