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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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2015 BJS Public Lecture

 On 15th October 2015, Professor Ricard Swedberg (Cornell University) gave a lecture entitled 'Before theory comes theorising or how to make social science more interesting', He  discussed why paying more attention to  what happens in actual practice before a theory is formulated - what may be called the methods of habits of theorising - social science and sociology may be considerably improved.

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.


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.

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)


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!



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
1 363 The globalization of football: a study in the globalization of the 'serious life' Vol. 55 (4) December 2004 R.Giulianotti et al
2 281 After Piketty? Vol. 65(4) December 2014 B. Atkinson
3 217 The barbarism of civilization: cultural genocide and the 'stolen generations' Vol.50(2) June 1969   R. Krieken
4 213 Income inequality, poverty and crime across nations Vol. 65(3) September 2015 P.P. Pare et al.
5 206 Te retreat of multi-culturlism in the liberal state: theory and policy Vol.55(2) June 2004 C. Joppke
6 139 Designing out vulnerability, building in respect: violence, safety and sex work policy Vol. 58(1) March 2007 T. Sanders et al
7 137 The surveillant assemblage Vol.51(4) December 2000 K. Haggerty et al.
8 119 Sexual politics, torture and secular time, Vol. 59(1) March 2008 J. Butler
9 118 Racism and the sociological imagination

Vol. 59(4) December 2008

B. Carter et al.
10 112 Political power beyond the State: problematics of government: Vol. 61(s1) January 2010 N. Rose et al.
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