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British Journal of Sociology

The British Journal of Sociology  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Br. J. Sociol.
Discipline Sociology
Language English
Edited by Nigel Dodd
Publication details
Wiley Blackwell for the London School of Economics (United Kingdom)
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
Impact factor
ISSN 0007-1315 (print)
1468-4446 (web)
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The British Journal of Sociology is a peer-reviewed academic journal that was established in 1950 at the London School of Economics.[1] It represents the mainstream of sociological thinking and research and publishes high quality papers on all aspects of the discipline, by academics from all over the world.

The journal has been considered to be among "the highest-status journals [that] are the leaders in their particular field".[2] It is one of the three main sociology journals in the United Kingdom, along with Sociology and The Sociological Review.[3]

The main founders were the sociologists Morris Ginsberg and Thomas Humphrey Marshall. Their intended title, "The London Journal of Sociology", seems to have been changed by the publisher before the first issue was brought out.[4]

In the course of 1991–1994, a controversy between John Goldthorpe and others was carried on in its pages, regarding the merits and weaknesses of current historical sociology.[5]

The most highly cited article, "Class Analysis and the Reorientation of Class Theory: The Case of Persisting Differentials in Educational Attainment" by John Goldthorpe, was cited 437 times as of 10 April 2012.


  1. ^ A. H. Halsey, A History of Sociology in Britain: Science, Literature, and Society (Oxford University Press, 2004), p. 183.
  2. ^ Peter Woods, Successful Writing for Qualitative Researchers (Routledge, 2nd edition, 2006), p. 133.
  3. ^ A. H. Halsey, A History of Sociology in Britain, Oxford University Press, 2004, p. 183
  4. ^ Frances Heidensohn and Richard Wright , "The British Journal of Sociology at Sixty", Shaping Sociology over 60 Years (2010), pp. 1-6.
  5. ^ Robert Fine and Daniel Chernilo, "Classes and Nations in Recent Historical Sociology", in Handbook of Historical Sociology, edited by Gerard Delanty and Engin Fahri Isin (SAGE Publications, 2003), p. 248.

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