Since 1955, graduate students of the Berkeley Sociology Department have annually published the Berkeley Journal of Sociology to "[challenge] social science to confront the crises of the world with intellectual creativity, theoretical competence, and historical awareness.” At a time when few professional journals accepted work from graduate students and junior faculty, the BJS served as an important venue for rising generations of scholars. Some of the the foremost sociologists of the 20th century have appeared in the journal, among them C. Wright Mills, Arthur Stinchcombe, Anthony Giddens, Charles Tilly, Theda Skocpol, Daniel Bell, Pierre Bourdieu, Jürgen Habermas, Theodor Adorno, and Herbert Marcuse.
Over the past year, the BJS has undergone a major revision. Starting with the 2014 issue, the BJS will no longer publish academic research articles. Instead, the efforts of the journal will focus on writing a “history of the present.” We believe that sociologists can provide unique insights, interpretations and analyses about history as it unfolds before our eyes. Some of our authors are professional academics; others are activists, organizers or artists who think sociologically. They contribute essays, commentaries, interviews, and visual narratives about a wide range of topics and places, but are united in their critical and reflexive take on contemporary society.
The Journal does not adhere to any particular school of thought. Instead, it is the stated aim of the BJS to contribute to public debates by utilizing sociological knowledge to contest unquestioned assumptions, complicate common sense, challenge spurious empirics, supply theoretical frameworks, and mount political critiques—in other words, to regard the interpretation of the social world as a constituent element of attempts to change it.
New content is published several times per week at berkeleyjournal.org. Please visit the website as well to order copies of the print journal or to submit content to the BJS.