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American Journal of Cultural Sociology
Palgrave Macmillan UK

American Journal of Cultural Sociology

Editor: J. Alexander; R.N. Jacobs; P. Smith
Managing Editor: Shai Dromi

ISSN: 2049-7113 (print version)
ISSN: 2049-7121 (electronic version)

Journal no. 41290

Palgrave Macmillan UK


Welcome to the American Journal of Cultural Sociology.
Launched in 2013 the American Journal of Cultural Sociology aims to provide a single space where cultural sociologists can follow the latest developments and debates within the field

AJCS launches its first CROWD REVIEW

The AJCS editorial team are excited to undertake a review process with a twist, for a forthcoming special issue on the US Election. While traditionally peer review of articles is executed anonymously, the AJCS team are cracking open the process and opening up submissions for public critique.
Posted on an open blog platform, the AJCS crowd review is hosted here and we invite scholars, readers and anyone with a contribution to make to comment and build a conversation around each submission.
The ability to comment closed on 15th March 2017 and authors are currently being given the opportunity to revise their papers before they are submitted to the journal’s typical peer review process.
Watch this space for news of when these crowd reviewed articles are formally published!

AJCS selected for the Thomson Reuters Emerging Sources Citation Index!

We are delighted to announce that the American Journal of Cultural Sociology will now be indexed in Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science Core Collection, in the new Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)!
Starting with issue 4.1 (February 2016), AJCS will be included in a new index, ESCI, which launched in 2015. This index extends the publications discoverable in Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science Core Collection to include high-quality, peer-reviewed publications in emerging scientific fields and of regional importance. The Thomson Reuters Web of Science is one of the most trustworthy sources for citation counts, and AJCS’s inclusion in the ESCI provides greater discoverability for the journal and allows for real-time insight into the citation performance.
AJCS is already indexed by SCOPUS, a database listing journals and country scientific indicators and rankings. Inclusion into Web of Science within our first four years of publishing is a huge milestone!

AJCS performance: key stats

As the American Journal of Cultural Sociology prepares to expand its mode of conversation further into the publication of Book Reviews, we are pleased to share the consistent and impressive performance of the journal so far. Since the journal's inaugural issue in 2013, our editorial team have communicated decisions to their authors an average of 53 days after initial submission of a research article. Once a manuscript is accepted and sent to production, authors have seen their articles made available online, at the AJCS Online First page, an average of just 39 days later. These figures are testament to the dedication of the editorial office and we thank the team for their continued hard work!
If you have a paper that you would like to submit to the journal, please check out our Instructions for Authors button from the menu.

New free-to-view articles highlight an important sociology of art debate

The sociology of art has been hobbled by the inability to give aesthetic objects their due while putting them into a broader, social context at the same time. With this no-holds-barred debate among some of that field's most innovative practitioners, the AJCS helps bring art sociology up to speed. Nylander's work on jazz brings a new level of complexity to field theory. In their critical responses, Hennion pushes ANT into the realm of aesthetic feeling, and McCormick lays out a Strong Program model of musical performance. Check out the free-to-view articles on the 'Free Articles' button.

Dedicated Book Reviews Editor appointed to AJCS

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Isaac Ariail Reed as Book Reviews Editor for the American Journal of Cultural Sociology. The addition of Dr. Reed to the editorial team is a welcome expansion of the journal's activities and will broaden the scope of the conversation that AJCS promotes.
Authors interested in submitting a Book Review to AJCS should contact Dr. Reed at iar2c@virginia.edu.

American Journal of Cultural Sociology accepted into Scopus

We are delighted to announce that AJCS has been accepted into Elsevier's international indexing database, Scopus. The reviewers of the title commented, “this is an outstanding journal with a great team of editors and an internationally prominent editorial board, top-notch authors, interesting papers, and a citation record that older, more established journals must envy”. We are very proud indeed of this journal, as it has only just completed its second volume and is therefore very young to be included. Our warmest congratulations and thanks to everyone involved, but particularly our team of editors.

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  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope


    From modernity's onset, social theorists have been announcing the death of meaning, at the hands of market forces, impersonal power, scientific expertise, and the pervasive forces of rationalization and industrialization. Yet, cultural structures and processes have proved surprisingly resilient. Relatively autonomous patterns of meaning - sweeping narratives and dividing codes, redolent if elusive symbols, fervent demands for purity and cringing fears of pollution - continue to exert extraordinary effects on action and institutions. They affect structures of inequality, racism and marginality, gender and sexuality, crime and punishment, social movements, market success and citizen incorporation. New and old new media project continuous symbolic reconstructions of private and public life.

    As contemporary sociology registered the continuing robustness of cultural power, the new discipline of cultural sociology was born. How should these complex cultural processes be conceptualized? What are the best empirical ways to study social meaning? Even as debates rage around these field-specific theoretical and methodological questions, a broadly cultural sensibility has spread into every arena of sociological study, illuminating how struggles over meaning affect the most disparate processes of contemporary social life.

    Bringing together the best of these studies and debates, the American Journal of Cultural Sociology (AJCS) publicly crystallizes the cultural turn in contemporary sociology. By providing a common forum for the many voices engaged in meaning-centered social inquiry, the AJCS will facilitate communication, sharpen contrasts, sustain clarity, and allow for periodic condensation and synthesis of different perspectives. The journal aims to provide a single space where cultural sociologists can follow the latest developments and debates within the field.

    We welcome high quality submissions of varied length and focus: contemporary and historical studies, macro and micro, institutional and symbolic, ethnographic and statistical, philosophical and methodological. Contemporary cultural sociology has developed from European and American roots, and today is an international field. The AJCS will publish rigorous, meaning-centered sociology whatever its origins and focus, and will distribute it around the world.

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