Vol. 5, #2, May 2004

Call for Papers:
Society and Consumption

Attention graduate students and untenured faculty:

The Berkeley Journal of Sociology (BJS) invites submissions of well-researched, theoretically interesting papers on issues relating to consumption for Volume 49, 2005. We are particularly interested in research that explores perspectives on consumption as a social experience and consumers as social actors.. Examples of possible topics include, but are not limited to, the intersection of consumption and:

  • identity (personal and group)
  • modernity/postmodernity
  • state and social movements
  • race and ethnicity
  • imperialism/development
  • culture
  • gender and sexuality
  • technology and the internet
Additional topics might include consumption in non-capitalist frameworks; brands and power; games and leisure in a consumer perspective; and the historical emergence and persistence of consumer societies.

The BJS provides graduate students and untenured faculty in the US and internationally with a forum for publishing original, high-quality sociological research. Many current academic luminaries published in the BJS early in their careers, including Pierre Bourdieu, Michael Burawoy, Craig Calhoun, Nancy Chodorow, Randall Collins, Peter Evans, Anthony Giddens, Jurgen Habermas, Arlie Hochschild, Saskia Sassen, Juliet Schor, Theda Skocpol and Erik Olin Wright.

Students and faculty from departments outside the discipline of sociology (such as political science, anthropology, cultural studies, etc.) are encouraged to submit articles that have a sociological orientation and pertain to such issues as listed above. Researchers may include suggestions for constructing social policy, but these suggestions should be strongly supported by empirical sociological research. Submissions for Volume 49 are due October 15th, 2004. All papers submitted to the journal will be considered for presentation at the 5th annual BJS conference in March 2005.

Send two paper copies of your submission, following the guidelines for contributor (http://sociology.berkeley.edu/bjs/guidelines.asp), to:

Berkeley Journal of Sociology
410 Barrows Hall #1980
Department of Sociology
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1980

Or send submission as an email attachment to: thejournal@berkeley.edu