About

“The BJS, a publication offering critical review essays of recent literature, challenges social science to confront the crises of the world with intellectual creativity, theoretical competence, and historical awareness.”

–Jeffrey Schevitz, from a 1967 BJS editorial

The Berkeley Journal of Sociology is a graduate student-run journal that has been in publication since 1955. It has traditionally published research papers by graduate students alongside essays and articles by many of the leading sociologists of the 20th century—C. Wright Mills, Arthur Stinchcombe, Anthony Giddens, Charles Tilly, Theda Skocpol, Erik Olin Wright, Daniel Bell, Pierre Bourdieu, Jürgen Habermas, Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse have all contributed to the BJS over the course of nearly six decades. Rather than hewing to a single theoretical, thematic, or methodological focus, the BJS has tried to engage the leading edge of sociological scholarship throughout its history—from debates over functionalism in the 1960s and the infusion of Marxism and feminism into American sociology in the 1970s, to contemporary debates about the nature, prospects, and future of the Occupy movement.

The BJS is run by a collective of graduate students from the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology. It publishes an annual print issue that is distributed to subscribers, libraries, and sociology departments worldwide.