When I began graduate school at UC Berkeley in 2014, talk of “public sociology” was in the air. Although neither I nor the other graduate students around me seemed to know exactly what this meant, this did not prevent me from taking inspiration —and license— from my new department’s commitment to it. I reached out […]
The COVID-19 crisis has activated two sides of our current biopolitical order. On the one hand, a mix of governmental organizations and private firms have developed public health measures to address the pandemic and its consequences at multiple social scales: from shelter-in-place ordinances at the state level, mask production and distribution, to vaccine requirements for […]
How did a group of students who “would rather be teaching,” come to organize, sustain, and finally emerge as victors in a campus-wide movement? This photo-essay analyzes the role of emotions, injustice framing, and interaction rituals in a successful graduate student labor movement at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Berkeley Journal of Sociology is seeking submissions. Our aim is to provide critical perspectives from the social sciences on public debates and current events as well as critical reviews of social scientific knowledge. Please circulate this call.
This article analyzes the recent #MeToo campaign through the lens of the notions of testimonial and hermeneutical injustice, formulated by Miranda Fricker as the two most typical instances of epistemic injustice.
Stepnitz argues that the waning relevance of current refugee law creates a space in which the legal conception of the refugee can and must be challenged. Through the work of the Berlin-based Center for Political Beauty, she explores one way in which art offers an alternative vision in which refugees are rearticulated first and foremost as human and welcome.
In the wake of the 2016 translation of sociologist Didier Eribon’s penetrating memoir, Returning to Reims into German, Ben Trott calls for a critical re-engagement with the intersections of sexuality, class, nation, and resistance.
Many objects punctuate the urban landscape and reveal the narrative of the people who designed and built it. The dead pay phone is one such object.
What are the consequences of applying an ecological framework to the understanding of social movement groups? Where does ecological thinking take analyses of collective struggle?
Shelly Steward discusses the experience and challenges of teaching sociology at a community college in a conservative, rural area during the 2016 election cycle. She concludes that teaching introductory sociology can provide common tools for students to use that can bridge ideological divides, suggesting a need for quality sociology educators across educational institutions.
The BJS is seeking contributions that critically reflect on leftist organizing against white supremacy and right-wing politics, such as Antifa, Black Lives Matter, BAMN, Redneck Revolt, etc. Submissions can engage with sociological subfields including, but not limited to, social movements, gender, race and ethnicity, politics, violence, and law.