Humanity & Society, the official journal of the Association for Humanist Sociology, was first published in 1977 and has been published quarterly since 1978. Humanity & Society is a peer-reviewed Sage journal with abstracts of published articles appearing in Sociological Abstracts. It features “humanist sociology,” which is broadly defined as a sociology that views people not only as products of social forces but also as agents in their lives and the world. We are committed to a sociology that contributes to a more humane, equal, and just society.
Please direct your inquiries and ideas to:
Daina Cheyenne Harvey, Editor-In-Chief, at firstname.lastname@example.org &
Emma Lesser, Managing Editor, at email@example.com.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Humanity & Society publishes articles on a wide variety of topics that include but are not limited to: studies of inequality (class, race, and/or gender); war, peace, and international relations; aging and gerontology; environmental sociology; globalization; gender and sexuality; health and mental health; social theory; sociology of knowledge and science, and linguistics; social psychology; teaching and sociology practice; social change, humanism and human rights; crime and deviance; ethnic and intergroup relations, and others.
In keeping with the values of the membership, the journal uses an open peer-review process where authors and reviewers are identified. In our view, this does not diminish the rigor, integrity, and validity of the peer-review process. Rather, we believe it creates a more open and honest dialogue between authors and reviewers. We find this helps to generate the kind of constructive criticism that is most conducive to improving the article, as opposed to the “destructive criticism” that too easily occurs in more traditional double-blind peer-review processes. In this light, the editorial staff is fully committed to mentoring new scholars to facilitate their professional development.
|Daina Cheyenne Harvey||College of the Holy Cross, USA|
|Emma Lesser||University of Connecticut, USA|
|Bhoomi K. Thakore||Elmhurst College, USA|
|Shawn Bingham||University of South Florida, USA|
|Jill Bystydzienski||Ohio State University, USA|
|Mary Chayko||Rutgers University, USA|
|Woody Doane||University of Hartford, USA|
|Corey Dolgon||Stonehill College, USA|
|Greta Pennell||University of Indianapolis, USA|
|Janine Schipper||Northern Arizona University, USA|
|Joti Sekhon||Winston-Salem State University, USA|
|Alan Spector||Purdue University Calumet, USA|
|Melissa Weiner||College of the the Holy Cross, USA|
|Stephen D. Adair||Central Connecticut State University, USA|
|David Brunsma||Virginia Tech, USA|
|Alfreed DeFreece||Roosevelt University, USA|
|Rick Eckstein||Villanova University, USA|
|Mary Erdmans||Case Western University, USA|
|Kathleen J. Fitzgerald||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA|
|Devon Goss||University of Connecticut, USA|
|Daina Harvey||College of the Holy Cross, USA|
|Rebecca Hensley||Southeastern Louisiana University, USA|
|Shirley Jackson||Southern Connecticut State University, USA|
|Paul R. Ketchum||University of Oklahoma, USA|
|Chuck Koeber||Wichita State University, USA|
|Tony Ladd||Loyola University of New Orleans, USA|
|Melissa Lavin||State University of New York at Oneonta, USA|
|James Pennell||University of Indiana at Indianapolis, USA|
|Victor Ray||University of Tennessee-Knoxville, USA|
|Louise Seamster||The University of Tennessee, USA|
|Bilal Dabir Sekou||University of Hartford, USA|
|Saher Selod||Simmons College, USA|
|Hephzibah Strmic-Pawl||Manhattanville College, USA|
|Jeff Torlina||Utah Valley University|
|Shelley White||Simmons College, Boston|
|Johnny Williams||Trinity College, USA|
|J. Talmadge Wright||Loyola University Chicago, USA|
The editors cordially invite you to submit your work for possible publication in Humanity & Society. The journal strives to publish strong theoretical and/or empirical contribution to humanist questions and issues that are sociological in nature. Research articles should conform to the latest edition of the American Sociological Association’s Style Guide, and may have a length of 10,000 words or less. Sections in a manuscript should include the following elements (in this order):
(1) Title page
(3) Personal Reflexive Statement(s)
(5) Notes, if applicable
(7) Tables, if applicable
(8) Figures, if applicable
(9) Appendices, if applicable.
They must include (in this order): Title page, Abstract, Personal Reflexive Statement(s), and Text.
1. Title page. Please include the following: (1) Full article title, (2) Acknowledgments and credits, (3) Each author’s complete name and institutional affiliation(s), (4) Grant numbers and/or funding information, and (5) Corresponding author (name, address, phone/fax, e-mail).
2. Abstract. Print the abstract (150 to 200 words) on a separate page headed by the full article title.
3. Personal Reflexive Statement. The Personal Reflexive Statement provides an account of the author’s perspectives about and personal commitment to the subject matter of the article. It is appropriate to include the author’s experiences as a social activist. Include a Personal Reflexive Statement for each author unless a single statement is appropriate. Print the Personal Reflexive Statement(s) (150 to 200 words) on the Abstract page directly below the Abstract.
In addition to publishing articles, we also publish action notes (which describe activism the writer has participated in or observed) and provocative “final thoughts.” Action notes are “calls to action” based on your social observations or discussions around how to put theory into action. They are half of the length of research papers (approximately 5,000 words, including all materials) and will be peer-reviewed.
At the end of each issue we hope to pique reader interest with a “Final Thought” Page. This may come in the form of a provocative image that carries a sociological or social change message, an interview with a sociologist talking about her/his craft, or even a cartoon analysis of our social world. We want these ventures to be provocative, humorous, even perplexing. Please submit your “Final Thought” along with a description and/or interpretation of it to explain how the image/idea presented is relevant to social life.
All submissions should be made electronically at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/has. Please follow the instructions for creating an account. Then the system will walk you through a step-by-step process for manuscript submission.
Book Review Submissions
Humanity & Society (H&S) offers a book review section that aims to offer thoughtful summaries and appraisals of recently released books germane to humanist sociology. Reviewers are asked to keep the H&S mission in mind when reviewing. Humanist sociology is broadly defined as a sociology developed through rigorous and critical analyses of inequality, exploitation, and injustice while undergirded by an earnest commitment to generate knowledge that can be used to ameliorate social suffering. We are committed to a sociology that contributes to a more humane, equal, and just society and that invites diverse perspectives and forms of knowledge into the conversation.
H&S reviews books in thematic bundles. This, we believe, enhances the effectiveness of the reviews, as they can be situated in a collection of topically similar texts that deliver contrasting theoretical and empirical approaches. To this end, we encourage our reviewers to address not only how individual books contribute to their own specialized field of knowledge, but to also think of the broader implications of the study and its insights for understanding the general process of stratification and social change among other contemporary approaches.
H&S generally does not publish unsolicited book reviews. However, we are always interested in being alerted to new books that speak to the humanist sociological tradition and to new people who wish to review those books. If you would like to suggest a book for review, please send the full bibliographic information about the book to the book review editor, Selina R. Gallo-Cruz at the address below. Also, if you would like to be considered as a book reviewer, please send a copy of curriculum vitae and a list of at least three general and three specific (no more than six) key subject areas in which you would be comfortable reviewing, to the book review editor. Please note that book reviews are limited to 750-1000 words, depending on the number of entries per issue.
Selina R. Gallo-Cruz
Book Review Editor, Humanity & Society
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Multimedia Review Submissions
Recognizing the multiple modalities of communication and how presentations enhance our sociological understanding of the complex realities of the 21st century, Humanity & Society announces the introduction of media reviews. We invite reviewers of sociological messages in photography, web-based art, websites, popular films and documentaries, radio broadcasts, and multimedia presentations. We also invite suggestions for media reviews.
*Please note that book reviews should be sent to our book review editor, Selina Gallo-Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org. As a generalist sociology journal, Humanity & Society publishes media reviews on a wide variety of topics. We are particularly interested in media presentations that are relevant to humanist sociology. Humanist sociology is broadly defined as a sociology that views people not only as products of social forces but also as agents in their lives and the world. We are committed to a sociology that contributes to a more humane, equal, and just society.
The journal welcomes reviewers from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives, including activists, graduate students, and practitioners in fields other than sociology. Potential reviewers are also encouraged to contact the Media Editor, Bhoomi K. Thakore, with suggestions for reviews in their areas of interest and expertise.
Agreement to prepare a review for Humanity & Society assumes that the reviewer has no substantial material or personal connection to the material or to the producer. Reviews in violation of this guideline will not be published.
Written submissions should not exceed 1,000 words. Reviews should also include your:
& Titles and dates published, along with URLs for electronic and multimedia presentations.
If you think any additional contextual information would be useful, please include it with your submission/review.
To review for Humanity & Society, or to offer suggestions for reviews, please contact our Media Editor, Bhoomi K. Thakore, with a brief summary of your interest and prior reviewing experience at email@example.com.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.