Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

2015 Impact Factor: 1.000
2015 Ranking: 65/142 in Sociology | 24/39 in Urban Studies
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Charles Edgley University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Jeff Nash University of Arkansas, Little Rock

eISSN: 15525414 | ISSN: 08912416 | Current volume: 45 | Current issue: 5 Frequency: Bi-monthly

The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (JCE) is an international and interdisciplinary forum for research that uses ethnographic methods to examine how people act, interact, and construct meanings and identities in natural settings. These settings include groups, subcultures, organizations, and societies.

JCE brings you relevant material that examines a broad spectrum of social interactions and practices from a variety of academic disciplines including, but not limited to, Sociology, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, Health Studies, Anthropology, Management, and Marketing.

Recent and forthcoming articles explore the following issues:

  • Gender maneuvering and contested femininities in women’s roller derby
  • The “micropolitics of trouble” in college roommate relationships
  • Sex work and the global sex industry in Vietnam
  • Workplace bullying and its interactional and emotional consequences
  • Multicultural sororities and the reproduction of inequalities
  • Sound acts, somatic work, and the construction of sonic order
  • African American youth and their negotiation of unwelcome police encounters
  • Violent inmates and their use of street codes as formula stories
  • Polyamorous families and their relationships
  • “Dirty work” among veterinarian technicians
  • Youth crime and emotions contests in Canadian newspapers
  • Identity work and stigma management among women on parole
  • Place-work and the negotiation of belongingness in contested space
  • Affluent youth volunteers and their negotiation of class privilege
  • Holocaust survivors and the cross-generational transmission of trauma
  • Scrapbooking and the construction of family capital
  • Hegemonic masculinity and Southern rock music revivals
  • “Edgework” in a sadomasochist community
  • Rock climbers, claimsmaking, and intergroup conflict
  • Identity construction and transformation among environmental activists

About once each year, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography offers single-theme special issues devoted to topics of particular concern. Themes highlighted in recent and forthcoming special issues include:

  • Global Ethnography and Transnationalism
  • Constructing a Color Line in the 21st Century
  • Methodological Complexity and Seldom Told Tales from the Field
  • The Best of the 2010 Canadian Qualitatives Conference

From time to time, JCE also publishes review symposia or review essays. In the past, the symposia have focused on themes such as “Crisis in Representation” and “Queer Diasporas.” The review essays have addressed topics such as “Reading the Body through a Cultural Lens” and “Ethnographically Crossing Chasms.”


The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography publishes in-depth investigations of diverse people interacting in their natural environments to produce and communicate meaning. At its best, ethnography captures the strange in the familiar and the familiar in the strange. JCE is committed to pushing the boundaries of ethnographic discovery by building upon its 30+ year tradition of top notch scholarship.

Managing Editor
Charles Edgley University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Deputy Editors, Sociology
Carissa Froyum University of Northern Iowa
Shaunna Scott University of Kentucky
Deputy Editor, Anthropology
Paul Stoller West Chester University
Deputy Editor, Communications
Tamar Katriel University of Haifa
Deputy Editor, Criminal Justice
Jody Miller Rutgers School of Criminal Justice
Deputy Editor, Education
David M. Fetterman Fetterman & Associates
Deputy Editor, Health Studies
Monica Casper Vanderbilt University
Deputy Editor, Management
Mitchel Abolafia State University of New York, Albany
Deputy Editor, Marketing
Eric Arnould University of Nebraska
Associate Editors
Mitchel Abolafia State University of New York, Albany
Tony E. Adams Northeastern Illinois University
Patricia A. Adler University of Colorado
Peter Adler University of Denver
Leon Anderson Ohio University
Lonnie Athens Seton Hall University
Howard Becker San Francisco
Robert Benford Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Lodewijk Brunt University of Amsterdam
Thomas Calhoun Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Denise Copelton The College at Brockport, State University of New York
Norman K. Denzin University of Illinois, USA
Donna Eder Indiana University
Carolyn Ellis University of South Florida
Robert Emerson University of California, Los Angeles
Michael J Emmison University of Queensland
Jessica Fields San Francisco State University
Gary Alan Fine Northwestern University, USA
Patricia Gagne University of Louisville
Herbert Gans Columbia University
Timothy B. Gongaware University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Julian McAllister Groves Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Scott R. Harris Saint Louis University
James Holstein Marquette University
Matthew W. Hughey University of Connecticut, USA
Michael Katovich Texas Christian University
Sherryl Kleinman University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Joseph Kotarba University of Houston
Lora Bex Lempert University of Michigan - Dearborn
John Lofland University of California, Davis
Lyn Lofland University of California, Davis
Donileen R. Loseke University of South Florida
David Maines Oakland University
Peter K. Manning Northeastern University
Pirkko Markula University of Exeter
Gale Miller Marquette University
Beth Montemurro Penn State, Abington
Calvin Morrill University of California, Irvine
Christopher W. Mullins Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Christian Nelson MCPHS University
Virginia L. Olesen University of California, San Francisco
Tarla Rai Peterson The University of Texas at El Paso
Robert C. Prus University of Waterloo
Tamar Rapoport Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Shulamit Reinharz Brandeis University
Laurel Richardson Ohio State University
Clinton Sanders University of Connecticut
Kent Sandstrom North Dakota State University
William Shaffir McMaster University
David Snow University of California, Irvine
Suzanne Staggenborg McGill University
Kathryn B. Ward Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Dennis Waskul Minnesota State University, Mankato
Rhys H. Williams Loyola University, Chicago
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    For nearly 40 years, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (JCE) has been recognized as a top outlet for ethnographic research. Published six times per year, JCE is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal. JCE focuses on empirical studies based on ethnographic methods including participant observation, unobtrusive observation, intensive interviewing, contextualized discourse analysis, narrative analysis, and qualitative feminist analysis.

    JCE invites researchers to submit original articles, reviews, or special issue proposals to the editors. The journal welcomes submissions from a variety of academic disciplines including, but not limited to, Sociology, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, Religious Studies, Anthropology, Management, and Marketing.

    Manuscripts may be submitted at All submissions sent out for review will be peer reviewed. JCE aims to have all reviewed papers go through their initial review within three months of receipt. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in JCE. Previously published papers and papers under review by another journal are not acceptable.

    Manuscripts should be contextualized within relevant theoretical or methodological literatures. They should also highlight their theoretical or methodological contributions to the field. Empirical pieces should detail the methods for data collection and analysis. Generally, manuscripts should not exceed 40 pages (or word count equivalent of 250 words per page of 10,000), including tables, notes, and references. All manuscripts must include an abstract of no more than 150 words. Use Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition), double-space the manuscript, include references, tables, footnotes, etc and a short informative abstract of approximately 150 words (please attempt to keep footnotes at a minimum). To ensure anonymity, keep all identifying information out of both the text and the bibliography. The abstract and manuscript are sent to reviewers and therefore should contain only the title.

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