Critical Sociology

Critical Sociology

2016 Impact Factor: 0.973
2016 Ranking: 74/143 in Sociology
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)
Published in Association with Association for Critical Sociology

David Fasenfest Wayne State University, USA
Associate Editors
Cory Blad Manhattan College, USA
Corey W. Dolgon Stonehill College, USA
Dawn L Rothe Eastern Kentucky University, USA
Alan Rudy Central Michigan University, USA
Nicole Trujillo-Pagan Wayne State University, USA
Mark Worrell SUNY Cortland, USA
Media and Culture Editor
Graham Cassano Oakland University, USA
International Book Review Editor
Sara R. Farris Goldsmiths University of London, UK
Middle East and North Africa Editor
Tugrul Keskin Shanghai University, China
Latin American and Caribbean Editor
R.A. Dello Buono Manhattan College, USA and Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Mexico
African Editor
Nikitah Imani University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA
East Asian Editor
Hideo Aoki Institute on Social Theory and Dynamics, Japan
Editorial Assistant
Anabel Stöckle Wayne State University, USA
Book Reviews Editor
Travis Linnemann Eastern Kentucky University, USA

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eISSN: 15691632 | ISSN: 08969205 | Current volume: 43 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

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"At a time when many are buried in narrow crevices of knowledge, Critical Sociology has the boldness and courage to take on the ‘big questions’. For those who would break out of the straitjacket of the methodological imperative Critical Sociology is a necessary and vital forum for alternative ideas." Stanley Aronowitz, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA

"Critical Sociology provides in-depth symposia and challenging articles on current issues in mainstream and critical sociological inquiry." Robert Perrucci, Past President of SSSP and Professor of Sociology, Purdue University, USA

"Critical Sociology offers a much-needed forum for research on alternatives to our capitalist/racist system that isn't cautiously concerned with pleasing the establishment. Thank goodness it exists!" Edna Bonacich, Chair of the Political Economy of the World System section of ASA, and Professor of Sociology, University of California, Riverside, USA

"Without critique sociology is lost, and Critical Sociology delivers this in spades - it is a pillar of our discipline." Michael Burawoy, Past President of ASA, and Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, USA

"Publishing insightful and careful work from left perspectives, including those of feminists, Critical Sociology is an essential scholarly resource for sociologists and others committed to knowledge that helps to confront pervasive societal problems." Joan Acker, recipient of the ASA Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award and the ASA Jessie Bernard Award, and Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon, USA

"Critical Sociology continues in its great tradition of bringing new ideas to the forefront and keeping the mainstream on its toes." G. William Domhoff, Research Professor in Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Critical Sociology is an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes the highest quality original research. For over three decades Critical Sociology has been a leading voice of sociological analysis from a political economy perspective. This journal is a must for sociologists and anyone else seeking to understand the most pressing issues of the day as they are informed by race, class and gender.

Originally published as the Insurgent Sociologist, formed as a result of the social action of the 1960s "Sociology Liberation Movement" which erupted at the 1969 meetings of the American Sociological Association, Critical Sociology has been committed to publishing scholarship from a Marxist, post-Marxist, Feminist, and other critical perspectives. Its current editorial mission is to encourage scholarship that seeks to understand contemporary Capitalist society.

Today the journal remains one of the few sources of critical research on a wide range of topics within sociology, and increasingly from an international perspective. Recent articles on globalization, economic development, religion, the environment, labor movements, social policy, and the sociology of work reflect the journal's commitment to a broad range of topics, all linked by common goals of critically examining how society functions and of exploring the potential for progressive social change.

In addition, special issues and thematic symposia enable Critical Sociology to engage in a discussion about contemporary issues through groundbreaking and important new scholarship. Recent examples include:

  • The Labor Movement in a New Globalized Environment, 2000 (26:1/2)
  • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, 2002 (28:1/2)
  • Gender, Globalization and Work Restructuring, 2004 (30:1)
  • Culture, Power and History, 2004 (30:2)
  • Religion and Marxism, 2005 (31:1/2)
  • Public Sociology, 2005 (31:3)
  • Neo-liberal Crises and the Resurgent Left in Latin America, 2006 (32:1)
  • Racism and Anti-Racism, 2006 (32:2/3)
  • Patterns of Work and Organization in Germany, 2007 (33:1/2)


Critical Sociology is an international peer reviewed journal that publishes the highest quality original research. The journal seeks to engage and promote critical thinking by publishing articles from all perspectives broadly defined as falling within the boundaries of critical or radical social science. Originally appearing as The Insurgent Sociologist, it grew out of the tumultuous times of the late 1960s and was a by-product of the "Sociology Liberation Movement" which erupted at the 1969 meetings of the American Sociological Association. At first publishing work mainly within the broadest boundaries of the Marxist tradition, over the past decade the journal has been home to articles informed by post-modern, feminist, cultural and other perspectives that critically evaluate the workings of the capitalist system and its impact on the world. The journal is a platform for scholars whose work explores the relationship between race, gender and class in their quest for a deeper understanding of society writ large. It will continue in this fashion in order to preserve its position as one of a select few "alternative" journals having widespread recognition and respect within the world of social science scholarship.

Editorial Board
Robert Barrios Southern Illinois University, USA
Angie Beeman Baruch College, USA
Eric Bonds University of Mary Washington, USA
Melanie Bush Adelphi University, USA
Rodney Coates Miami University of Ohio
Waverly Duck University of Pittsburgh
David Embrick University of Connecticut, USA
Brian Gareau Boston College, USA
Anna Guevarra University of Illonois at Chicago, USA
Leontina Hormel University of Idaho, USA
Dan Krier Iowa State University, USA
Lauren Langman Loyola University, Chicago, USA
Lisa Martinez University of Denver, USA
Paul Paolucci Eastern Kentucky University, USA
Jean-Pierre Reed Southern Illinois University, USA
George Sanders Oakland University, USA
Robert Mark Silverman University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA
David Norman Smith University of Kansas, USA
Alan Spector Purdue University Calumet
Advisory Editorial Board
Edna Bonacich University of California, Riverside, USA
Rose Brewer University of Minnesota, USA
Val Burris University of Oregon, USA
Chris Chase-Dunn University of California at Riverside, USA
Richard Flacks University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Martha Gimenez University of Colorado (Emeritus), USA
Martin Hart-Landsberg Lewis and Clark College, USA
Andrew Jorgenson University of Utah, USA
Walda Katz-Fishman Howard University, USA
Jerry Lembcke College of the Holy Cross, USA
Rhonda F. Levine Colgate University, USA
Martin Murray University of Michigan, USA
Marty Oppenheimer Rutgers University (Emeritus), USA
Fred L Pincus University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA
Erik Olin Wright University of Wisconsin, USA
International Advisory Board
José Bell Lara FLACSO-Cuba, University of Havana, Cuba
Guglielmo Carchedi University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Penelope Ciancanelli University of Strathclyde, UK- Retired
Raewyn Connell University of Sydney, Australia- Retired
Víctor M. Figueroa Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Mexico
Alfredo Saad Filho SOAS, University of London, UK
Christian Fuchs Westminster University
Marco A. Gandásegui, Jr. University of Panama and CELA, Panama
Karin Gottschall University of Bremen, Germany
Ruri Ito Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan
Bob Jessop Lancaster University, UK
Rebecca King-O'Riain National University of Ireland, Kildare, Republic of Ireland
Michael Löwy Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France
Julien Mercille University College Dublin, Ireland
Leo Panitch York University, Canada
Dorothy Smith University of Victoria, Canada
Teivo Teivainen San Marcos University, Peru and University of Helsinki, Finland
Göran Therborn University of Cambridge, UK
Sylvia Walby Lancaster University
Shen Yuan Tsinghua University, China
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    1. Peer review policy
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting Book Reviews and Review Essays
      9.4.5 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.4.6 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
      10.4 OnlineFirst publication
    11. Further information

    Critical Sociology seeks to engage and promote critical thinking by publishing articles within the boundaries of critical or radical social science (for example, a Marxist, post-Marxist, Feminist, and other critical perspectives). An international peer-reviewed journal, Critical Sociologypublishes original research from a political economy perspective seeking to understand the most pressing social issues of the day as informed by race, class and gender. These articles seek to understand contemporary Capitalist society, all linked by common goals of critically examining how society functions and exploring the potential for progressive social change.


    1. Peer review policy

    Critical Sociology operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible; a editorial decision is generally made within (eg) 4-6 weeks of submission.

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    2. Article types

    Critical Sociologypublishes original research from a political economy perspective seeking to understand the most pressing issues of the day informed by race, class and gender. These articles seek to understand contemporary Capitalist society, all linked by common goals of critically examining how society functions and exploring the potential for progressive social change.

    1. Articles: Theoretically informed analysis of contemporary issues.

    2. Review Essays: These can be about a single book (which must be very significant to warrant this much attention), about several books, or ‘state-of-the-art’ articles placed in a larger context.

    3. Book Reviews: A list of up-to-date books for review is available from the Journal's Book Reviews Manager.

    Articles are generally restricted to a maximum of 8,000 words, including all elements (title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, biographical statement, etc.). We are reluctant to burden our referees with very long manuscripts. Authors who suspect that their articles will have to be cut should make the required deletions prior to submitting the article. Review Essays are generally kept to no more than 5,000 words, and Book Reviews are capped at 1,500 words. Articles are peer reviewed while Review Essays and Book Reviews are reviewed by the journal’s book review editor.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Critical Sociologyis hosted on SAGE track a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you already have an account. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

    Book Reviews should be sent directly to the Book Review Editor, Louis Edgar Esparza at: 

    Any questions should be directed to David Fasenfest, Editor, at:

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    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

    Before publication SAGE requires the author, as the rights holder, to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright to the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the proprieter in question. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests

    In your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Critical Sociology does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    7. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear immediately after your conclision under the heading Acknowledgements, that is, at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any Notes, and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Critical Sociology additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading immediately following the heading Acknowledgements and specified as ‘Funding’. All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets:

    This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number xxx].

    Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Thus:

    This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Natural Environment Research Council [grant number zzzz]; and the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number aaaa].

    In some cases, research is not funded by a specific project grant, but rather from the block grant and other resources available to a university, college or other research institution. Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that corresponding authors use the following sentence:

    This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    Again, please include this information under a separate heading entitled ‘Funding’ immediately following any other Acknowledgements prior to your ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ (if applicable), any Notes and your References.

    Important note: If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until the final acceptance of your manuscript.

    For more information on the guidelines for Research Funders, Authors, and Publishers, please visit:

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    8. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information, including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. Templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.

    9.2 Journal Style

    Critical Sociology conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    9.3 Reference Style

    Critical Sociology adheres mainly to the SAGE Harvard referencing system, with an exception to style regarding citing US publications. References citing US publications should include the 2-letter US state acronym for the publisher. 

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm for headers and footers. Text size should be standard 10 or 12 point font

    9.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords, and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details titled ‘Corresponding Author’, including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting Book Reviews and Review Essays

    For Book Reviews, please avoid using endnotes and/or footnotes. Essential textual notes are indicated by a superscript Arabic numeral placed after the punctuation. All textual notes should be collected and placed after the text and before the reference section. For Review Essays, please suggest up to five keywords. Ideally a review of 1 book should be about 1200-1500 words in length, and a Review Essay 3500-5000 words. Review Essays should also include an Abstract. Follow SAGE house style in writing dates and listing references. Book Reviews and Review Essays must include complete bibliographical information of each item under review at the beginning of the manuscript; for example:
    Unfinest Hour: Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia, by Brendan Simms.
    London: Penguin, 2001. 496pp. £18.99 (cloth). ISBN: 0713994258.

    9.4.5 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    Critical Sociology does not currently accept supplemental files.

    9.4.6 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts should consider using Critical Sociology’s professional editors. Please contact the editor for further information on this service. An alternative service can also be found here:

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    10. After acceptance           

    10.1 Proofs

    A member of the SAGE Production staff will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author along with instructions on final approval.

    10.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway.

    10.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we strongly emphasize the highest production standards possible. We place high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. Upon publication, all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire from SAGE regarding their experience of publishing in Critical Sociology.

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    Critical Sociology benefits from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    David Fasenfest, Editor, at:

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