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Theory, Culture & Society

Explorations in Critical Social Science
2014 Impact Factor: 0.950
2014 Ranking: 3/38 in Cultural Studies
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Editor-in-Chief
Mike Featherstone Goldsmiths, University of London
Managing Editor
Couze Venn Goldsmiths, University of London
Standard Issues Editor
Roy Boyne Durham University, UK
Special Issues Editor
Scott M Lash Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Global Public Life Editors
Ryan Bishop University of Southampton, UK
John S. Phillips National University of Singapore
Reviews Editor
Couze Venn Goldsmiths, University of London
Social Media Editor
David Beer University of York, UK
Editorial Assistant & Website Manager
Simon Dawes Nottingham Trent University, UK

eISSN: 14603616| ISSN: 02632764|Current volume: 33|Current issue: 1 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

Theory, Culture & Society is a highly ranked, high impact factor, rigorously peer reviewed journal that publishes original research and review articles in the social and cultural sciences.

Launched in 1982 to cater for the resurgence of interest in culture within contemporary social science, Theory, Culture & Society provides a forum for articles which theorize the relationship between culture and society.

Theory, Culture & Society is at the cutting edge of recent developments in social and cultural theory. The journal has helped to break down some of the disciplinary barriers between the humanities and the social sciences by opening up a wide range of new questions in cultural theory.

Theory, Culture & Society builds upon the heritage of the classic founders of social theory and examines the ways in which this tradition has been reshaped by a new generation of theorists.

"For more than twenty years, TCS has published some of the most innovative work in social science. It has been in the forefront of the renewal of cultural sociology." Craig Calhoun New York University, USA


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Editorial Board
David Beer University of York, UK
Ryan Bishop Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK
Lisa Blackman Goldsmiths, University of London
Josef Bleicher  
Roy Boyne Durham University, UK
Roger Burrows Newcastle University
Norman Denzin University of Illinois, USA
Stuart Elden University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Mike Featherstone Goldsmiths, University of London
Nicholas Gane University of Warwick, UK
Rosalind Gill Kings College, University of London
Thomas Kemple University of British Columbia, Canada
Scott Lash Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Adrian Mackenzie Lancaster University, UK
John Philips National University of Singapore
Rob Shields University of Alberta, Canada
Tiziana Terranova University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’
Couze Venn Goldsmiths, University of London
Editorial Management Group
Ien Ang University of Western Sydney, Nepean, Australia
Antonio A Arantes Campinas University, Brazil
Margaret Archer (UK )
John Armitage Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK
Ulrich Beck University of Munich, Germany
Rosi Braidotti Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Rosalind Brunt Sheffield Hallam University, UK
David C Chaney University of Durham, UK
Ira Cohen Rutgers University, USA
Klaus Eder Humboldt University, Germany
Nancy Fraser New School University, USA
Jonathan Friedman University of Lund, Sweden
David Frisby University of Glasgow
Andrew Gamble University of Sheffield, UK
David Held University of Durham, UK
Axel Honneth University of Frankfurt, Germany/Columbia University, New York USA
Huimin Jin Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, P R China
Douglas Kellner University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Richard Kilminster University of Leeds
Michèle Lamont Harvard University
Jorge Larrain University of Birmingham , UK
Donald Levine University of Chicago, USA
Sunil Manghani Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK
George Marcus Rice University, USA
Stephen Mennell University College Dublin
Carlo Mongardini University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Makio Morikawa Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan
John O'Neill York University, Canada
Chris Rojek City University London, UK
Hermann Schwengel Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany
Richard Shusterman Florida Atlantic University, USA
Barry Smart University of Portsmouth, UK
Carol Smart University of Leeds
Georg Stauth Bielefeld University, Germany
Nico Stehr University of British Columbia
Alan Tomlinson University of Brighton, UK
John Tomlinson Nottingham Trent University
John Urry Lancaster University, UK
Shuichi Wada Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Rod Watson University of Manchester, UK
Elizabeth Wilson University of North London
Cas Wouters University of Utrecht
Shunya Yoshimi University of Tokyo
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    Special Issue & Special Section Proposal Guidelines

    Notes for Contributors

    Book Proposal Guidelines

    Submit your Article to Theory, Culture & Society

    All submissions should be made online at TCS Manuscript Central Website

    Manuscript Types and Refereeing Processes

    TCS operates with a range of manuscript types. All manuscripts are considered for publication on the understanding that they are not under consideration elsewhere.

    The main manuscript types are as follows:

    Articles

    1. Articles published in Theory, Culture & Society are refereed. The refereeing process is blind, so contributors should take care to remove any obvious indications of authorship.

    2. While contributors can submit articles in any major language, the preferred manuscript is English. The language of publication is English.

    3. Articles should generally contain between 6000 and 8000 words.

    4. The refereeing process normally takes around 3-4 months.

    5. TCS receives hundreds of manuscripts every year and only accepts around 10% of the papers submitted to the journal. In order for your manuscript to be considered, it is essential that it conform to the SAGE house style (see below under 'Preparation of Manuscripts').

    Special Issue/Special Section Articles

    The above also applies to all special issue and section articles. However, guest editors commission the majority of these. Special issue and section articles are blind refereed. Authors of special issue and special section pieces should carefully read the TCS Special Issue guidelines. These can found at SAGE's TCS website http://tcs.sagepub.com and at TCS manuscript central http:/mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcs.

    Notes & Commentary Pieces

    Shorter commentaries of 2000 to 5000 words are also invited. Normally these are not blind refereed, but commented on by editorial board members and associate editors.

    Interviews

    We welcome the submission of interviews with prominent figures in the social sciences and humanities. Normally these should be between 3000 and 8000 words. Normally these are not blind refereed, but commented on by editorial board members and associate editors.

    Review Articles

    Normally these are 3-5000 words long.

    Review articles can be of a single important book, or a series of books on a particular topic, or a more sweeping 'decade review' of a particular field or emergent area.

    Please note that TCS does not accept unsolicited review articles.

    Book Reviews

    The normal length for reviews is 2000 words.

    In all cases, review articles and book reviews must conform to the TCS house style (which is detailed below).

    The review editors regularly commission book reviews. At the same time we are always interested in extending our panel of reviewers. Should you wish to review for TCS you should write to the review editors with your biographical details and interests along with information on the proposed book. We are also interested in reviews of books published outside the English-speaking world.

    Please note that TCS does not accept unsolicited book reviews.

    Special Issue/Special Section Proposals

    Theory, Culture & Society regularly produces special issues and sections. We welcome proposals from prospective guest editors. Authors submitting special issue and special section proposals should carefully read and follow the TCS guidelines for special issues and sections. These can found at the TCS website (insert address) and at TCS manuscript central (http:/mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcs).

    Book Series Proposals

    The Theory, Culture & Society Book Series currently has over 100 titles published, many by leading figures in the social sciences and humanities. A complete list and details of the titles in the series can be found on the TCS website http://tcs.sagepub.com

    Prospective authors should submit a proposal (4-6 pages) with a rationale for the book and a paragraph outline for each of the main chapters, along with some reflections on the market potential of the book.

    Refereeing for TCS

    We are always interested in people who would like to referee papers for the journal.

    TCS manuscript central http:/mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcs asks authors to submit papers with 3-7 keywords that we use to identify prospective referees from our referees' database. If you are interested in becoming a referee please take a look at the keywords list and e-mail some keywords to us which best reflect your interests along with a short CV and details of your current work.

    We also welcome suggestions of people we could approach to be referees or contribute manuscripts to TCS.

    Preparation of Manuscripts

    1. Authors should submit their manuscript, along with an abstract of 250 words.

    2. Authors should also provide 3-7 keywords. The keywords must be selected from the keyword list available on the TCS Manuscript Central website and need to be keyed in separately in the appropriate field when the article is uploaded. The keywords are essential in helping editors select referees from our referees' database. If you have difficulty matching keywords, or have suggestions on ones to be added, please let us know.

    3. To protect anonymity, please make sure that you do not include your name anywhere within the main document (e.g. as a running head or at the end).

    4. The article should begin with a separate cover page bearing only the title.

    5. The number and length of notes should be strictly limited. They should be numbered serially and included at the end of the text prior to the references section.

    6. Please make sure you insert page numbers into your manuscript.

    Format of References in the Text

    Identify all references to books, monographs, articles and other sources at an appropriate point in the main text by author's last name, year of publication, and pagination where appropriate, all within parentheses. Specify subsequent citations of the same source similarly - do not use ibid., op cit. or loc. cit.

    If the author's name is in the text, use only the year of publication in parentheses:

    Lash (2001)

    If the author's name is not in the text, include both the author's name and year of publication separated by a comma within the parentheses:

    (Bauman, 1999)

    Pagination follows year:

    (Beck, 2002: 31-2)

    With dual authorship, give both names; for three or more use 'et al.':

    (Hardt and Negri, 2000) and (Bennett et al., 1986)

    If there is more than one reference to the same author and year, distinguish between them by use of letters a, b etc. attached to year of publication:

    (Foucault, 1979a)

    Enclose within a single pair of parentheses a series of references separated by semicolons:

    (Bourdieu, 1984; Dimaggio, 1987; Lamont, 1988)

    Format of References

    List all entries cited in the text, or any other items used to prepare the manuscript, alphabetically by author and year of publication in a separate headed references section at the end of the article. For typing format, see examples below:

    Pieterse, J.N. (1997) 'Multiculturalism and Museums: Discourse and Others in the Age of Globalization', Theory, Culture & Society 14(4): 123-46.

    Kearney, R. (ed.) (1996) Paul Ricoeur and the Hermeneutics of Action. London: Sage.

    Harootunian, H. (2001) Overcome by Modernity. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    Friedman, J. (1997) 'Global Crises, the Struggle for Cultural Identity and

    Intellectual Porkbarrelling', pp. 99-114 in P. Werbner and T. Modood (eds) Debating Cultural Hybridity. London: Zed Books.

    Travers, M. (1999) 'Qualitative Sociology and Social Class', Sociological Research Online 4(1), URL (consulted May 2004): http:/www.socresonline.org.uk/socresonline/4/1/travers.html

    Format of Quotations within the Text

    For quotations within the text please make sure to use single inverted commas on all occasions, except for a quotation within a quotation which should be placed within double inverted commas. Quotations longer than 40 words should be put in an indented paragraph format without the use of inverted commas.

    Book Reviews and Review Articles

    1. Please make sure to set out the heading of your book review in the following way:

    Political Machines: Governing a Technological Society

    by Andrew Barry

    London and New York: Continuum, 2001, pp. 305, ISBN 0 485 00634 0,

    Pbk £16.99

    Reviewed by Neil Turnbull

    2. Review articles commence with a title and author's name in the same manner as a standard article. This is followed by the book(s) listed in the above style.

    3. References to other publications should follow the TCS house style outlined earlier in this document.

    4. Notes should be kept to a minimum.

    5. Reviewers should add a brief biographical note.

    Revised Papers

    1. All revisions to papers should be made with editing programmes that track changes to original manuscripts. MS word has this facility, and can be found by clicking on 'tools' and then 'track changes'. This will enable deletions and new material to be visible to editors and will assist referees considering the revised version. It will also help board members check that the requested revisions have been made. This is a very simple procedure and is available in MS word.

    2. Revised papers will be reviewed again, normally by the original set of reviewers.

    3. This process should again take around 3-4 months.

    Papers Accepted with Minor Revisions: Preparation of Manuscript for Publication

    1. All minor revisions to papers should be made with editing programmes that track changes to original manuscripts. MS has this facility, and can be found by clicking on 'tools' and then 'track changes'. This will enable deletions and new material to be visible to editors and will assist referees considering the revised version. It will also help board members check that the requested revisions have been made. This is a very simple procedure and is available in MS word

    2. Authors should carefully check that the final version of their manuscript conforms to the TCS house style specified above.

    3. A short biographical note (3-7 lines) should be included at the end of the article.

    4. Authors should include their current postal address and e-mail, as well as any anticipated changes for the next year.

    5. Upload copies of letters giving written permission to reproduce illustrations from copyright holders. Hard copies of signed letters may be required in some instances.

    6. Upload good quality black and white copies of illustrations which should be uploaded at the Author's Centre along with the paper. Details can be found by pressing the Instructions and Forms button which is available on each page of the TCS Manuscript Central website.

    7. Proofs will normally be sent out to contributors approximately 2 months after the issue goes to press. Publication will be a further 3 months later. Make sure to key in any anticipated changes of address in the required fields at the Authors Centre when you submit you're the final revised version of your paper.

    8. Publisher's Agreement Form. When the final version of an accepted article is uploaded to the website, authors must download and print out the publisher's agreement form, located in the Instructions and Forms icon at the top right hand corner of every page of the website. The form must then be signed and posted to the following:

    Fern Bryant

    Production Editor

    SAGE

    1 Oliver's Yard

    55 City Road

    London EC1Y 1SP

    9. Offprints. On publication authors will receive a dowloadable version of their TCS piece, in pdf format, that can be resent 25 times.

    Feedback/Correspondence

    We welcome your views on all aspects of Theory, Culture & Society.

    The quality of the journal depends upon a wide network of editors, associates, referees and readers. We are interested in broadening our network at all times.

    We welcome offers to review books and act as a referee for TCS papers.

    We are also interested in suggestions for special issues and books.

    Theory, Culture & Society is also involved in a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the interaction between editors, contributors, referees and readers. Details of these can be found at the TCS website, or by contacting us directly at the address below.

    General queries about the journal can be dealt with more easily and rapidly by e-mailing us at tcs@sagepub.co.uk

    Mike Featherstone
    Editor-in-Chief
    Theory, Culture & Society
    Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
    Goldsmiths, University of London
    London, UK
    Phone: +44 (0)20 7919 7729
    Email: tcs@sagepub.co.uk
    http:/mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcs

    Couze Vennl
    Managing Editor & Reviews Editor
    Theory, Culture & Society
    Department of Sociology
    Goldsmiths University
    London, UK
    Email: tcs@sagepub.co.uk

    Simon Dawes
    Administrator
    Theory, Culture & Society
    Email: tcs@sagepub.co.uk

    Submissions to TCS

    If you are submitting a paper to TCS you must submit your paper via TCS Manuscript Central at http:/mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcs. If you are submitting a paper to TCS for the first time, you will need to create an account with a secure user name and password (if you are being asked to review TCS papers for the first time, you should ask the TCS administrator for a user name and password. The TCS administrator can be contacted at tcs@sagepub.co.uk).

    To Create a New Account

    Once you have entered TCS Manuscript Central, click on 'Create Account' in the top right hand corner of the screen. You will then be asked to provide your personal details and indicate your area(s) of expertise. You will then be supplied with a user name and asked for a password. This should be an easily remembered name containing at least 8 letters. When you have your user name and password you will be able to log on to Manuscript Central.

    Submitting a New Paper

    After you have successfully logged on, you should click on 'author centre'. You should then click on the starred icon: 'Click here to submit a new manuscript'.

    You will then be asked to submit a 'manuscript type'. In most cases this will be 'TCS-Standard Article'. You should only click on one of the other tags if you have been commissioned to write an article/review by a special issue editor or TCS' review editor.

    When you have completed all the fields on a particular page, please click the 'next' button (situated in the top and bottom right hand corners of each page).

    You will then be asked to indicate the title of your paper and submit an abstract of not more than 350 words. Next, you will be asked to provide the personal details of any co-authors and designate any preferred or non-preferred referees. You will also be able upload a covering letter, if necessary, before uploading your paper.

    You will then be notified by e-mail that your paper has been successfully uploaded and submitted to TCS. You will also receive notification of your paper's 'manuscript id'. Please make a note of your manuscript id and refer to it in all correspondence pertaining to your paper.

    Your paper will then be sent out for review. The review process usually takes 3-6 months.

    Revising Papers

    Most papers are accepted for publication subject to revision. Very few papers are accepted outright. If you are revising a paper for publication in TCS, please make sure that all revisions to your paper are made with editing programmes that track changes to original manuscripts. Please read TCS's Notes for Contributors for more information. This can be found at tcs@sagepub.co.uk.

    Reviewing TCS papers

    To access your paper, you should log on to TCS Manuscript Central and then click on 'referee centre'. The paper for review can be found under 'Review and Score'. Please click on the 'view details' icon to the right of your paper.

    You will then be provided with 'Instructions for Reviewers'. Please read these instructions carefully before submitting your report and completing your score sheet.

    Theory Culture & Society

    Special Issues and Sections Guidelines

    Theory, Culture & Society regularly produces special issues and sections. We welcome proposals from prospective guest editors.

    1. Range of Interests

    TCS is an interdisciplinary journal and TCS special issues and sections should reflect the wide span of our interests. Wherever possible, a mixture of theoretical and substantive pieces should also be commissioned - c.f. the Global Culture (1990) and Postmodernism (1988) special issues.

    2. How to Submit a Proposal

    Proposals should be submitted by going to the TCS Manuscript Central website http:/mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcs, then selecting Author Centre and hitting the 'Submit First Draft' of a 'New Manuscript' button. Make sure that you select the correct field in the 'Select a Manuscript Type' menu - either 'Special Issue Proposal' or 'Special Section Proposal', before uploading the proposal.

    The proposal should be 2-3 pages long and should provide a rationale for the issue or section. The rationale should outline the main thematic areas to be addressed. Potential authors, along with titles of articles, should also be listed. Brief details of authors and their papers would also be helpful. In addition, please include a brief biographical note for the editor(s).

    Ideally, we would welcome those prospective editors whose proposals we find promising to attend a TCS editorial board meeting to present and discuss the proposal.

    3. Length

    A special issue should normally contain between 7/8-10 articles and make up in total around 90,000 words or 500,000 characters. This roughly equates to around 160 pages of TCS.

    A special section should normally contain between 4 and 6 articles, with an upper limit of around 60,000 words or 300,000 characters. This roughly equates to around 100 pages of TCS.

    4. Reviews

    As part of the set, it would be possible to substitute one or two review articles. Ordinary book reviews will not normally be included.

    5. Refereeing procedures

    All papers that appear in TCS are blind refereed. With special issues we would ask editors to nominate a set of referees. Papers will also be refereed by TCS editors and a number of other referees. Each paper will be discussed in detail at editorial board meetings.

    It is also possible that a reviewer could be appointed to overlook and comment on the full set of papers for the issue, providing feedback on individual papers and the overall issue balance.

    We generally welcome the participation of editors of special issues and sections in the editorial board for the duration of the special issue (1-2 years). In such cases they will be regularly invited to participate in editorial board meetings and take part in the decision-making process for their own issue.

    Editors should recognise that Theory, Culture & Society receives a high number of papers each year and is only able to publish a small percentage. Although we wish to support the initiative of special issue editors in commissioning papers, the final decision on any paper will be made by the editorial board.

    In this process, editors should expect a significant number of papers that they have solicited to be turned down. The journal seeks to maintain its high standard in both special issues and ordinary issues, and to this end takes seriously the views of referees and editorial board members. This has been the case from the early issues of the journal and has been a necessary part of the process of maintaining the high quality of the papers published in Theory, Culture & Society.

    Special issue editors will be provided with detailed notes of the decisions from the board meetings along with referees' reports. They will be expected to use these to write letters to contributors to communicate decisions. These decision letters should be forwarded to the TCS editorial office and will be sent out via the TCS Manuscript Central website to systematize the correspondence process.

    6. Submission Procedure

    Contributors need to submit all papers by uploading their manuscripts. Authors should consult the Submissions to TCS document on the website http://tcs.sagepub.com for details of the paper uploading procedures.

    All papers should be keyed in and formatted using the TCS house style. The TCS Notes for Contributors information can also be found on the site and at TCS Manuscript Central (http:/mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcs).

    Both these and general details of TCS ('About Theory, Culture & Society') along with subscription information, can be found by pressing the Instructions and Forms button which is available on each page of the TCS Manuscript Central website.

    7. Simultaneous publication as a TCS Book Series title

    In some cases this may be possible. The decision is made by SAGE and the TCS Book Series editorial board; both of which employ different criteria from the journal. A separate proposal will be required (details are also available on this website).

    8. About TCS: TCS Books brochurespies of TCS and publicity material

    Further information about the Theory, Culture & Society journal and the TCS Books Series along with subscription information, can be found by hitting the 'Instructions and Forms' button which is available on each page of the TCS Manuscript Central website.

    Please let the TCS Editorial Office at tcs@sagepub.co.uk know if you would like contributors unfamiliar with TCS to receive a copy of the journal and publicity material.

    9. Timetable

    It is best to allow 24 months for the whole process from start to finish:

    - Month 1-3 - submit proposal, editorial board feedback and if proposal accepted secure authors.

    - Months 6-8 - first versions of papers submitted.

    - Months 9-12 - papers sent out to referees, comments in and then discussed at editorial board meeting; issue editor's comments sent back to authors.

    - Months 13-16 - revised versions of papers in.

    - Months 17-20 - second round of refereeing and comments in and then discussed again at editorial board meeting.

    - Month 21 - issue goes to press.

    - Month 13 - proofs ready.

    - Month 25 - issue published.

    For further information please contact Mike Featherstone, Couze Venn, or Simon Dawes

    tcs@sagepub.co.uk

    http:/mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcs

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