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Sociological Perspectives

Sociological Perspectives

2018 Impact Factor: 0.827
2018 Ranking: 110/148 in Sociology
Source: Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2019)
Published in Association with Pacific Sociological Association

eISSN: 15338673 | ISSN: 07311214 | Current volume: 63 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Bi-monthly
Established in 1957 and published for the Pacific Sociological Association, Sociological Perspectives offers a wealth of articles spanning the breadth of sociological inquiry. In the pages of Sociological Perspectives, contributions by leading scholars typically address the ever-expanding body of knowledge about social processes related to economic, political, anthropological, and historical issues. Now published six times per year, each issue of Sociological Perspectives offers pertinent and up-to-the-minute articles within the field of sociology.

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Matthew Carlson Portland State University, USA
Lindsey Wilkinson Portland State University, USA
Hyeyoung Woo Portland State University, USA
Managing Editor
Bradley Bartos University of California, Irvine, USA
Matthew Renner University of California, Irvine, USA
Deputy Editors
Meghan Burke University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Terrence Hill University of Arizona
Hui Liu Michigan State University
Jennifer Pearson Wichita State University, USA
Melissa Thompson Portland State University, USA
Anna Zajacova University of Western Ontario, Canada
Advisory Editors
Seth Abrutyn University of British Columbia, Canada
Kelly F. Austin Lehigh University, USA
Joseph O. Baker East Tennessee State University, USA
Donald C. Barrett California State University, San Marcos, USA
Joel Best University of Delaware
Denise D. Bielby University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Timothy Brezina Georgia State University, USA
Brianne Dávila California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, USA
James Joseph Dean Sonoma State University, USA
Laurie Drapela Washington State University, Vancouver, USA
Daniel Eisen Pacific University, USA
Clare Evans University of Oregon, USA
Andrew S. Fullerton Oklahoma State University, USA
Mary Gallagher Kent State University, USA
Ginny Garcia-Alexander Portland State University, USA
Black Hawk Hancock DePaul University, USA
Catherine Eve Harnois Wake Forest University, USA
Jill Ann Harrison University of Oregon, USA
Matt L. Huffman University of California, Irvine, USA
David J. Hutson Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington
Shirley A. Jackson Portland State University
Natalie Jolly University of Washington Tacoma, USA
Maura Kelly Portland State University, USA
Kathy J. Kuipers University of Montana, USA
Liam Leonard California State University, Los Angeles, USA
Ryan Light University of Oregon
Sojung Lim Utah State University, USA
Alair MacLean Washington State University Vancouver, USA
Steve McDonald North Carolina State University, USA
Laura McKinney Tulane University, USA
Terance D. Miethe University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
Richard Mora Occidental College, USA
Daniel R. Morrison Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA
Robert M. O'Brien University of Oregon, USA
Amy J. Orr Linfield College, USA
David G. Ortiz New Mexico State University, USA
Eileen M. Otis University of Oregon, USA
Seong Man Park Dankook University, South Korea
Daniel Potter Rice University, USA
Harland Prechel Texas A&M University, USA
Patrick Rafail Tulane University
Ellen Reese University of California, Riverside, USA
Ellen K. Scott University of Oregon, USA
Richard T. Serpe Kent State University, USA
Jean Stockard University of Oregon, USA
Maxine Thompson North Carolina State University, USA
Jonathan Turner California State University, Riverside, USA
Jeremy Uecker Baylor University, USA
Xia Wang Arizona State University, USA
Matthew Ward University of Southern Mississippi, USA
Laurel Westbrook Grand Valley State University
Amy Wharton Washington State University, Vancouver, USA
Alison Wynn Standford University, USA
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    The fee for submitting a new manuscript is $20 (U.S.). The submission fee can be paid electronically online at time of submission. It can also be paid by check or money order payable to "Pacific Sociological Association" and mailed to the address below. The submission fee is waived for manuscripts submitted where all authors of the manuscript are students. To request the student waiver, please send an email using the address that follows.

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    Manuscript Preparation

    Articles submitted to Sociological Perspectives may not exceed 10,000 words (approximately 40 pages including text, endnotes, and references) and may not contain more than 10 tables and figure panels. Manuscripts should be prepared using the ASA Style Guide (Fourth Edition). All pages must be typed, double-spaced (including references, footnotes, and endnotes). Text must be in 12-point Time Roman. Block quotes may be single-spaced. Must include margins of 1.25 inches on all the four sides and number all pages sequentially.

    Sections in a manuscript may include the following (in this order):

    (1) Title page, (2) Abstract, (3) Keywords, (4) Text, (5) Notes, (6) References, (7) Tables, (8) Figures, and (9) Appendices.

    1. Title page. Please include the following:Full article titleAcknowledgments and creditsEach author’s complete name and institutional affiliation(s)Grant numbers and/or funding informationCorresponding 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. Omit author(s)’s names.

    3. Text. Begin article text on a new page headed by the full article title.

        a. Headings and subheadings. Subheadings should indicate the organization of the content of the manuscript. Generally, three heading levels are sufficient to organize text. THIS IS A FIRST- LEVEL HEAD (All caps and left-justified), This Is a Second-Level Head (Italics and left-justified; capitalize all words except prepositions, and coordinating conjunctions) and This is a third-level head (these are run-in heads, italics, indented at the beginning of the paragraph and followed by a period).

        b. Citations. Citations in the text should provide the last name of the author(s) and year of publication. Include page numbers when referring to direct quotes or specific passages. Following are some examples of text citations: (i)When author’s name is in the text, follow it with the publication year in parentheses-… Duncan (1959). The first time that an author's name is in the text, the full name should be included. Subsequently, only the last name should be included-...Samuel George (2003) says...George (2003) When author’s name is not in the text, enclose the last name and year in parentheses-…(George1963). (ii) Pages cited follow the year of publication after a colon-…(Duncan and Weiss 1971:71-85). (iii)Use the last name of both authors for joint authors-…(Martin and Bailey 1988). (iv)For three authors, cite all three names in the first citation in the text-…(George, Smith, and Baily1962). For all subsequent citations use “et al.”-…(George et al. 1962).(v)For works with four or more authors, use “et al.” throughout. (vi)For citation of a version published earlier, list the earliest publication date in brackets followed by the most recent publication date-…Veblen ([1866] 1900).(vii) Separate a series of references with semicolons.(viii)Use “forthcoming” for unpublished materials and N.d if no date is available-…the earlier study by Smith (forthcoming) and Bailey (N.d).(ix)For machine-readable data files, cite authorship and date-…(Institute for Survey Research 1976).(x)For e-resource citations, See section 5.3 of ASA(4th ed).

    4. Notes. Notes should be typed or printed, double-spaced, in a separate “ENDNOTES” section. Begin each note with the superscript numeral to which it is keyed in the text (e.g., “¹ After 1981, there were…”). Notes can (a) explain or amplify text, (b) cite materials of limited availability, or (c) append information presented in a table or figure. Avoid long notes: consider (a) stating in the text that information is available from the author, (b) depositing the information in a national retrieval center and inserting a short footnote or a citation in the text, or (c) adding an appendix. Each note should not exceed 100 words.

    5. References. References are presented in a separate section headed “REFERENCES.” All references cited in the text must be listed in the reference section, and vice versa. 1. Do not use “et al.” in the Reference list at the end; names of all authors of a publication should be listed there. Publication information for each must be complete and correct. List the references in alphabetical order by authors’ last names; include first names and middle initials for all authors when available. List two or more entries by the same author(s) in order of the year of publication. When the cited material is not yet published but has been accepted for publication, use “Forthcoming” in place of the date and give the journal name or publishing house. For dissertations and unpublished papers, cite the date and place the paper was presented and/or where it is available. If no date is available, use “N.d.” in place of the date. If two or more cited works are by the same author(s) within the same year, list them in alphabetical order by title and distinguish them by adding the letters a, b, c, etc., to the year (or to “Forthcoming”). For works with more than one author, only the name of the first author is inverted (e.g., “Jones, Arthur B., Colin D. Smith, and James Petersen”). List all authors; using “et al.” in the reference list is not acceptable. Please do not use em-dashes for same author names is consecutive references. Instead treat it as any other reference and use the full author name. Refer to the ASA Style Guide (4th ed.) for additional examples:


    Bernard, Claude [1865] 1957. An Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine. Translated by H.C. Greene, New York: Dover.Mason, Karen O. 1974. Women’s Labor Force Participation and Fertility. Research Triangle Park, NC: National Institutes of Health.U.S. Bureau of the Census. 1960. Characteristics of Population. Vol. 1. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.


    Goodman, Leo A. 1947a. “The Analysis of Systems of Qualitative Variables When Some of the Variables Are Unobservable. Part I – A Modified Latent Structure Approach.” American Journal of Sociology 79: 1179-1259.____.1947b. “Exploratory Latent Structure Analysis Using Both Identifiable and Unidentifiable Models.”Biometrika 61: 215-31.

    Szelenyi, Szonja and Jacqueline Olvera. Forthcoming. “The Declining Significance of Class: Does Gender Complicate the Story?” Theory and Society.


    Clausen, John A. 1972. “The Life Course of Individuals.” Pp. 457-514 in Aging and Society, vol. 3, A Sociology of Age Stratification, edited by M. W. Riley, M. Johnson, and A. Foner. New York: Russell Sage.

    Sampson, Robert J. 1992. “Family Management and Child Development: Insights from Social Disorganization Theory.” Pp. 63-93 in Advances in Criminology Theory, vol. 3, Facts, Frameworks, and Forecasts, edited by J. McCord. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction.


    Charles, Maria. 1990. “Occupational Sex Segregation: A Log-Linear Analysis of Patterns in 25 Industrial Countries.” Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Sociology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.Web Sites:American Sociological Association, 1997. “Call for Help: Social Science Knowledge on Race, Racism, And Race Relations” (ASA Action Alert, October 15). Washington, DC: American Sociological Association. Retrieved October 15, 1997 (

    Boorstein, Michelle. 2003. “Homeless Needs Outrun Success in Finding Shelter Site.” Washington Post, October 19, 2003, p. C05. Retrieved October 20, 2003 (

    Kao, Grace and Jennifer Thompson. 2003. “Racial and Ethnic Stratification in Educational Achievement and Attainment.” Annual Review of Sociology 29: 417-42. Retrieved October 20, 2003 (

    6. Tables. Tables should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text and must include table titles. Tables will appear in the published article in the order in which they are numbered initially. Each table must include a descriptive title and headings for all columns and rows. Gather general notes to tables as “Notes:”; use a, b, c, etc., for table footnotes. Use asterisks*, **, and/or *** to indicate significance at the p<.05, p<.01, and p<.001 levels, respectively, and always specify one-tailed or two-tailed tests.

    All tables must be cited in text. Please make sure tables are in editable format and not supplied as images.

    7. Figures. Figures should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text and must include figure captions. Figures will appear in the published article in the order in which they are numbered initially. All artwork must be submitted on disk or as camera-ready art. Figures must be executed by computer or by a graphic artist in black ink on white paper; lettering must be done in pen and ink or be typeset; photographs must be black-and-white on glossy paper.

    All figures must be cited in text. Please make sure there are no typographical errors in the figures as they are not copyedited by us.

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    PERMISSION: The author(s) are responsible for securing permission to reproduce all copyrighted figures or materials before they are published in SCU. A copy of the written permission must be included with the manuscript submission.

    8. Endnotes. Endnotes should be placed as text at the end of the manuscript. They should be indicated with superscripts within the text.

    9. Appendices. Appendices should be lettered to distinguish them from numbered tables and figures. Include a descriptive title for each appendix (e.g., “Appendix A. Variable Names and Definitions”). Cross-check text for accuracy against appendices.

    10. Author specific contributions. Authors are to designate (using their initials) their contributions to the paper/project in each of the following seven categories:

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