The Rutgers Journal of Sociology: Emerging Areas in Sociological Inquiry provides a forum for graduate students and junior scholars to present well-researched and theoretically compelling review articles on an annual topic in sociology. Each volume features comprehensive commentary on emerging areas of sociological interest. These are critical evaluations of current research synthesized into cohesive articles about the state of the art in the discipline. Works that highlight the cutting-edge of the field, in terms of theoretical, methodological, or topical areas, are privileged.
RJS invites submissions for its second annual edition, which will focus on Knowledge in Contention.
*Papers and abstracts must be submitted by October 15, 2011.
Some overarching questions you might consider are:
· How do controversies surrounding knowledge claims emerge, escalate, and achieve closure?
· How is expertise acquired and established, and what are the tensions between credentialed and/or lay perspectives?
· How do contentious debates affect the generation of knowledge, and how are such debates resolved, mediated, institutionalized, or suppressed?
· What role does power play in the ability to create legitimate bodies of knowledge, resolve conflicts, and win battles between contentious perspectives?
· Are there certain social structures, conditions, practices, organizations, individual actors, or environments that are more likely to generate contention over the form and substance of knowledge?
Areas we are especially interested in include:
*Ways of knowing *Knowledge Production *Deliberation, decision-making, and uncertainty management *Boundary work *Professional debates and credibility contests *Contentious discourse and narratives *Biomedical ethics *Tension between social and biological perspectives *Science and religion in debate *Claims-making in social movements *Community disputes over knowledge and values *State legitimation of knowledge claims *Transnational knowledge flows *Inequality and resistance in knowledge production *Diffusion of ideas and innovation *Institutional supports and impediments to knowledge production *Technological advancement and the meaning of progress *Epistemological disputes in the social and natural sciences *The challenges of mixed methodologies *Objectivity versus activism in research
Guidelines: We accept original reviews of relevant research, but we do not accept empirical research papers. Reviews must not be under review or elsewhere published at the time of submission and should be no more than 10,000 words, including references, notes, tables, figures, acknowledgements and all cover pages. The first page should contain a title, author’s affiliation, a running head and approximate word count. The second page should contain the title, an abstract of no more than 250 words and should not contain the names of the authors. Papers should be double-spaced, using Times New Roman font size 12, with 1.25” margins on all sides. All references should be in ASA style (see ASA guidelines). All documents should be submitted as email attachments to RJS@sociology.rutgers.edu and must be MICROSOFT WORD DOCUMENTS. For further submission guidelines, see our guide for contributors at http://sociology.rutgers.edu/RJS.html.
Department of Sociology
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The Rutgers Journal of Sociology: Emerging Areas in Sociological Inquiry provides a forum for graduate students and junior faculty to present well-researched and theoretically compelling review articles on an annual topic in sociology. Each volume features comprehensive commentary on emerging areas of sociological interest. These are critical evaluations of current research synthesized into cohesive articles about the state of the art in the discipline. Works that highlight the cutting edge of the field, either in terms of theoretical, methodological, or topical areas, are privileged. See http://sociology.rutgers.edu/rjs.html.