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We are excited to share our latest journals content with you at the BSA. Keep reading to learn about our new challenge led Open Access journal Global Social Challenges, our 10th anniversary celebrations for Families, Relationships and Societies, the launch of our new journal Work in the Global Economy, free articles from a range of our journals and discounted personal subscriptions for BSA members.

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Introducing Global Social Challenges Journal: Non-profit, open access publishing for change

How can we re-imagine society in an era of climate change, pandemic, hunger, poverty and other pressing global societal challenges? Significant threats and dangers lie ahead of us, but so do opportunities. This new fully open access, not for profit journal aims to facilitate thinking about these positive new trajectories and become the journal of choice to address the complexities of global social challenges across disciplines. 

Global Social Challenges Journal will be the first such journal to be based in the social sciences, whilst engaging with research from all fields of study. It will be an important home for research which contributes to the creation of alternative futures that are socially and environmentally just and sustaining. 

Want to know more? Read our call for papers, and join the journal mailing list for the latest news.  

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Celebrating 10 years of Families, Relationships and Societies

To mark this occasion we’re making highlights from the journal free to access throughout 2021. We are kicking this off by making our latest special issue free to access until 30 April: 

Special issue: Relationality in family and intimate practices
Guest Edited by Katherine Twamley, Andrea Doucet and Eva-Maria Schmidt  

This special issue explores the relational ties that shape family practices and decisions, and the ways that scholars work with relationality – theoretically, methodologically, epistemologically, ontologically – in their family research.

What does Rachel Carson have to do with family sociology and family policies? Ecological imaginaries, relational ontologies, and crossing social imaginaries
Andrea Doucet

Karen Barad’s posthumanist relational ontology: an intra-active approach to theorising and studying family practices 
Natasha S. Mauthner

Male infertility as relational: an analysis of men’s reported encounters with family members and friends in the context of delayed conception
Esmée Hanna and Brendan Gough

We have more in store for the 10th anniversary celebration! Follow @FRSJournal and sign up for the Families, Relationships and Societies newsletter to stay up to date. 

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Introducing Work in the Global Economy

Work in the Global Economy is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that promotes understanding of work, and connections to work, in all forms and dimensions.

Foregrounding the diverse interests that compose labour and capital in the Global South and North, the journal will promote interdisciplinary and international agendas that have broad appeal to scholars and students of the sociology of work.

Be one of the first to publish in Work in the Global Economy: Read our Call for Papers.

The journal will launch in October 2020, follow @WGEJournal and join the mailing list to learn more.

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Emotions and Society

Emotions and Society publishes high-quality, articles that advance theoretical and empirical understanding of emotions in social life. It is associated with the European Sociological Association's (ESA) Research Network on Sociology of Emotions (RN11). The journal aims to develop a uniquely sociological perspective on emotions, while also engaging in interdisciplinary exchanges.

Want to learn more? Take a look at our free sample issue and explore our editors’ favourite articles from recent issues. Highlights include:

‘Once more, with feeling,’ said the robot: AI, the end of work and the rise of emotional economies
Roger Patulny, Natasa Lazarevic and Vern Smith

‘Embracing the emotional turn: responding to researchers’ emotions
Victoria Knight and Irene Zempi

Relational curiosity and constructive conflict: a study in classrooms
Elizabeth M. Olsson

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Longitudinal and Life Course Studies

Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (LLCS) publishes cross-disciplinary and international research on the factors that shape us from conception to adult life and old age. LLCS brings together high quality research from a range of fields, including sociology.

LLCS is dedicated to the needs of researchers studying the life course and using longitudinal methods at the interfaces of social, developmental and health sciences.

Read our free sample issue and Editors’ Choice collection to learn more. 

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International Journal of Care and Caring

The International Journal of Care and Caring advances scholarship and debate in the important and expanding field of care and caring. Multidisciplinary and international in scope, it publishes high-quality contributions on care, caring and carers from all regions of the world.

Editors’ Choice collection (free until 31 July)

Free sample issue: Volume 3, Number 4, November 2019 (free until 31 December)

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Journal of Gender-Based Violence

The Journal of Gender-Based Violence is the first international journal based in Europe to showcase the work of scholars across disciplinary and topic boundaries, and from a range of methodologies.

The journal documents the voices and experiences of victims and survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), to publish work regarding those who perpetrate GBV and of the varied and complex social structures, inequalities and gender norms through which GBV is produced and sustained.

Editors’ Choice collection (free until 31 July)

Free sample issue: Volume 3, Number 3, October 2019 (free until 31 December)

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Discounted subscriptions

Members of the British Sociological Association benefit from discounted personal subscriptions to all Bristol University Press and Policy Press journals.

Discounted BSA members rate:





UK and Europe

 £   43.00 

 €   54.00 


Rest of the World

 £   54.00 



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