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Humanity & Society

Humanity & Society

Published in Association with Association for Humanist Sociology

eISSN: 23729708 | ISSN: 01605976 | Current volume: 46 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

Humanity & Society, the official journal of the Association for Humanist Sociology, was first published in 1977 and has been published quarterly since 1978. Humanity & Society is a peer-reviewed Sage journal with abstracts of published articles appearing in Sociological Abstracts. It features “humanist sociology,” which is broadly defined as a sociology that views people not only as products of social forces but also as agents in their lives and the world. We are committed to a sociology that contributes to a more humane, equal, and just society.

Please direct your inquiries and ideas to:

Daina Cheyenne Harvey, Editor-In-Chief, at  &
Emma Lesser, Managing Editor, at

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Humanity & Society publishes articles on a wide variety of topics that include but are not limited to: studies of inequality (class, race, and/or gender); war, peace, and international relations; aging and gerontology; environmental sociology; globalization; gender and sexuality; health and mental health; social theory; sociology of knowledge and science, and linguistics; social psychology; teaching and sociology practice; social change, humanism and human rights; crime and deviance; ethnic and intergroup relations, and others.

In keeping with the values of the membership, the journal uses an open peer-review process where authors and reviewers are identified. In our view, this does not diminish the rigor, integrity, and validity of the peer-review process. Rather, we believe it creates a more open and honest dialogue between authors and reviewers. We find this helps to generate the kind of constructive criticism that is most conducive to improving the article, as opposed to the “destructive criticism” that too easily occurs in more traditional double-blind peer-review processes. In this light, the editorial staff is fully committed to mentoring new scholars to facilitate their professional development.

Please direct your inquiries and ideas to: Daina Cheyenne Harvey, Editor-In-Chief, at and Emma Lesser, Managing Editor, at

hephzibah v. strmic-pawl Manhattanville College
Managing Editor
Heidi Nicholls University of Virginia, USA
Book & Media Review Editors
Shaonta’ Allen Dartmouth College and Maretta Darnell McDonald, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Pedagogy Editor
Myron T. Strong Community College of Baltimore County
Social Media Editor
Emily McDonald George Mason University, USA
Deputy Editors
Emma Bailey Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico
Emily Brissette Bridgewater State University, USA
Nnenia Campbell University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Ghassan Moussawi University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
Antonia Randolph The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Jason Williams Montclair University, USA
Associate Editors
Brittany Battle Wake Forest Unversity, USA
Carson Byrd University of Michigan, USA
Kaitland Byrd University of Michigan, USA
David G. Embrick University of Connecticut, USA
Kasey Henricks University of Tennessee, USA
Marie-Claude Jipguep Howard University, USA
Melissa Lavin State University of New York at Oneonta, USA
Wende Marshall Stadium Stompers, People’s Strike
Austin McCoy West Virginia University, USA
Zebulon Miletsky Stonybrook University, USA
Greta Pennell University of Indianapolis, USA
James Pennell University of Indiana at Indianapolis, USA
Watoii R. Rabii Oakland University, USA
Courtney B. Ross Virginia Tech, USA
Joti Sekhon Winston-Salem State University, USA
Saher Selod Simmons University, USA
Marc Settembrino Southeastern Louisiana University, USA
Thomas Piñeros Shields University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
Katherine Standish University of Otago, New Zealand
Mo Torres Harvard University, USA
Megan Underhill University of North Carolina Asheville
Melissa Weiner College of the Holy Cross, USA
Johnny Williams Trinity College, USA
Rai Wilson Hamilton County Public Defender

Manuscript Submissions

The editors cordially invite you to submit your work for possible publication in Humanity & Society. The journal strives to publish strong theoretical and/or empirical contribution to humanist questions and issues that are sociological in nature. Research articles should conform to the latest edition of the American Sociological Association’s Style Guide, and may have a length of 10,000 words or less. Sections in a manuscript should include the following elements (in this order):

(1) Title page
(2) Abstract
(3) Personal Reflexive Statement(s)
(4) Text
(5) Notes, if applicable
(6) References
(7) Tables, if applicable
(8) Figures, if applicable
(9) Appendices, if applicable.

They must include (in this order): Title page, Abstract, Personal Reflexive Statement(s), and Text.

1. Title page. Please include the following: (1) Full article title, (2) Acknowledgments and credits, (3) Each author’s complete name and institutional affiliation(s), (4) Grant numbers and/or funding information, and (5) Corresponding 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.

3. Personal Reflexive Statement. The Personal Reflexive Statement provides an account of the author’s perspectives about and personal commitment to the subject matter of the article. It is appropriate to include the author’s experiences as a social activist. Include a Personal Reflexive Statement for each author unless a single statement is appropriate. Print the Personal Reflexive Statement(s) (150 to 200 words) on the Abstract page directly below the Abstract.

Humanity & Society utilizes an open peer review process.

In addition to publishing articles, we also publish action notes (which describe activism the writer has participated in or observed) and provocative “final thoughts.” Action notes are “calls to action” based on your social observations or discussions around how to put theory into action. They are half of the length of research papers (approximately 5,000 words, including all materials) and will be peer-reviewed.

At the end of each issue we hope to pique reader interest with a “Final Thought” Page. This may come in the form of a provocative image that carries a sociological or social change message, an interview with a sociologist talking about her/his craft, or even a cartoon analysis of our social world. We want these ventures to be provocative, humorous, even perplexing. Please submit your “Final Thought” along with a description and/or interpretation of it to explain how the image/idea presented is relevant to social life.

Conflict of interest

Any conflict if interest should be disclosed by a submitting or publishing author. For more information about SAGE's conflict of interest policy, click here.

Funding Acknowledgements

All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement statement included in the manuscript in the form of a sentence under a separate heading entitled ‘Funding’ directly after your Acknowledgements and Declaration of Conflicting Interests, if applicable, and prior to any Notes and your References. For more information about SAGE's funding acknowlegements policy, click here.

All submissions should be made electronically at Please follow the instructions for creating an account. Then the system will walk you through a step-by-step process for manuscript submission.

Please direct your inquiries and ideas to: Daina Cheyenne Harvey, Editor-In-Chief, at and Emma Lesser, Managing Editor, at

Book Review Submissions

Humanity & Society (H&S) offers a book review section that aims to offer thoughtful summaries and appraisals of recently released books germane to humanist sociology. Reviewers are asked to keep the H&S mission in mind when reviewing. Humanist sociology is broadly defined as a sociology developed through rigorous and critical analyses of inequality, exploitation, and injustice while undergirded by an earnest commitment to generate knowledge that can be used to ameliorate social suffering. We are committed to a sociology that contributes to a more humane, equal, and just society and that invites diverse perspectives and forms of knowledge into the conversation. 

H&S reviews books in thematic bundles. This, we believe, enhances the effectiveness of the reviews, as they can be situated in a collection of topically similar texts that deliver contrasting theoretical and empirical approaches. To this end, we encourage our reviewers to address not only how individual books contribute to their own specialized field of knowledge, but to also think of the broader implications of the study and its insights for understanding the general process of stratification and social change among other contemporary approaches. 

H&S generally does not publish unsolicited book reviews. However, we are always interested in being alerted to new books that speak to the humanist sociological tradition and to new people who wish to review those books. If you would like to suggest a book for review, please send the full bibliographic information about the book to the book review editor, Selina R. Gallo-Cruz at the address below. Also, if you would like to be considered as a book reviewer, please send a copy of curriculum vitae and a list of at least three general and three specific (no more than six) key subject areas in which you would be comfortable reviewing, to the book review editor. Please note that book reviews are limited to 750-1000 words, depending on the number of entries per issue. 

Selina R. Gallo-Cruz 
Book Review Editor, Humanity & Society 
Department of Sociology and Anthropology 
College of the Holy Cross 
1 College Street 
Worcester, MA 01610 

Multimedia Review Submissions 

Recognizing the multiple modalities of communication and how presentations enhance our sociological understanding of the complex realities of the 21st century, Humanity & Society announces the introduction of media reviews. We invite reviewers of sociological messages in photography, web-based art, websites, popular films and documentaries, radio broadcasts, and multimedia presentations. We also invite suggestions for media reviews. 

*Please note that book reviews should be sent to our book review editor, Selina Gallo-Cruz at As a generalist sociology journal, Humanity & Society publishes media reviews on a wide variety of topics. We are particularly interested in media presentations that are relevant to humanist sociology. Humanist sociology is broadly defined as a sociology that views people not only as products of social forces but also as agents in their lives and the world. We are committed to a sociology that contributes to a more humane, equal, and just society.

The journal welcomes reviewers from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives, including activists, graduate students, and practitioners in fields other than sociology. Potential reviewers are also encouraged to contact the Media Editor, Bhoomi K. Thakore, with suggestions for reviews in their areas of interest and expertise.

Agreement to prepare a review for Humanity & Society assumes that the reviewer has no substantial material or personal connection to the material or to the producer. Reviews in violation of this guideline will not be published.

Written submissions should not exceed 1,000 words. Reviews should also include your:

Media Outlet:
Mailing Address:
Email Address: 
& Titles and dates published, along with URLs for electronic and multimedia presentations. 
If you think any additional contextual information would be useful, please include it with your submission/review. 

To review for Humanity & Society, or to offer suggestions for reviews, please contact our Media Editor, Bhoomi K. Thakore, with a brief summary of your interest and prior reviewing experience at

Supplemental Materials 

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

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