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Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

eISSN: 15525414 | ISSN: 08912416 | Current volume: 53 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Bi-monthly

The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (JCE) is an international and interdisciplinary forum for research that uses ethnographic methods to examine how people act, interact, and construct meanings and identities in natural settings. These settings include groups, subcultures, organizations, and societies.

JCE brings you relevant material that examines a broad spectrum of social interactions and practices from a variety of academic disciplines including, but not limited to, Sociology, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, Health Studies, Anthropology, Management, and Marketing.

Recent and forthcoming articles explore the following issues:

  • Gender maneuvering and contested femininities in women’s roller derby
  • The “micropolitics of trouble” in college roommate relationships
  • Sex work and the global sex industry in Vietnam
  • Workplace bullying and its interactional and emotional consequences
  • Multicultural sororities and the reproduction of inequalities
  • Sound acts, somatic work, and the construction of sonic order
  • African American youth and their negotiation of unwelcome police encounters
  • Violent inmates and their use of street codes as formula stories
  • Polyamorous families and their relationships
  • “Dirty work” among veterinarian technicians
  • Youth crime and emotions contests in Canadian newspapers
  • Identity work and stigma management among women on parole
  • Place-work and the negotiation of belongingness in contested space
  • Affluent youth volunteers and their negotiation of class privilege
  • Holocaust survivors and the cross-generational transmission of trauma
  • Scrapbooking and the construction of family capital
  • Hegemonic masculinity and Southern rock music revivals
  • “Edgework” in a sadomasochist community
  • Rock climbers, claimsmaking, and intergroup conflict
  • Identity construction and transformation among environmental activists

About once each year, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography offers single-theme special issues devoted to topics of particular concern. Themes highlighted in recent and forthcoming special issues include:

  • Global Ethnography and Transnationalism
  • Constructing a Color Line in the 21st Century
  • Methodological Complexity and Seldom Told Tales from the Field
  • The Best of the 2010 Canadian Qualitatives Conference

From time to time, JCE also publishes review symposia or review essays. In the past, the symposia have focused on themes such as “Crisis in Representation” and “Queer Diasporas.” The review essays have addressed topics such as “Reading the Body through a Cultural Lens” and “Ethnographically Crossing Chasms.”

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

The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography publishes in-depth investigations of diverse people interacting in their natural environments to produce and communicate meaning. At its best, ethnography captures the strange in the familiar and the familiar in the strange. JCE is committed to pushing the boundaries of ethnographic discovery by building upon its 30+ year tradition of top notch scholarship.

Charles Edgley University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Jeff Nash University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Managing Editor
Charles Edgley University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Deputy Editor, Anthropology
Paul Stoller West Chester University, USA
Deputy Editor, Communications
Tamar Katriel University of Haifa, Israel
Deputy Editor, Criminal Justice
Jody Miller Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, USA
Deputy Editor, Education
David M. Fetterman Fetterman & Associates
Deputy Editor, Health Studies
Monica Casper University of Arizona, USA
Deputy Editor, Management
Mitchel Abolafia State University of New York, Albany, USA
Deputy Editor, Marketing
Eric Arnould University of Nebraska, USA
Associate Editors
Mitchel Abolafia State University of New York, Albany, USA
Tony E. Adams Northeastern Illinois University, USA
Patricia A. Adler University of Colorado, USA
Peter Adler University of Denver, USA
Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson University of Lincoln, UK
Leon Anderson Utah State University, Logan, USA
Lonnie Athens Seton Hall University, USA
Howard Becker San Francisco, USA
Robert Benford Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA
Dr. Kurt Borchard University of Nebraska Kearney, USA
Lodewijk Brunt University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Thomas Calhoun Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA
Denise Copelton SUNY-Brockport
Norman K. Denzin University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign, USA
Donna Eder Indiana University, USA
Carolyn Ellis University of South Florida, USA
Robert Emerson University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Michael J Emmison University of Queensland, Australia
Jessica Fields San Francisco State University, USA
Gary Alan Fine Northwestern University
Patricia Gagne University of Louisville, USA
Herbert Gans Columbia University, USA
Timothy B. Gongaware University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, USA
Julian McAllister Groves Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China
Scott R. Harris Saint Louis University, USA
James Holstein Marquette University, USA
Matthew W. Hughey University of Connecticut, USA
Michael Katovich Texas Christian University, USA
Sherryl Kleinman University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, USA
Joseph Kotarba Texas State University, USA
Lora Bex Lempert University of Michigan - Dearborn, USA
John Lofland University of California, Davis, USA
Lyn Lofland University of California, Davis, USA
Donileen R. Loseke University of South Florida, USA
David Maines Oakland University, USA
Peter K. Manning Northeastern University, USA
Pirkko Markula University of Exeter, UK
Gale Miller Marquette University, USA
Beth Montemurro Penn State, Abington, USA
Calvin Morrill University of California, Irvine, USA
Christopher W. Mullins Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA
Christian Nelson MCPHS University, USA
Virginia L. Olesen University of California, San Francisco, USA
Tarla Rai Peterson The University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Robert C. Prus University of Waterloo, Canada
Tamar Rapoport Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Shulamit Reinharz Brandeis University, USA
Laurel Richardson Ohio State University, USA
Clinton Sanders University of Connecticut, USA
Kent Sandstrom North Dakota State University, USA
William Shaffir McMaster University, Canada
David Snow University of California, Irvine, USA
Suzanne Staggenborg McGill University, Canada
Kathryn B. Ward Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA
Dennis Waskul Minnesota State University, Mankato, USA
Rhys H. Williams Loyola University, Chicago, USA
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  • For nearly 40 years, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (JCE) has been recognized as a top outlet for ethnographic research. Published six times per year, JCE is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal. JCE focuses on empirical studies based on ethnographic methods including participant observation, unobtrusive observation, intensive interviewing, contextualized discourse analysis, narrative analysis, and qualitative feminist analysis.

    JCE invites researchers to submit original articles, reviews, or special issue proposals to the editors. The journal welcomes submissions from a variety of academic disciplines including, but not limited to, Sociology, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, Religious Studies, Anthropology, Management, and Marketing.

    Manuscripts may be submitted at All submissions sent out for review will be peer reviewed. JCE aims to have all reviewed papers go through their initial review within three months of receipt. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in JCE. Previously published papers and papers under review by another journal are not acceptable.

    Manuscripts should be contextualized within relevant theoretical or methodological literatures. They should also highlight their theoretical or methodological contributions to the field. Empirical pieces should detail the methods for data collection and analysis. Generally, manuscripts should not exceed 40 pages (or word count equivalent of 250 words per page of 10,000), including tables, notes, and references. All manuscripts must include an abstract of no more than 150 words. Use American Sociological Association (ASA) Style Guide, 5th edition, double-space the manuscript, include references, tables, footnotes, etc and a short informative abstract of approximately 150 words (please attempt to keep footnotes at a minimum). To ensure anonymity, keep all identifying information out of both the text and the bibliography. The abstract and manuscript are sent to reviewers and therefore should contain only the title.

    Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in JCE. Previously published papers and papers under review by another journal are not acceptable.

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID

    ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized. 

    We encourage all authors and co-authors to link their ORCIDs to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. We collect ORCID iDs during the manuscript submission process and your ORCID iD then becomes part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.


    JCE may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.

    If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    Visit the Sage Journals and Preprints page for more details about preprints.

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