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Journal of Sociology

Journal of Sociology

Published in Association with The Australian Sociological Association

eISSN: 17412978 | ISSN: 14407833 | Current volume: 60 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

The Journal of Sociology Best Paper Award is given to the paper that the Editorial Team considers best encapsulates broad readership appeal, sound methods, and whose theory advances our understanding of sociology.

We are pleased to announce that the 2022 Best Paper Award is awarded to Yoko Kanemasu and Asenati Liki: “Let fa’afafine shine like diamonds”: Balancing accommodation, negotiation and resistance in gender-nonconforming Samoans’ counter-hegemony.

Journal of Sociology is the official journal of The Australian Sociological Association. It carries peer refereed articles of sociological research and theory on issues of interest to Australian sociology and aims to promote dialogue and exchange between Australian sociologists and the international community of sociology.

All issues of Journal of Sociology are available to browse online.

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


The Journal of Sociology strives to publish original, high quality sociological scholarship in all its forms. We are committed to showcasing theory as well as applied sociology, incorporating both quantitative and qualitative research. We welcome interdisciplinary pieces with concerns that are sociological in nature, in an acknowledgment that sociological thinking takes place across a range of disciplines, such as in cultural, gender and organisation studies, and outside of the academy. The Journal engages in critical debate, through the development of special editions, book reviews, a commitment to emerging scholars and commentary on pressing issues. While the Journal is based in the Southern Hemisphere, and wishes to showcase intellectual works from the Asia-Pacific region, including Indigenous scholarship, we encourage submissions from across the globe.

Editor in Chief
Associate Professor Helen Forbes-Mewett Monash University, Australia
Book Review Editor
Dr Charishma Ratnam Deakin University, Australia
Managing Editor
Faiza Yasmeen Monash University, Australia
Associate Editors
Dr Nicholas Hookway University of Tasmania, Australia
Dr Ashley Humphrey Federation University, Australia
Dr Pei-Chun Ko Monash University, Australia
Professor JaneMaree Maher Monash University, Australia
Dr Naomi Pfitzner Monash University, Australia
Dr Charishma Ratnam Deakin University, Australia
Dr Brady Robards Monash University, Australia
Dr Allegra Schermuly Monash University, Australia
Professor Neil Selwyn Monash University, Australia
Associate Professor Yolande Strengers Monash University, Australia
Dr Claire Tanner Monash University, Australia
National Expert Advisory Board
Sharyn Roach Anleu Flinders University, Australia
Raewyn Connell University of Sydney, Australia
Christopher Deeming University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK
Michael Gilding Flinders University, Australia
Professor Catherine Gomes RMIT, Australia
Kate Huppatz Western Sydney University, Australia
Deborah Lupton University of New South Wales, Australia
Alphia Possamai-Inesedy Western Sydney University, Australia
Rob Stones Western Sydney University, Australia
Mark Western University of Queensland, Australia
Rob White University of Tasmania, Australia
Dan Woodman University of Melbourne, Australia
Johanna Wyn University of Melbourne, Australia
International Editorial Board
Peter Beilharz Sichuan University, China
Manuela Boatca Universität Freiburg, Germany
Sharon Bong Monash University, Malaysia
Craig Calhoun University Professor of Social Sciences, Arizona State University, USA / Centennial Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Rebecca Coleman Goldsmiths University of London, UK
Kevin Dew Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Jan Willem Duyvendak University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nicholas Gane University of Warwick, UK
Rosalind Gill City, University of London, UK
Michelle Harris University at Albany, SUNY, USA
Lani V. Jones University at Albany, SUNY, USA
Joanna Kidman Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Steve Mathewman University of Auckland, New Zealand
Steven Ratuva University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Mike Savage London School of Economics, UK
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    Sage does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication. Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:

    •  The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors

    •  The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper

    •  The author has recommended the reviewer

    •  The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution). 


    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.


    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communciations company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).

    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    Declaration of conflicting interests             

    Journal of Sociology encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the

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    Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway



    Journal of Sociologyand Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all Sage journals, or appropriate legal action.

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    Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available — see below

    Open access and author archiving

    Journal of Sociology offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.


    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the Sage Journal Author Gateway


    Submission of articles

    Sage TRACK

    All submissions should be made online at the Journal of Sociology SageTRACK website


    Please log onto the website. New users will first need to create an account. This is a 3-step system that takes a matter of minutes to set up. Log-in information is sent via email immediately upon completion. Full instructions for uploading the manuscript are provided on the website. If you have already created an account but have forgotten your details type your email address in the 'Password Help' to receive an emailed reminder.

    Submissions should be made via the Author Center and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. For questions and a user guide, please use the 'Get Help Now' button at the top right of every screen. Further help is available through ScholarOne's Manuscript Central customer support at +1 434-817-2040 x 167, or email:

    Please ensure that your Microsoft Word or RTF document does NOT include a title page or page numbers; the Journal of Sociology SageTRACK system will generate them for you. It is imperative that authors remove from their submissions any information that will identify them or their affiliations to reviewers. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revisions, will be by email.

    Preparation of copy

    The Journal of Sociology is a peer-reviewed publication. Articles between 6000-8000 words (double spaced pages) including tables, notes and references, are accepted for review. The Editors reserve the right to return papers to authors where they exceed this word limit. Submission of a manuscript to another journal while under review by the Journal of Sociology is unethical. Breach of this principle will result in the paper being removed from consideration for publication in the JOS. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a signed statement that it has not been published previously and that it has not and will not be sent for consideration by another journal while submitted to the Journal of Sociology.

    Currently, the Journal of Sociology is not accepting unsolicited book reviews

    Prepare copy as follows:

    1. Manuscripts should be double spaced and should not include page numbers as the SageTRACK system will create these automatically.

    2. Manuscripts should be submitted with the name and affiliation of the author as a supplementary document to preserve anonymity. Please provide the word count on the manuscript.

    3. All manuscripts should be accompanied by an abstract of 100-150 words plus 5 or 6 key words.

    4. Footnotes should be numbered serially, typed double-spaced, and should be listed at the end of the article or research report, and should be kept to a minimum.

    5. Each table should be typed on a separate page. Insert a guideline, e.g., [Table 1 about here] at the appropriate place in the manuscript. Complex tables can present problems in the conversion from one program to another. Please key tables into the text using one tab only between columns. Do not use spaces between columns. Do not worry about the alignment of columns, but indicate on the printout how the table should appear. Key in a return at the end of a line. Do not tab to wrap.

    6. Please provide a separate brief (no more than 50 words) autobiographical note with your contribution and ensure that a full mailing address and email address is included.

    References in the text:

    All references to books, articles and other sources are to be identified at an appropriate point in the text by name of author, year of publication, and pagination (within parentheses). Footnotes are to be limited to substantive observations only. There is no need for 'ibid', 'loc cit' or 'op cit'. For example:

    1. If the author's name is in the text, follow it by the year of publication and a page reference: As Brown (1999: 267) has shown in her case study . . . . If the author's name is not in text, insert at an appropriate point surname, year of publication and page reference, for example: Australian research on changes to the middle class suggests …. (Solomon 1998: 135). Note that pagination, author and year are separated by a colon.

    2. Where two authors are involved, cite both surnames. Where more than two authors are involved, cite the first surname followed by et al. For institutional authorship, supply only sufficient information for positive identification: The aim of this working paper is to explore the future of sociology in Australia (Department of Sociology, Flinders University, 1997).

    3. Separate multiple citations by semicolons: The professions are the subject of considerable sociological attention (e.g., Chagnon 1994; Lorber 1992; Vassiliou 1999).

    4. Where there is more than one reference in an article to the same author and year, use letters (a, b, etc.) to distinguish them one from the other. For example: (Roberts 1999a; 1999b).

    Format of references:

    List all items cited in the text alphabetically by author and for each author, by year of publication in an appendix titled References. List all authors by name - do not use et al. or ampersands (&). For example:

    Burke, M. (2002) 'Global Boom and Bust Following the World Trade Centre Collapse', Journal of Sociology 38: 135-51.

    Shaw, M. J. (2000) Life as a Graduate Student in Australian Universities. London: Sage.

    Thompson, M. and J. Smith (1999) 'Gender and Wealth: Beyond the Patterns and the Paradox', pp. 156-87 in J. Montague (ed.) Wealth in Australia: Sociological Concepts and Issues, 2nd edn. Sydney: Prentice Hall.

    If you would like to discuss your article with the editors prior to submission, please contact the managing editor: Faiza Yasmeen, E-mail:

    English Language Editing Services: Please click here for information on professional English language editing services recommended by Sage.

    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.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID 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. Your ORCID iD will become 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.

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