Focus and Scope
Our objective is to foster the sociological academic debate by publishing PhD and master’s students’ outstanding research from all over the world, encouraging an interdisciplinary and original approach to theory and methodology as well as diversity in the positionalities of its authors.
We recognise that knowledge production in Sociology continues to be affected by hierarchies of power and knowledge, which are structured along the lines of race, class, gender, sexuality and (dis-)ability amongst others. We aim to work against these hierarchies; this affects the work we publish as well as the way we work as an editorial board.
Moreover, we believe that the way that social issues are represented has real-world effects. This means that we pursue a purposeful, engaged and caring approach to social research. Our board doesn’t publish for its own sake; we aim to foster sociological critique that gathers concern with and care for real issues.
In practice, this means publishing scholarship that pushes our discipline to be more ethical, reflexive, socially engaged and that challenges global hegemonies. Our board works as a collective. Recognising the relationship between the interpersonal and wider politics of knowledge production, we reflect on and try to work against internal hierarchies. Furthermore, given the existing barriers to early-career scholars at the Master’s and doctoral level within the academy, we seek to provide a platform for high-quality research for those who face these obstacles elsewhere.
New Sociological Perspectives is published bi-annually online each spring and autumn. We will publish an issue every five or six months, varying slightly to accommodate the review process.
We aim to publish up to ten peer-reviewed articles per issue; however, for us, quality is a higher priority than quantity. Articles will be made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in making content publically accessible.
We will publish up to ten book reviews and translations in each issue.
Open Access Policy
Houghton St Press is an open access publisher, and all of our publications are free to read and published under Creative Commons licences.
Houghton St Press registers our journals and books with as many suitable indexes as possible. All of our article metadata are openly available for harvesting by indexing services via OAI-PMH and the journals are registered with Open Archives for discovery.
Houghton St Press content is LOCKSS enabled, and copies of all Houghton St Press publications are made available from LSE Research Online, the School’s open access repository.
Annotation and post-publication comment
The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal, however, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.
The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via hypothes.is. Readers will require a hypothes.is account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.
The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point. Adverts will include a text heading to make it clear that they are adverts not related to the journal.
If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.
The NSP Blog
Part of our commitment at New Sociological Perspectives is to enrich the sociological debate with graduate students' critical, diverse and innovative research from all over the world. In line with this mission, we opened this Blog as a space for students’ original work that might not fit the formal requirements of an academic journal article, but nonetheless explores some novel and insightful themes related to researching, teaching, and studying sociology.
While our journal caters to a largely academic audience, the New Sociological Perspectives Blog aims at a wider, public audience beyond the ivory tower of academia. In line with the ideal of a ‘public sociology’, we hope that this blog will foster active connections and debates between students, early career academics, and wider society. We welcome blog proposals that engage with theoretical discussions as well as topical and social issues that involve activists, social movement organisations, , volunteers, NGOs, Think Tanks, and local communities active in civil society.
We recognise that the written article is not the only form in which sociological thinking can be cultivated. For this reason, we encourage you to submit any original content that you may have created to convey your research ideas and reflections (e.g. short videos, photo essays, audio content, graphic essays, sociological fiction, etc.).
Finally, this blog has also been opened to bring students together at a more practical level; we are thus open to blog proposals from students and early academics that want to share useful career and research tips based on their personal experience; common problems and solutions for writing a dissertation, publishing the first paper, etc.
If you'd be interested to write for us, please look at our Blog Guidelines for more information about contacts, content, format, and the editing process. We are looking forward to receiving your proposals!
Squid Game, Bordieu amd Precariousness
New Sociological Perspectives is published with the support of the Sociology Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
This journal was founded in 2020 by graduate students from the Sociology Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. It aims to publish forward-thinking research produced by graduate students in sociology and related disciplines, from universities in the UK and abroad.