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International Sociology Review of Books becomes International Sociology Reviews

With the September 2013 issue, we undergo a name change: International Sociology Reviews (ISR) continues what was begun as International Sociology Review of Books (ISRB). The new, simpler name, highlights our ambition to revive part of the original mission of the journal, namely to serve as a venue for reviewing different types of materials of interest to an international community of sociologists.

While we will continue to review books, we are aware that sociological knowledge appears in a variety of formats, especially given new media and different traditions of organizing and producing knowledge. 

In the future, we hope to devote more space to reviewing sociological knowledge produced in different formats. These may include audio-visual materials, including film, television, and radio programs; relevant electronic sources such as blogs and discussion forums; local debates that take place in non-book venues; special issues of other journals; workshops and symposia; art exhibits of special interest to sociologists; and so on.

Our success in this project depends on the extent to which we are able to enrich the sociological imagination, by showing its pervasive character and presence across various genres. I am sure that we will all be served well by this expansion of perspective. Along the way, I encourage our readers and prospective reviewers to help me identify all types of worthy materials that should fall under our purview.

Mohammed A. Bamyeh, Editor


Call for reviews

The launching of the two bi-annual issues of International Sociology Reviews (ISR) is no less than a bid to rekindle the sociological imagination, in particular by contributing to the further development of sociology as a global, and thus richly diverse and lively discipline. How social processes can be explicated under widely different political, economic, and historical conditions has become an inescapable theoretical and practical concern in a world where the free movement of people, goods, and techniques is being promoted or demanded as a basic principle of global life, and where "global society," albeit hazy in its feature, has entered our parlance.

The journal issues are an opportunity to examine whether, and in what way, perspectives on sociology as a science and on human experiences of the social are shaped by structures and worldviews developed in different areas of the planet. ISR therefore reviews sociological work produced in languages other than English.

All prospective reviewers are asked to contact the editor before writing their reviews or review essays, which would otherwise be largely solicited. They are also asked to adhere to the basic elements of our mandate, listed below:

  • ISR invites reviews of books that are of salient interest in different countries.

  • ISR invites review essays of different kinds.
    • Review essays of books written in the same language, comparing and contrasting the publications in sociological terms, providing information about how they relate to particular socio-political and historical contexts;
    • Review essays on books written in different languages that deal with similar or parallel issues;
    • Review essays that clarify similarities and differences among "sociologies" around the world, including those that explore the salience of sociological themes and approaches in areas of inquiry or cultural commentaries beyond those formally classified as "sociology."

  • ISR publishes symposium-type discussions by readers who have different orientations to a given publication. Such symposia provide opportunities to explore connections between sociology and other disciplines.

  • ISR may re-view books published in the past that have a place in local, regional, or global sociological canons, with an underlying goal of assessing their impact on the development of the discipline in different countries.

  • ISR welcomes occasional reviews that compare and contrast how sociological theory or research is presented through channels other than books, including journals, internet blogs, film, radio, and television.

  • ISR always seeks information on "the state of the art" on different continents. In this connection, ISR seeks to provide an overview of sociological publications in different countries, including schools and major influences; extent of distribution of sociological materials; their target audiences; teaching and research environments; and the status of sociological knowledge (broadly defined) in local or regional public spheres.

Please follow the guidelines for submitting reviews.
Send contributions and queries to:

Mohammed A. Bamyeh, Professor
Editor, International Sociology Review of Books
Department of Sociology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA


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