Celebrating 40 year!


SSJ is celebrating 40 years of publishing in the Sociology of Sport!

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Sociology of Sport Journal

Official Journal of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport

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Top 40 at 40

The Sociology of Sport Journal is celebrating 40 years of publishing by revisiting our top-10 articles for each decade. We've invited emerging scholars to comment on the continuted significance of these articles and what has changed in the time since they were published. All of the articles are permanently free to read. We hope you enjoy seeing SSJ's history and will look to the future of the sociology of sport with us.

1980s

Sports and Male Domination: The Female Athlete as Contested Ideological Terrain

By Michael A. Messner. 1988. Sociology of Sport Journal, 5(3), 197–211.

The Construction and Confirmation of Identity in Sport Subcultures

By Peter Donnelly and Kevin Young. 1988. Sociology of Sport Journal, 5(3), 223–240.

Program for a Sociology of Sport

By Pierre Bourdieu. 1988. Sociology of Sport Journal, 5(2), 153–161.

The Socialization of Elite Tennis Players in Sweden: An Analysis of the Players’ Backgrounds and Development

By Rolf Carlson. 1988. Sociology of Sport Journal, 5(3), 241–256.

Denial of Power in Televised Women’s Sports

By Margaret Carlisle Duncan and Cynthia A. Hasbrook. 1988. Sociology of Sport Journal, 5(1), 1–21.

Divergence in Moral Reasoning about Sport and Everyday Life

By Brenda Jo Bredemeier and David L. Shields. 1984. Sociology of Sport Journal, 1(4), 348–357.

Racial Relations Theories and Sport: Suggestions for a More Critical Analysis

By Susan Birrell. 1989. Sociology of Sport Journal, 6(3), 212–227.

From Public Issue to Personal Trouble: Well-Being and the Fiscal Crisis of the State

By Alan G. Ingham. 1985. Sociology of Sport Journal, 2(1), 43–55.

The Relationship between Children’s Legitimacy Judgments and Their Moral Reasoning, Aggression Tendencies, and Sport Involvement

By Brenda Jo Bredemeier, Maureen R. Weiss, David L. Shields, and Bruce A.B. Cooper. 1987. Sociology of Sport Journal, 4(1), 48–60.

Work Routines in Newspaper Sports Departments and the Coverage of Women’s Sports

By Nancy Theberge and Alan Cronk. 1986. Sociology of Sport Journal, 3(3), 195–203.

1990s

Coming April 2023

2000s

Coming July 2023

2010s

Coming October 2023

SSJ 2021 JIF: 2.349Published four times a year (March, June, September, December), the Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ) publishes original research, framed by social theory, on exercise, sport, physical culture, and the (physically active) body. Analyses from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives are encouraged to stimulate further research, critical thought, and theory development on topics ranging in broad scope from global professional sport, coaching, commercial exercise/fitness, and recreational physical activity. The journal publishes an array of peer-reviewed research articles, research notes, and book reviews. Members of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) receive SSJ as part of their membership.

Mission

The purpose of the Sociology of Sport Journal is to stimulate and communicate research, critical thought, and theory development on issues pertaining to the sociology of sport. The journal publishes peer-reviewed empirical and theoretical papers; book reviews; and critical essays. Analyses of sport and physical culture from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives are encouraged. Submissions concerned with sport and physical culture as related to race, class, gender, sexuality, popular media, political economy, globalization, technology, and youth culture are especially welcome.

Editor-in-Chief

Cheryl Cooky, PhD
Purdue University, USA
ccooky@purdue.edu
 

Editors-in-Chief Emeriti

Jay Coakley (Founding Editor: 1984–1989)
Peter Donnelly (1990–1994)
Cynthia Hasbrook (1995–1998)
Christopher Stevenson (1999–2001)
Nancy Theberge (2002–2004)
Annelies Knoppers (2005–2008)
Pirkko Markula (2009–2011)
Michael Atkinson (2012–2014)
Michael D. Giardina (2015–2020)
 

Associate Editors

Rachel Allison
Mississippi State University, USA

Daniel Burdsey
University of Brighton, UK

Joseph Cooper
University of Massachusetts-Boston, USA

Audrey Giles
University of Ottawa, Canada

Shannon Jette
University of Maryland, USA

Yuka Nakamura
York University, Canada
 

Book Review Editor

Guy Harrison
University of Tennessee-Knoxville, USA
 

Editorial Board

Sine Agergaard, Aalborg University, Denmark

Kristi Allain, St. Thomas University, Canada

Dunja Antunovic, University of Minnesota, USA

Constancio Arnaldo, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. USA

Ali Bowes, Nottingham Trent University. UK

Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown, University of Cincinnati, USA

Paul Ian Campbell, University of Leicester, UK

Jim Cherrington, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Chen Chen, University of Connecticut, USA

Michael Dao, San Jose State University, USA

Nikolas Dickerson, University of Lincoln, UK

Katelyn Esmonde, Johns Hopkins, USA

Michelle H. S. Ho, National University of Singapore. Singapore

Jonathan Howe, Temple University. USA

Katharine Jones, Thomas Jefferson University, USA

Janelle Joseph, University of Toronto. Canada

Ajhanai Keaton, University of Louisville, USA

Kyle Kusz, University of Rhode Island, USA

Lucen Liu, Zhejiang University. China

Adam Love, University of Tennessee, USA

Cheryl MacDonald, Saint Mary's University, Canada

Javier Monforte, Durham University, UK

Moss Norman, University of British Columbia, Canada

Thomas Oates, University of Iowa, USA

Christine O'Bonsawin, University of Victoria, Canada

Rebecca Olive, RMIT University, Australia

Joyce Olushola Ogunrinde, University of Houston. USA

Adele Pavlidis, Griffiths University, Australia

Stacey Pope, Durham University, UK

Carolyn Prouse, Queen's University, Canada

Derek Silva, Western University, Canada

John Singer, Texas A&M University, USA

Courtney Szto, Queens University, Canada

Sarah Teetzel, University of Manitoba, Canada

Nicola de Martini Ugolotti, Bournemouth University, UK

Grace Yan, University of South Carolina, USA


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Tammy Miller, Senior Journals Managing Editor

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Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to:

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Human Kinetics is pleased to allow our authors the option of having their articles published Open Access. In order for an article to be published Open Access, authors must complete and return the Request for Open Access form and provide payment for this option. To learn more and request Open Access, click here.

Manuscript Guidelines

The Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ) publishes theoretical and empirical work, framed by social theory, on exercise, sport, and the (physically active) body. Papers submitted to this journal should not be published elsewhere. If an author uses the same data in previously submitted work, then the author should describe in a cover letter how the current paper is significantly different from other submissions or articles. Submissions should not be under consideration for any other publication at the same time.

The editorial staff for SSJ consists of the editor, two associate editors, and the past editor. Each paper is initially reviewed by the editor. If its content is deemed to be congruent with the mission of SSJ, the paper will be assigned to one of the editorial staff who will then send it to referees for blind peer review. The review process usually takes 10 weeks. The editor will decide, based on the reviewers’ and associate editor's recommendations, whether the paper should be accepted as is, revised, or rejected. Manuscripts will be evaluated in terms of relevance to the sociocultural studies of sport and physical activity, theoretical contribution, methodological appropriateness, clarity and thoroughness of data analysis, and presentation of results and discussion/conclusion.

All manuscripts must be preceded by an abstract of 75–125 words typed on a separate page. Manuscripts should be double-spaced including the abstract, block quotations, endnotes, references, and tables. The length of submitted Articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words, references and endnotes included. Articles that are longer might be returned to the authors for shortening. Research Notes should be succinct presentations of contemporary and important sociological issues in sport and physical culture. Research Notes may present preliminary analyses and/or exploratory findings, methodological considerations for data collection and analysis, and/or development of a theoretical point or model. The empirical findings and/or theoretical developments must be explained and documented concisely between 3,000 and 4,000 words, references and endnotes included.

For both Articles and Research Notes, authors should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition, 2020) guidelines for journal article style. Endnotes should be limited in number (all important information should be included in the text of the article).

Because a blind review process is used to evaluate manuscripts, all clues to the identity of the author must be eliminated throughout the manuscript. Make sure that all references to the author and to other publications by the author are referenced as “author” and not by name. The reference list should not include these references. The first page of the manuscript should not include author names or affiliations, but it should include the title of the paper and the date of submission.

All art must be professionally prepared, with clean, crisp lines, and be camera-ready; freehand or typewritten lettering will not be accepted. If photos are used, they should be black and white, clear, and show good contrast. Each figure and photo must be properly identified. In graphs, use black and white only, no shading or color. Keep labels proportionate with the size of the figures on the journal page. Digital images should be 300 dpi at full size for photos and 600 dpi for line art. Format tables in the table function of your word-processing program rather than aligning columns in text with tabs and spaces or using text boxes.

Specific Guidelines for Book Reviews

The Sociology of Sport Journal is committed to publishing reviews of recent books that contribute to the sociology of sport or related fields. In most cases, reviews will be solicited by the Book Review Editor. Scholars who are interested in reviewing for the journal should contact the Book Review Editor to indicate their areas of expertise. The current editor is Dr. Guy Harrison (gharri37@tennessee.edu).

Review Format

Book review authors should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition, 2020) guidelines for journal article style. Endnotes should be limited in number (all important information should be included in the text of the article). Avoid footnotes. Keep references to a minimum. Check for the correct spelling of proper names. Check quotations for accuracy and make sure to provide page numbers for quotes. Reviews should be approximately 1,500 to 1,800 words. The text, including quotes and bibliographic information, should be double-spaced.

Bibliographic information for the book should be placed at the top of the review in the following format:

Title By Author(s). Publisher, year of publication, location of publisher.
Reviewed by: Reviewer, institutional affiliation, location.

For example:

Body Panic: Gender, Health and the Selling of Fitness By Shari Dworkin and Faye Wachs. New York University Press, 2009, New York, NY.
Reviewed by: Cheryl Cooky, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Review Content

A good review provides description and analysis and attempts to situate a book in a larger context. You should describe the author’s central argument, intent, or goal and the author’s approach to the subject. Please avoid a chapter-by-chapter listing of themes. You might want to contextualize the text by situating it in relationship to the author’s previous works, to debates in the broader culture, or to relevant literature. Your analysis of the book could include a discussion of what makes it unique, its strengths and weaknesses, the implications of its arguments, and/or its relationship to other texts. You could also comment on the book’s potential impact on the field or on a specific area of study, theoretical approach, or methodology. Illustrate your points with examples from the text. First-time reviewers are encouraged to read reviews that have appeared in past issues of the journal.

Editorial Process

The submission of a review confirms that the review has not and will not appear elsewhere in published form. Book reviews will be received and edited by the Book Review Editor. Reviewers should note that the solicitation of a book review or the submission of an unsolicited review does not guarantee publication in the Sociology of Sport Journal. Reviewers may be asked by the Book Review Editor to revise their reviews. The Book Review Editor makes recommendations for acceptance of reviews to the Editor-in-Chief of the journal. The Editor-in-Chief makes all final decisions about what will appear in the journal.

Specific Guidelines for Special Issues

The following guidelines are intended to help scholars prepare a special issue proposal. In no more than four pages author(s) should address the following questions using the headings provided.

1. Synopsis

  • In 150 words or less, what is your special issue about? Important: Be sure to include its main themes and objectives.

2. Rationale

  • What are you proposing to do differently/more innovatively/better than has already been done on the topic (in SSJ specifically, as well as in the field more generally)?
  • Why is now the time for a special issue on this topic?
  • Why is SSJ the most appropriate venue for this topic?
  • What are the main competing works on the topic (e.g., edited books, other special issues)?

3. Qualifications

  • Why are you the right person(s) to edit a special issue on this topic? Why are you an expert in this area? What have you previously written on the topic?
  • Have you edited/co-edited a special issue before? If yes, please give the citation(s).
  • Have you edited/co-edited a book before? If yes, please give the citation(s).
  • Do you currently serve on any journal editorial boards? If yes, please list.
  • Please provide your vitae.

4. Timeline

  • Given that it takes approximately 12 months to complete a special issue, please provide a detailed timeline including estimated dates or time frames for the following steps: (a) Call for papers, (b) Submission deadline, (c) Review process, (d) Revision process, (e) Copyediting, (f) Final editing and approval from SSJ editor, (g) Completion and submission to Human Kinetics

Submitting a Manuscript

Authors should submit manuscripts electronically through ScholarOne (see submission button at the top of this page). Please access the site and follow the directions for authors submitting manuscripts. Problems can be resolved by choosing “Help” in the upper right corner of the screen.

Authors are advised to proofread the final copy carefully and to verify the accuracy of references before submitting. There are no page charges for contributors. Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication must transfer copyright to Human Kinetics, Inc.

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SSJ Article of Year Award

 

This award is presented by the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport to the author(s) of the best article published in SSJ from the previous calendar year.

 

2022: The Nature of the Body in Sport and Physical Culture: From Bodies and Environments to Ecological Embodiment

Samantha King and Gavin Weedon

2021: “Where I’m From”: Jay-Z’s “Hip Hop Cosmopolitanism,” Basketball, and the Neoliberal Politics of Urban Space

By Thomas P. Oates

2020: Indigenous Gender Reformations: Physical Culture, Settler Colonialism and the Politics of Containment

By Moss Norman, Michael Hart, and LeAnne Petherick

2019: Educating Parents of Children in Sport About Abuse Using Narrative Pedagogy

Jenny McMahon, Camilla J. Knight, and Kerry R. McGannon

2018: "We Cannot Stand Idly By”: A Necessary Call for a Public Sociology of Sport

By Cheryl Cooky

2017: Athletic Women’s Experiences of Amenorrhea: Biomedical Technologies, Somatic Ethics and Embodied Subjectivities

By Holly Thorpe

2016: “It’s Recovery United for Me”: Promises and Pitfalls of Football as Part of Mental Health Recovery

By Jonathon Magee, Ramón Spaaij, and Ruth Jeanes

2015: “When Is a Drug Not a Drug? Troubling Silences and Unsettling Painkillers in the National Football League

By Samantha King, R. Scott Carey, Naila Jinnah, Rob Millington, Andrea Phillipson, Carolyn Prouse, and Matt Ventresca

2014: Translation With Abusive Fidelity: Methodological Issues in Translating Media Texts About Korean LPGA Players

By Kyoung-Yim Kim

2013: Corporate Nationalism and Globalization of Nike Advertising in “Asia”: Production and Representation Practice of Cultural Intermediaries

By Koji Kobayashi

2012: Gender Ideologies, Youth Sports and the Production of Soft Essentialism

By Michael A. Messner

2011: Danny Almonte: Discursive Construction(s) of (Im)migrant Citizenship in Neoliberal America

Ryan King-White

2010: New Media and the Repackaging of NFL Fandom

By Thomas Patrick Oates

2009: What's Queer about (Queer) Sport Sociology Now? A Review Essay

By Samantha King

2008: A Governmental Analysis of Children "At Risk" in a World of Physical Inactivity and Obesity Epidemics

By Lisa McDermott

2007: (Un)Disciplined Bodies: A Foucauldian Analysis of Women's Rugby

By Laura Frances Chase

2006: Athletes as Agents of Change: An Examination of Shifting Race Relations Within Women's Netball in Post-Apartheid South Africa

by Cynthia Fabrizio Pelak

2005: From Corporate Welfare to National Interest: Newspaper Analysis of the Public Subsidization of NHL Hockey Debate in Canada

By Jay Scherer and Steven J. Jackson

2004: Posthuman Podiums: Cyborg Narratives of Elite Track and Field Athletes

By Ted Butryn

2003: Mapping the Field of "AR": Adventure Racing and Bourdieu's Concept of Field

By Joanne Kay and Suzanne Laberge

2002: Together We're One? The “Place” of the Nation in Media Representations of the 1998 Kuala Lompur Commonwealth Games

By Michael Silk

2001: The Expendable Prolympic Self. Going Beyond the Boundaries of the Sociology of Sport

By Alan G. Ingham, Bryan J. Blissmer, and Kristen Wells Davidson

1999: Turning the Closets Inside/Out: Towards a Queer-Feminist Theory in Women's Physical Education

By Heather Sykes

1997: Networks: Producing Olympic Ice Hockey for a National Television Audience

By Margaret MacNeill

1995: Participation in High School Competitive Sports: A Subversion of School Mission or Contribution to Academic Goals?

By Naomi Fejgin

1993: Fraternal Bonding in the Locker Room: A Profeminist Analysis of Talk about Competition and Women

By Tim Curry

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