British Journal of Sociology

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The British Journal of Sociology is an academic journal
Academic journal
An academic journal is a peer-reviewed periodical in which scholarship relating to a particular academic discipline is published. Academic journals serve as forums for the introduction and presentation for scrutiny of new research, and the critique of existing research...

, founded in 1950 at the London School of Economics
London School of Economics
The London School of Economics and Political Science is a public research university specialised in the social sciences located in London, United Kingdom, and a constituent college of the federal University of London...

. The main founders were the sociologists Morris Ginsberg
Morris Ginsberg
Morris Ginsberg was a UK sociologist. He was president of the Aristotelian Society from 1942 to 1943. Ginsberg helped draft the UNESCO 1950 statement titled The Race Question...

 and Thomas Humphrey Marshall
Thomas Humphrey Marshall
Thomas Humphrey Marshall was a British sociologist, most noted for his essays, such as the essay collection Citizenship and Social Class.He was born in 1893 and educated at Rugby School, and Trinity College, Cambridge University...

. Their intended title, "The London Journal of Sociology", seems to have been changed by the publisher before the first issue was brought out. The BJS has been considered to be among "the highest-status journals [that] are the leaders in their particular field".

In the course of 1991–1994, a controversy was carried on in the pages of the BJS between John Goldthorpe
John Goldthorpe
John Harry Goldthorpe FBA is a British sociologist and an emeritus Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He works in the areas of social stratification, macrosociology, and recently cultural consumption...

 and others, regarding the merits and weaknesses of current historical sociology
Historical sociology
Historical sociology is a branch of sociology focusing on how societies develop through history. It looks at how social structure that many regard as natural are in fact shaped by complex social processes...