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Aims & Scope

Social Problems is the official publication of The Society for the Study of Social Problems and one of the most widely respected and read professional journals in the social sciences. This quarterly journal presents accessible, relevant, and innovative articles that uphold critical perspectives on contemporary social issues. Ultimately, Social Problems offers influential sociological findings and theories that have the ability to help us both better understand and better deal with our complex social environment.

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Articles in the Press

"Are smart people less racist?" That's the question catching media buzz from The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and National Post. An article  in the February Issue of Social Problems prompted the discussion. 

Highly Cited Articles

Social Problems is ranked 15th out of 142 sociology journals with an Impact Factor of 1.729 according to the 2014 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2015). In celebration of this accomplishment, a collection of highly cited articles is now freely available.

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The Authors' Attic

The Authors' Attic'is a forum that provides authors an opportunity to discuss pressing and relevant social issues of our time. 

In this installment, Timo Böhm joins us to discuss his recent article entitled, "Activists in Politics: The Influence of Embedded Activists on the Success of Social Movements." The article appears in the November 2015 Issue.

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