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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.

Increased Impact Factor

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.

The editors extend their thanks and congratulations to all of the authors, reviewers, and readers who contributed to this achievement. 

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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, Dr. Jacob S. Rugh joins us to discuss his recent article entitled, "Race, Space, and Cumulative Disadvantage: A Case Study of the Subprime Lending Collapse." It is coauthored with Len Albright and Douglas S. Massey, and appears in the May 2015 Issue.


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