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Archives - September 2020

September 29, 2020

Letter in Support of Wendy Leo Moore and James M. Thomas

Last week the Chronicle of Higher Education reported that two Sociology professors and SSSP members were being threatened with termination and/or financial penalty for their participation in #scholarstrike activities. The Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of Social Problems stands behind its members and calls on the President of Texas A&M University and the Chancellor of the University of Mississippi to issue statements of support for Professors Moore and Thomas respectively. Click here to view the Society’s full letter of support.

09/29/2020, 12:39 PM


September 24, 2020

Consider Giving the Gift of SSSP Membership

In these times of economic crisis, racial inequality, and the pandemic, the work of the SSSP is more vital and necessary than ever. Due to the economic uncertainty of these times, many of our graduate students and/or unemployed members may lose out on the important work, and the human connections that SSSP membership brings. The power to change the world starts with one act of kindness. Please consider giving the gift of membership, or even better work with a group of colleagues (in a division, a department, or a university) to join forces to gift more memberships to those who are not in a position to renew their membership right now. For more information on gifting memberships, individually or as a group, please contact

09/24/2020, 08:21 AM


September 22, 2020

Nominations for the 2020 C. Wright Mills Award

Nominations are now open for the 2020 C. Wright Mills Award. Members of the Society are encouraged to submit letters of nomination for this prestigious annual award. Self-nominations are acceptable. Edited volumes, textbooks, fiction and self-published works are not eligible. Eligible books must be first edition (not a reprint or later edition) and bear a 2020 copyright. Exceptions may be made for a book bearing a 2019 copyright, but that was not released until 2020 for the first time. The C. Wright Mills Award, established in 1964, is made annually and carries with it a stipend of $1,000 for the author(s) of the winning book. The deadline for the 2020 award nominations is December 15, 2020

09/22/2020, 02:53 PM


September 17, 2020

How Non-Academics Can Benefit from SSSP

Connecting social research to applications in the field is one of the most important aspects of SSSP’s purpose. If you’re an advocate or a problem-solver looking to ground your extraordinary work in high-quality research, join SSSP and become part of a community seeking to understand and improve the world around us! Learn more about SSSP and how you can participate.

09/17/2020, 12:49 PM


September 16, 2020

Submit a Manuscript for Social Problems

The quarterly journal, Social Problems, brings to the fore influential sociological findings and theories that have the ability to help us both better understand--and better deal with--our complex social environment. Social Problems welcomes manuscript submissions from SSSP members as well as non-members. For information on the submission process visit:

09/16/2020, 08:32 AM


September 10, 2020

Social Problems in the Age of COVID-19 Volume 1: US Perspectives

Written by a highly respected team of authors brought together by the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), this volume provides accessible insights into pressing social problems in the United States in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and proposes public policy responses for victims and justice, precarious populations, employment dilemmas, and health and well-being.

As a benefit for all current SSSP members, a gratis electronic copy of the volume is provided. For access please click here.

09/10/2020, 08:58 AM


September 08, 2020


The Society for the Study of Social Problems [SSSP] began as a group of sociologists who believed that a professional organization could both support the activist work of its members as well as be more engaged in the research and action necessary to address social problems and fight for social justice.  Two of the major issues the organization set its sights on was the issue of racial inequality and the academic freedom of its membership. It is in this spirit that the SSSP issues this statement of support to the two-day strike of college faculty currently being organized by Dr. Anthea Butler of the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Kevin Gannon of Grand View University under the hashtag #ScholarStrike.

The strike organizers have issued the following statement:

Given the recent events of police brutality, most recently the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha Wi, and the murders of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, and many other police shootings during the summer of 2020--an intensification of the trend we’ve seen in recent years--we can no longer sit quietly amidst state violence against communities of color.

We believe that it’s of crucial importance for those of us in higher education to take a stand in solidarity with our students and the communities we serve. We also see the need to affirm protestors, workers for social justice, and activists who are crucial parts of making our communities better places. To that end, we propose a General Strike (for those who are working Union contracts, working to the clock) for 48 hours, to take place immediately after Labor Day, on September 8-9. We believe that it is long past time for us to make a collective stand against police violence (particularly against communities of color) in the United States. We will refrain from teaching and all administrative duties for this entire 48 hour period. We will use this time as a public teach-in about police brutality and violence in our communities from both historical and contemporary perspectives. We plan to use our social media platforms and all other venues available to us to get the message out.

We support this statement and would support all faculty (but particularly our own membership) who take part in this labor action and teach-in. Actions such as these demonstrate the power of workers and the power of educators who are prepared and willing to address this very significant social problem. Police brutality and the militarization of policing—especially as they terrorize communities of color—must end.

09/08/2020, 11:54 AM


September 03, 2020

Additional Offers from Bristol University Press | Home of Policy Press

SSSP members can sign up for a Sociology subject newsletter for latest information:

All subscribers receive 35% discount on books.

SSSP members can get a print subscription to their journals, including the Emotions and Society and FamiliesRelationships and Societies, for just £43/€54 (UK & Europe) or £54/US$83 (Rest of World). To take advantage of this offer please contact quoting the journal you wish to subscribe to, the association of which you are a member, and your membership number (if you have one).

Editors select articles to feature in the Editors’ Choice collection twice a year and these articles can be accessed for free at Emotions and Society Editors’ Choice and Families, Relationships and Societies Editors’ Choice pages.

09/03/2020, 08:33 AM


September 01, 2020

25% Discount Available for SSSP Members from Bristol University Press | Home of Policy Press

Bristol University Press offers a 25% discount for SSSP members on all their titles. At checkout please enter the following code: SSSP20.

Bristol University Press Sociology List

09/01/2020, 08:48 AM