The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (JCE) is an international and interdisciplinary forum for research that uses ethnographic methods to examine how people act, interact, and construct meanings and identities in natural settings. These settings include groups, subcultures, organizations, and societies.
JCE brings you relevant material that examines a broad spectrum of social interactions and practices from a variety of academic disciplines including, but not limited to, Sociology, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, Health Studies, Anthropology, Management, and Marketing.
Recent and forthcoming articles explore the following issues:
- Gender maneuvering and contested femininities in women’s roller derby
- The “micropolitics of trouble” in college roommate relationships
- Sex work and the global sex industry in Vietnam
- Workplace bullying and its interactional and emotional consequences
- Multicultural sororities and the reproduction of inequalities
- Sound acts, somatic work, and the construction of sonic order
- African American youth and their negotiation of unwelcome police encounters
- Violent inmates and their use of street codes as formula stories
- Polyamorous families and their relationships
- “Dirty work” among veterinarian technicians
- Youth crime and emotions contests in Canadian newspapers
- Identity work and stigma management among women on parole
- Place-work and the negotiation of belongingness in contested space
- Affluent youth volunteers and their negotiation of class privilege
- Holocaust survivors and the cross-generational transmission of trauma
- Scrapbooking and the construction of family capital
- Hegemonic masculinity and Southern rock music revivals
- “Edgework” in a sadomasochist community
- Rock climbers, claimsmaking, and intergroup conflict
- Identity construction and transformation among environmental activists
About once each year, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography offers single-theme special issues devoted to topics of particular concern. Themes highlighted in recent and forthcoming special issues include:
- Global Ethnography and Transnationalism
- Constructing a Color Line in the 21st Century
- Methodological Complexity and Seldom Told Tales from the Field
- The Best of the 2010 Canadian Qualitatives Conference
From time to time, JCE also publishes review symposia or review essays. In the past, the symposia have focused on themes such as “Crisis in Representation” and “Queer Diasporas.” The review essays have addressed topics such as “Reading the Body through a Cultural Lens” and “Ethnographically Crossing Chasms.”
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography publishes in-depth investigations of diverse people interacting in their natural environments to produce and communicate meaning. At its best, ethnography captures the strange in the familiar and the familiar in the strange. JCE is committed to pushing the boundaries of ethnographic discovery by building upon its 30+ year tradition of top notch scholarship.
|Charles Edgley||University of Arkansas, Little Rock|
|Paul Stoller||West Chester University, USA|
|Tamar Katriel||University of Haifa, Israel|
|Jody Miller||Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, USA|
|David M. Fetterman||Fetterman & Associates|
|Monica Casper||University of Arizona, USA|
|Mitchel Abolafia||State University of New York, Albany, USA|
|Eric Arnould||University of Nebraska, USA|
|Mitchel Abolafia||State University of New York, Albany, USA|
|Tony E. Adams||Northeastern Illinois University, USA|
|Patricia A. Adler||University of Colorado, USA|
|Peter Adler||University of Denver, USA|
|Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson||University of Lincoln, UK|
|Leon Anderson||Ohio University, USA|
|Lonnie Athens||Seton Hall University, USA|
|Howard Becker||San Francisco, USA|
|Robert Benford||Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA|
|Dr. Kurt Borchard||University of Nebraska Kearney, USA|
|Lodewijk Brunt||University of Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Thomas Calhoun||Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA|
|Norman K. Denzin||University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign, USA|
|Donna Eder||Indiana University, USA|
|Carolyn Ellis||Department of Communication, University of South Florida, USA|
|Robert Emerson||University of California, Los Angeles, USA|
|Michael J Emmison||University of Queensland, Australia|
|Jessica Fields||San Francisco State University, USA|
|Gary Alan Fine||Northwestern University|
|Patricia Gagne||University of Louisville, USA|
|Herbert Gans||Columbia University, USA|
|Timothy B. Gongaware||University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, USA|
|Julian McAllister Groves||Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China|
|Scott R. Harris||Saint Louis University, USA|
|James Holstein||Marquette University, USA|
|Matthew W. Hughey||University of Connecticut, USA|
|Michael Katovich||Texas Christian University, USA|
|Sherryl Kleinman||University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, USA|
|Joseph Kotarba||Texas State University, USA|
|Lora Bex Lempert||University of Michigan - Dearborn, USA|
|John Lofland||University of California, Davis, USA|
|Lyn Lofland||University of California, Davis, USA|
|Donileen R. Loseke||University of South Florida, USA|
|David Maines||Oakland University, USA|
|Peter K. Manning||Northeastern University, USA|
|Pirkko Markula||University of Exeter, UK|
|Gale Miller||Marquette University, USA|
|Beth Montemurro||Penn State, Abington, USA|
|Calvin Morrill||University of California, Irvine, USA|
|Christopher W. Mullins||Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA|
|Christian Nelson||MCPHS University, USA|
|Virginia L. Olesen||University of California, San Francisco, USA|
|Tarla Rai Peterson||The University of Texas at El Paso, USA|
|Robert C. Prus||University of Waterloo, Canada|
|Tamar Rapoport||Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel|
|Shulamit Reinharz||Brandeis University, USA|
|Laurel Richardson||Ohio State University, USA|
|Clinton Sanders||University of Connecticut, USA|
|Kent Sandstrom||North Dakota State University, USA|
|William Shaffir||McMaster University, Canada|
|David Snow||University of California, Irvine, USA|
|Suzanne Staggenborg||McGill University, Canada|
|Kathryn B. Ward||Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA|
|Dennis Waskul||Minnesota State University, Mankato, USA|
|Rhys H. Williams||Loyola University, Chicago, USA|
For nearly 40 years, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (JCE) has been recognized as a top outlet for ethnographic research. Published six times per year, JCE is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal. JCE focuses on empirical studies based on ethnographic methods including participant observation, unobtrusive observation, intensive interviewing, contextualized discourse analysis, narrative analysis, and qualitative feminist analysis.
JCE invites researchers to submit original articles, reviews, or special issue proposals to the editors. The journal welcomes submissions from a variety of academic disciplines including, but not limited to, Sociology, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, Religious Studies, Anthropology, Management, and Marketing.
Manuscripts may be submitted at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/joce. All submissions sent out for review will be peer reviewed. JCE aims to have all reviewed papers go through their initial review within three months of receipt. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in JCE. Previously published papers and papers under review by another journal are not acceptable.
Manuscripts should be contextualized within relevant theoretical or methodological literatures. They should also highlight their theoretical or methodological contributions to the field. Empirical pieces should detail the methods for data collection and analysis. Generally, manuscripts should not exceed 40 pages (or word count equivalent of 250 words per page of 10,000), including tables, notes, and references. All manuscripts must include an abstract of no more than 150 words. Use American Sociological Association (ASA) Style Guide, 5th edition, double-space the manuscript, include references, tables, footnotes, etc and a short informative abstract of approximately 150 words (please attempt to keep footnotes at a minimum). To ensure anonymity, keep all identifying information out of both the text and the bibliography. The abstract and manuscript are sent to reviewers and therefore should contain only the title.
Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in JCE. Previously published papers and papers under review by another journal are not acceptable.
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