During the years since its founding in 1922, Social Forces has been recognized as a top journal of social research nationally and internationally. To celebrate this milestone anniversary of 90 years, we are highlighting some of the articles published in the journal during the past five decades that have been especially influential statements on important topics. The selection of articles was guided by two main considerations--influential articles as measured by citation counts and other usage statistics, and articles that cover a range of topics that have been well represented in Social Forces through the years.
The articles are freely available to read, as are the authors' reflections of their articles.
Social Forces at 90
Arne L. Kalleberg
Social Movement Organizations: Growth, Decay and Change
Volume 44, Issue 3, 327-341
Mayer N. Zald and Roberta Ash
Read the reflection article, Now We Are Almost Fifty! Reflections on a Theory of the Transformation of Social Movement Organizations.
The Effects of Industrial, Occupational, and Sex Stratification on Wages in Blue-Collar Markets
Volume 55, Issue 4, 974-996
Robert Bibb and William H. Form
Read the reflection article, Reflections upon 'The Effects of Industrial, Occupational, and Sex Stratification on Wages in Blue-Collar Markets' -- 35 Years Later.
Measuring Tie Strength
Volume 63, Issue 2, 482-501
Peter V. Marsden and Karen E. Campbell
Read the reflection article, Reflections on Conceptualizing and Measuring Tie Strength.
Trust as a Social Reality
Volume 63, Issue 4, 967-985
J. David Lewis and Andrew Weigert
Read the reflection article, The Social Dynamics of Trust: Theoretical and Empirical Research, 1985-2012.
A Revised Strain Theory of Delinquency
Volume 64, Issue 1, 151-167
Read the reflection article, Reflection on 'A Revised Strain Theory of Delinquency'.
Family Structure and Child Well-Being: Economic Resources vs. Parental Behaviors
Volume 73, Issue 1, 221-242
Elizabeth Thomson, Thomas L. Hanson, and Sara S. McLanahan
Read the reflection article, Reflections on 'Family Structure and Child Well-Being: Economic Resources vs. Parental Socialization'.
Is Anyone Doing the Housework? Trends in the Gender Division of Household Labor
Volume 79, Issue 1, 191-228
Suzanne M. Bianchi, Melissa A. Milkie, Liana C. Sayer, and John P. Robinson
Read the reflection article, Housework: Who Did, Does, or Will Do It and How Much Does It Matter?
The Measure of American Religion: Toward Improving the State of the Art
Volume 79, Issue 1, 291-318
Brian Steensland, Lynn D. Robinson, W. Bradford Wilcox, Jerry Z. Park, Mark D. Regnerus, and Robert D. Woodberry
Read the reflection article, The Measure of American Religious Traditions: Theoretical and Measurement Considerations.
Impact Factor: 1.672
5-Yr impact factor: 2.412
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