For seven years, the journal has showcased exemplary papers written by students with a sociological perspective. Contributing to the journal affords students an invaluable opportunity to have their work published early in their academic careers.
After a year in the making, it is a pleasure to announce the arrival of Sojourners in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository!
In the words of first Editor-in-Chief of Sojourners, Sierra Skye Gemma, this young journal began as “a simple idea”. It was dubbed “the journal” – “a student proposal to provide a venue for the publication of outstanding undergraduate writing in Sociology”.
Not only did this become evident early on (in fact, in 2008), “the Sociology Students Association transformed this idea into a reality by voting to make “the journal” one of the Association’s central projects in that school year”.
First came the planning, followed by the submission, review, editing process. With the major undertaking of a successful fundraising campaign much to the credit of Maureen Mendoza, “you as, the Reader, would not be reading this first issue”, noted Gemma.
Due to the overwhelming student response back then, the journal article submissions were from many UBC departments and included book reviews whereby many “donated their time and talents to the journal”.
While traveling through the unfamiliar world of academic publishing, the Sojourners’ authors wanted to “provide [their] readers with the opportunity to take a sociological sojourn in unknown places, (sub)cultures, and realms of thought”.
So, with a number of articles from Volume 1 to the present day, the Sojourners’ journal highlights both timely and topical subjects involved when studying and researching the world of sociology and its influence whether it be on people, (sub)cultures and perceptions as seen through the eyes UBC’s undergraduate students.
“The articles span the globe, with Connor Cavanagh focusing on famine in Zimbabwe and Michael Kehl deliberating on the effects of the “Three Strikes” law in California. They also address a wide range of topics, from Manori Ravindran’s consideration of postfeminism and the pop music phenomenon of The Spice Girls to Hélène Frohard-Dourlent’s analysis of the impact of socioeconomic status on children’s success in school.”
With such support, Sojourners will surely continue to be published for many years to come.
Sojourners (an undergraduate Journal of Sociology) is a peer and Faculty reviewed journal published annually by the Sociology Students Association of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
‘While Sojourners provides a platform for the dissemination of sociological undergraduate work, it is not department-specific and its articles span the globe’.
NOTE: Submissions are accepted in the fall of each year.
Full-text and openly accessible Volumes 1, 2, 3/4, 5 and 6 &7 of Sojourners (and future volumes) via cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository