Reviewed by: Christine Oka, Research & Instruction, Northeastern University Libraries, Boston, MA
Sociology of Development is published quarterly by the University of California Press for “the promotion and encouragement of intellectual diversity within the study of development.” All manuscripts are submitted electronically and undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review process. In the inaugural issue, the article, “The Sociology of Development: From Modernization to the ‘Institutional Turn’” mentions the contributions, contradictions, and the development of the sociology of development: “Sociology's contribution to the study of international development registers several notable contradictions. On the one hand, it has produced over the years many significant contributions, engaging the minds of some of the discipline's most distinguished scholars. On the other hand, development never achieved a central role in the discipline, particularly in the United States. Until recently, there was no section of the American Sociological Association specifically devoted to this topic.” With the rapid growth of the Sociology of Development section of the American Sociological Association, and a sociology of development research committee of the International Sociological Association, Sociology of Development provides an outlet for the international scholarly community on issues of development, such as “economic development and well-being, gender, health, inequality, poverty, environment and sustainability, political economy, conflict, social movements and more.” The articles demonstrate this disciplinary range; in “From Pangaea to Partnership: The Many Fields of Rural Development,” the author describes her analysis of rural development in Mozambique through many disciplines, including political economy, development, science and technology studies, and agrarian studies.” Another article, “Development Sociology at the Subnational Scale: Open Questions about State and Market Processes Across the United States” examines “state and market forces that contribute to spatial inequality and uneven development.” It also identifies challenges facing research around theoretical and policy issues on poverty and prosperity in the United States and asks questions for directing future research. These are examples of the distinctly interdisciplinary content. Articles are very well-written and accessible not only to practiced scholars but to students.
The UC Press platform is well-organized-- there are links for two formats: Books and Journals. Once one chooses the subject and selects the journal title, there is a basic search box and Advanced Search, which also includes options for searching citation, DOI, authors and keywords. All content is available in html as well as PDF format with sidebar table of contents links, menu options for output (email, print, share with a permalink), alerts and citation tools (linking to a dozen citation manager formats). The sidebar also parses the article content, making it easy to browse (depending on one’s research) to the good parts. This feature is helpful for both experienced researchers as well as undergrads. Sociology of Development is, as its Editors have promised, the flagship journal for development sociologists.