American Journal of Sociology Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: University of Chicago, University of Chicago Press

Journal description

Current impact factor: 3.17

Impact Factor Rankings

Additional details

5-year impact 4.56
Cited half-life 0.00
Immediacy index 0.43
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 3.06
Other titles American journal of sociology (Online), American journal of sociology, AJS
ISSN 1537-5390
OCLC 45312161
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

University of Chicago Press

  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
    • Author cannot archive a post-print version
  • Restrictions
    • 12 months embargo
  • Conditions
    • On a not-for-profit author's personal server, institutional server, subject-based pre-print server including institutional repository, or open access repository
    • Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged
    • Publisher's version/PDF may be used in open access repositories
    • Encouraged to link to publisher version
    • Wellcome Trust and MRC authors may post authors accepted version in PubMed Central/ PubMed Central UK 6 month after publication
    • If mandated by a funding agency, the authors accepted version may be deposited in open access repository with a shorter embargo period
    • NIH authors may post authors' own version in PubMed Central for release 12 months after publication
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Which immigrant groups differ most from the cultural values held by mainstream society and why? The authors explore this question using data from the European Social Survey on the values held by almost 100,000 individuals associated with 305 immigrant groups and the native majorities of 23 countries. They test whether distant linguistic or religious origins (including in Islam), value differences that immigrants "import" from their home countries, the maintenance of transnational ties and thus diasporic cultures, or legal and social disadvantage in the country of settlement shape acculturation processes. They find that only legally or socially disadvantaged groups differ from mainstream values in significant ways. For first generation immigrants, this is because the values of their countries of origin diverge more from those of natives. Among children of disadvantaged immigrants, however, value heterodoxy emerges because acculturation processes are blocked and the values of the parent generation partially maintained. From the second generation onward, therefore, cultural values are endogenous to the formation and dissolution of social boundaries, rather than shaping these as an exogenous force.
    American Journal of Sociology 07/2014; 120(1). DOI:10.1086/677207
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    ABSTRACT: Although research on social embeddedness and social capital confirms the value of friendship networks, little has been written about how social relations form and are structured by social institutions. Using data from the Adolescent Health and Academic Achievement study and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, the authors show that the odds of a new friendship nomination were 1.77 times greater within clusters of high school students taking courses together than between them. The estimated effect cannot be attributed to exposure to peers in similar grade levels, indirect friendship links, or pair-level course overlap, and the finding is robust to alternative model specifications. The authors also show how tendencies associated with status hierarchy inhering in triadic friendship nominations are neutralized within the clusters. These results have implications for the production and distribution of social capital within social systems such as schools, giving the clusters social salience as “local positions.”
    American Journal of Sociology 07/2013; 119(1):216-253. DOI:10.1086/672081
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    ABSTRACT: The masculine overcompensation thesis asserts that men react to masculinity threats with extreme demonstrations of masculinity, a proposition tested here across four studies. In study 1, men and women were randomly given feedback suggesting they were either masculine or feminine. Women showed no effects when told they were masculine; however, men given feedback suggesting they were feminine expressed more support for war, homophobic attitudes, and interest in purchasing an SUV. Study 2 found that threatened men expressed greater support for, and desire to advance in, dominance hierarchies. Study 3 showed in a large-scale survey on a diverse sample that men who reported that social changes threatened the status of men also reported more homophopic and prodominance attitudes, support for war, and belief in male superiority. Finally, study 4 found that higher testosterone men showed stronger reactions to masculinity threats than those lower in testosterone. Together, these results support the masculine overcompensation thesis, show how it can shape political and cultural attitudes, and identify a hormonal factor influencing the effect.
    American Journal of Sociology 01/2013; 118:980-1022. DOI:10.1086/668417
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    ABSTRACT: Drawing on theories of social movements and organizations, we examine how the expanding presence of commercial organizations and the growing diversity of their forms can foster policy change securing rights for a group of challengers in a community. Empirically, we analyze organizations linked to lesbians/gays and the promulgation of local ordinances banning discrimination, using a dataset covering American counties from 1972 to 2008. Using hazard models, we find that the rate of policy enactment increases: (1) with greater presence of lesbian/gay commercial organizations, particularly of those bridging toward the larger community; and (2) with greater diversity of their organizational forms. Finally, we find evidence that commercial and political organizations are linked in a complex way.
    American Journal of Sociology 01/2013; 119:790-832.
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    ABSTRACT: Theories of migrant transnationalism emphasize the enduring imprint of the premigration connections that the newcomers bring with them. But how do the children of migrants raised in the parents' adopted country develop ties to the parental home country? Using a structural equation model and data from a recent survey of adult immigrant offspring in Los Angeles, this article shows that second-generation cross-border activities are strongly affected by earlier experiences of and exposure to home country influences. Socialization in the parental household is powerful, transmitting distinct home country competencies, loyalties, and ties, but not a coherent package of transnationalism. Our analysis of five measures of cross-border activities and loyalties among the grown children of migrants shows that transmission is specific to the social logic underlying the connection: activities rooted in family relationships such as remitting are transmitted differently than emotional attachments to the parents' home country.
    American Journal of Sociology 11/2012; 118(3):778-813. DOI:10.1086/667720
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