Welcome to the inaugural issue of Sociology of Development! This new quarterly publication fills a longstanding gap in the scholarly community. “Development,” broadly considered, is foundational to our discipline, but till now development sociologists were without a flagship journal for their scholarship. The rapidly growing Sociology of Development section of the American Sociological Association, along with the well-established Social Transformations and Sociology of Development Research Committee (RC09) of the International Sociological Association, and the vibrant annual Sociology of Development Conference that is hosted by a different institution each year, all buttress the need for such an outlet.
We, as founding editors, with full support from our distinguished international editorial board, recognize the interdisciplinary scope of development studies. Thus, we welcome submissions from related fields, including (but not limited to) political science, economics, environmental and sustainability sciences, geography, anthropology, and the public health sciences. Areas of interest include development and well-being, environmental change, gender, health, inequality, poverty, political economy, conflict, and social movements, to mention only a few. A core principle of the journal is the promotion and encouragement of intellectual diversity within the study of development. As such, we welcome submissions from all scholars of development sociology, regardless of theoretical orientation, methodological preference, or historical period of study. Basic as well as policy-oriented research is welcome. Submissions from development sociology scholars in the Global South are especially welcome.
This is the first half of the two-part inaugural issue and consists of a series of invited articles, authored by a mix of internationally renowned development scholars as well as more junior researchers. Some of the articles are solely theoretical in nature, addressing broad themes in the literature, while others are more empirically focused. Units of analysis from cross-national to the intra-national are considered. With this broad mix of scholars and topics, we hope to reflect the journal's commitment to the inherent diversity of development sociology, applaud its multidimensionality, and suggest significant lines of future scholarship. We are immensely grateful to the invited authors for their seminal contributions, and thank the many members of the scholarly community who reviewed the initial drafts.
Many individuals are responsible for this journal coming to life, most notably Samuel Cohn, Jocelyn Viterna, Gregory Hooks, Matthew Sanderson, Jonathan Eastwood, and Marco Garrido. We thank them for their hard work, commitment, and patience. We are hugely appreciative of the broad support and guidance provided by the journal publications team at University of California Press, including Hannah Love, Cheryl Swope, Jeff Hester, our terrific copyeditor, Elisabeth Magnus, and executive editor for University of California Press, Naomi Schneider.
We hope you will find these, and future articles published in the Sociology of Development to be essential reading and look forward to receiving your submissions. We welcome suggestions from readers and authors alike for ways to enhance this journal, and further the scholarship of development sociology.
Andrew Jorgenson and Jeffrey Kentor, coeditors