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For more than 20 years and with more than one hundred issues, the Sociétés journal has provided an interdisciplinary forum for the humanities and social sciences.

Resolutely oriented towards international collaboration, Sociétés has become an echo of discussions on the epistemology of the social sciences, and of the interrogation of emerging fields and related phenomena. A significant section of the journal is dedicated to foreign authors, notably authors from Brazil, Korea, the United States, Italy, Germany, etc. Themes related to sociology of the imaginary and of everyday life play an important role in the journal.
The journal is composed of a themed section, a selection of additional articles, and several reviews of activities, works and publications in French and foreign languages.
The peer-review committee, which includes E. Morin, M. Maffesoli, P. Watier, A. Gras, and others , has chosen to publish historic and sometimes previously unpublished works (Simmel, Guyau, Durkheim, Schütz, etc.) by contemporary authors (Baudrillard, Ferrarotti, Fabbri, Durand, etc.) and young scholars.


The objective of Sociétés is to render themes related to the capturing of contemporary imaginations more visible and focus attention on the effects of everyday life. It is based on a phenomenological and epistemological approach of a comprehensive sociology and the sociology of everyday life using a qualitative methodology so as to open horizons of theoretical discussion on the contemporary episteme and phenomena. Thanks also to a large international network of contributions and collaborations, the journal strives to call attention to capturing the diversity of Reality.

Editorial Policy

The journal has a coordination committee, a peer-review committee, and an international council of editorial authorities. It adheres to rigorous scientific standards, is internationally recognized, and has published the works of numerous internationally renowned sociologists.

The editorial and peer-review committees perform the following functions:

• Ask professors and researchers to coordinate an issue, which consists of coordinating the issue’s thematic section.

• Receive the articles, acknowledge their receipt, and distribute them to the peer-review committee, which includes the issue’s thematic coordinator; articles may be reviewed by two peer-reviewers.

• These articles are read by the members of the peer-review committee and returned with their decision to the coordination committee. This decision may be: publish without revision, publish with revision, or article is not suitable for the journal.

• Based on the articles received, the coordination committee in collaboration with the editor establishes the program of the four annual issues.

• The coordination committee proofreads the articles and has them edited by their author(s).

• The articles submitted are sent to one member of the peer-review committee, if they have already been read by the issue’s coordinator, and to two members if the article was spontaneously presented to the coordination committee.

• The peer-review committee is regularly called upon to establish a list of themes and people capable of coordinating them, as well as to validate theme proposals sent to the journal.

Editorial Board

Fondator : Michel Maffesoli
Publication Director: Philippe Joron
Coordination: Fabio La Rocca

Instruction to Authors

Sociétés is a journal that is open to all collaborations and encourages the exchange of ideas and arguments. Preferred themes are:
- Social imagination and the role of image in postmodern society
- Phenomenological and comprehensive sociology
- Fashion and fetishist phenomena
- Body, sport, and nature
- Musical and social effervescence
- New religiosities and neo-tribalism
- Literature, art and culture
- New technologies and sociality
The journal is composed of three sections. The first, entitled “Contributions,” generally presents a thematic collection organized by a coordinator chosen to create dialogue between different texts.
The second section, “Margins,” brings together a more varied selection of texts that are not directly related to one another.
The final section, “Sociological Activities,” presents book reviews or events.

The selection criteria evaluate themes, methodology (we prefer qualitative methods), text information (bibliography: knowledge of classical texts, history of sociology, and contemporary debate), the handling and presentation of investigation (scientific argumentation: formal logic, supportive evidence, sequence of ideas).

The criteria regarding form relates to the quality of the language and writing style. Each article should be accompanied by a summary in French, an abstract in English, and three or four keywords in French and English.

Texts should contain between 20,000 and 25,000 characters, spaces included. They should be in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, with 1.5 line spacing, footnote citation (ex.: E. Morin, L’Esprit du temps, Éditions Grasset Fasquelle, Paris, 1962), standardized quotation marks (“ ”), a standardized bibliography (ex. Durand G., L’imagination symbolique (1964), PUF, Paris, 2008.), and should include a note providing the author’s position and professional address.


Code of ethics

The Code of Ethics applicable to drafting committees and editorial boards of academic journals offered on, including Sociétés, is available on this page.

Other information

Print ISSN : 0765-3697
Online ISSN : 1782-155X
Publisher : De Boeck Supérieur

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