Body & Society Impact Factor Increase!

Body & Society Impact Factor Increase
Editor’s Announcement

We are pleased to announce the great news that the journal Body & Society has increased its impact factor to 1.082, which means that it is now ranked 34, out of 129 in Sociology. As we know in the competitive academic climate impact factors are important for authors, who increasingly are under intense demands to publish in the best journals. As a celebration of the journal’s standing in the field we are opening up access to the 10 most highly cited articles over the period upon which the impact factor is based. These articles can be accessed using the links below. Simply click on the article titles below to be taken to the content…

Click on ‘Read more’ for links to the free articles, and the rest of Lisa Blackman’s announcement.

Individuation, Relationality, Affect: Rethinking the Human in Relation to the Living
Couze Venn
Volume 16, Issue 1, March 2010

Resuscitations: Stem cells and the crisis of old age
Melinda Cooper
Volume 12, Issue 1, March 2006

‘Flagging’ the Skin: Corporeal Nationalism and the Properties of Belonging
Emily Grabham
Volume 15, Issue 1, March 2009

Communal Beingness and Affect: An Exploration of Trauma in an Ex-industrial Community
Valerie Walkerdine
Volume 16, Issue 1, March 2010

Happy re-birthday: Weight loss surgery and the ‘new’ me
Karen Throsby
Volume 14, Issue 1, March 2008

Skin and the Self: Cultural Theory and Anglo-American Psychoanalysis
Marc Lafrance
Volume 15, Issue 3, September 2009

Body, Image and Affect in Consumer Culture
Mike Featherstone
Volume 16, Issue 1, March 2010

Psychiatric culture and bodies of resistance
Lisa Blackman
Volume 13, Issue 2, June 2007

As well as individual contributor’s articles from a diverse range of disciplines, our pioneering within the field of body studies also comes from our special issues. Our current special issue, Medical Migrations, continues our interest in medicine and is guest edited by Nancy Scheper Hughes and Elizabeth F S Roberts. I will be conducting an interview with Nancy on her involvement with transplant medicine and illegal trafficking of organs in September. For those interested in these issues please follow these links to hear more about the work of Organ Watch:

With HardTalk:
On Public Anthropology:

Medical Migrations, June/September 2011
Volume 17, Issues 2-3
Featuring an Introduction by Elizabeth F. S. Roberts and Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Click here for free access to the Introduction (access ends 30th September)
Click here to view the table of contents of this Special Issue

This issue is part of a growing archive of articles and special issues which introduces new paradigms to the study of medical entities, phenomenon and problems. This includes our recent special issue on Bodily Integrity (2010, Volume 16: Number 3), which includes innovative and outstanding articles by Margrit Shildrick, Aryn Martin, Vivian Sobchack, Jenny Slatman and Guy Widdershoven, Boaz Neumann and Rhonda Shaw. We are also building on this theme with a future special issue on Medicine which engages issues such as translational medicine, the politics of war and medicine, ageing and regenerative medicine, animal and human medical trials, pharmacology and distributed medicine. It includes articles by Melinda Copper, Brett Nielson, Linda Birke, Gail Davies and Marsha Rosengarten.

As well as engaging issues surrounding medicine, Body & Society engages a very trans-disciplinary audience and is committed to exploring issues across the disciplines of anthropology, art history, communications, cultural history, cultural studies, environmental studies, feminism, screen studies, health studies, medical history, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, science and technology studies, sociology and sports studies. This is reflected in our forthcoming special issues which bridge art and culture and art and science studies. This includes our special on Animation and Automation guest edited by Jackie Stacey and Lucy Suchman (2012), including articles by Lisa Cartwright, Janet Harbord, Kim Sawchuk and Beth Coleman. We are also pleased to announce a forthcoming special on Habit, which will review habit across a range of disciplinary positions. This includes articles by Elizabeth Grosz, Mary Poovey, Barry Hindess, Tony Bennett, Greg Noble and Mariana Valverde. These issues build on our re-launch special issue on Affect (2010, Volume 16: Issue 1), which includes articles by Constantina Papoulias and Felicity Callard, Julian Henriques, Valerie Walkerdine, Erin Manning, Couze Venn, Lisa Blackman, Mike Featherstone and Patricia Clough.

We would like to thank our readers and contributors for helping Body & Society increase its position in the field and continue to pioneer and lead in the future development of matters relating to the body, embodiment, affect, the senses and so forth. We welcome suggestions for special issues. We welcome papers from all disciplines and particularly encourage theoretically informed empirical and ethnographic articles, as well as articles which conceptually extend the field of body studies in novel and innovative ways.

Editor: Lisa Blackman (Goldsmiths, University of London)

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