Theory, Culture & Society

test2Theory, Culture & Society was launched in 1982 to cater for the resurgence of interest in culture in the social sciences. It has built up a large international and multidisciplinary readership through its ability to raise and discuss emergent social and cultural issues in an open, non-partisan manner.

Theory, Culture & Society has sought to critically explore the relationship between culture and society and advocated a more central role for social and cultural theory in understanding social life. TCS has worked across the borderlines between sociology and cultural studies, the social sciences and the humanities and has moved towards a broader transdisciplinary frame of reference.

Because we increasingly see the need to rethink many of the existing Western-centred knowledge classifications in a more dialogical global context, the scope of the journal, in terms of the issues addressed, contributors and readership, has become increasingly global. One indicator of this has been the development of the TCS New Encyclopaedia Project since 2001 with the first volume of the project produced as a Theory, Culture & Society special issue on Problematizing Global Knowledge in 2005.

TCS has been widely acclaimed for its innovative editorial policy, typified by its agenda-setting special issues on topics such as the fate of modernity; global culture; postmodernism; consumer culture, ethics and difference; love and eroticism; automobilities, complexity, inventive life, cosmopolis, problematizing global knowledge, ubiquitous media, changing climates, code and coding in crisis, topologies, and the social life of methods. The journal has regularly published articles by many of the leading intellectuals and social scientists, and has also featured regular contributions, interviews, commentaries, special sections and issues on many of the leading figures in the social sciences and humanities, such as:


  • Arjun Appadurai
  • Jean Baudrillard
  • Zygmunt Bauman
  • Ulrich Beck
  • Walter Benjamin
  • Pierre Bourdieu
  • François Bourricaud
  • Judith Butler
  • Gilles Deleuze
  • Jacques Derrida
  • Norbert Elias
  • Michel Foucault
  • Hans-Georg Gadamer
  • Anthony Giddens
  • Erving Goffman
  • Jack Goody
  • Jürgen Habermas
  • Donna Haraway
  • Michael Hardt
  • N. Katherine Hayles
  • Friedrich Kittler
  • Bruno Latour
  • Niklas Luhmann
  • Jean-François Lyotard
  • Antonio Negri
  • Paul Ricoeur
  • Saskia Sassen
  • Georg Simmel
  • Peter Sloterdijk
  • Bernard Stiegler
  • Marilyn Strathern
  • John Urry
  • Paul Virilio
  • Immanuel Wallerstein
  • Michael Walzer
  • Max Weber
  • Alfred North Whitehead
  • Michel Wieviorka