British Sociological Association
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British Sociological Association
British Sociological Association
TypeRegistered charity
Registration no.1080235
HeadquartersChancery Court, Belmont Business Park, Durham DH1 1TW
ServicesScholarly and professional society for sociologists in the United Kingdom

The British Sociological Association (BSA) is a scholarly and professional society for sociologists in the United Kingdom, and was founded in 1951. It publishes the academic journals Sociology, Work, Employment and Society and Cultural Sociology (with SAGE Publications) as well as its membership newsletter Network and a monthly eNewsletter. Formerly, the British Journal of Sociology was the BSA's official journal, but it was replaced by Sociology some years after the latter had been established.[1]

It is a registered charitable company (charity no: 1080235) which states its mission is to "represent the intellectual and sociological interests of our members."[2]


The activities of the BSA are co-ordinated by an Advisory Forum charged with overseeing governance, membership services and publications. Decisions are monitored and ratified by the Board of Trustees, which includes the BSA president.

An office of 12 staff members takes care of the day-to-day running of the Association.



Academic journals

The BSA publishes Sociology,[3]Work, Employment and Society,[4]Cultural Sociology,[5] and Sociological Research Online.

Network newsletter

The association publishes a newsletter, Network, for its members three times a year, Spring, Summer and Autumn.[6][7]


Philip Abrams Memorial Prize

The Philip Abrams Memorial Prize has been awarded almost every year since 1989 for "the best first and sole-authored book within the discipline of Sociology".[8] Past winners include Barbara Adam (1991, for Time and Social Theory), Graeme Kirkpatrick (2005 for Critical Technology: A Social Theory of Personal Computing) and Maddie Breeze (2016, for Seriousness and Women's Roller Derby: Gender, Organization and Ambivalence).[9] The prize is named for professor Philip Abrams (1933-1981).[10]


  1. ^ A. H. Halsey, A History of Sociology in Britain, Oxford University Press, 2004, p. 183
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. Retrieved 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Sociology: About". Sage.
  4. ^ "Work, Employment and Society: About". Sage.
  5. ^ "Cultural Sociology: About". Sage.
  6. ^ "Network - your newsletter". British Sociological Association.
  7. ^ "Issue 118 (free sample copy)" (pdf). Network. BSA Publications Ltd. Winter 2014. ISSN 1742-1616. OCLC 500169831.
  8. ^ "BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize". British Sociological Association. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Philip Abrams Memorial Prize Archive". British Sociological Association. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ Aston, T.H. (1 February 1982). "Philip Abrams 1933-1981". Past & Present. 94 (1): 158. doi:10.1093/past/94.1.158. Retrieved 2018.

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