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Council Approves First Section Journal: City & Community

At its meeting in January 2000, ASA Council approved the first official ASA section journal, in accordance with the new publications portfolio guidelines. The journal, City & Community, will be sponsored by the ASA Section on Community and Urban Sociology.

City & Community will bring together for the first time major work and research in the areas of urban and community sociology. It will seek to furnish a unified, intelligent, and articulate forum for the study of the city and community. It will also serve to forge a link between sociology and other disciplines and subfields concerned with communities and urban policies.

Inaugural editor Anthony M. Orum (University of Illinois-Chicago) said, “I have great expectations for the new journal. We have an eminent group of editors and a terrific section membership that has been solidly behind the formation of the new journal. We formed the journal because we in the Section felt that urban sociology was not well represented in the current array of urban journals.”

Negotiations with potential publishers are underway by ASA Executive Officer Felice J. Levine, along with the Section. It is the goal of the Section and the Executive Office to have a publication contract in place within the next several months, at which time the schedule for the inaugural issue will be determined.

Orum added, “We plan to publish a wide diversity of articles, ranging from urban ethnographies to studies of virtual communities to demographic work on race and ethnicity in the city. Most of all, we hope to provide a new and stronger voice for urban sociologists, one that will connect to our historic roots in the discipline and at the same time work to bring our major concerns into the arena of public dialogue and debate. Urban sociology, in other words, is alive and well. And City & Community will provide telling testimony of this vitality.” For additional information, contact Orum via e-mail at