Volume 3 (2017) Cultural Lag: An Underestimated Issue in Postmodern Society

American sociologist William F. Ogburn introduced the concept of cultural lag in the early twentieth century. Ogburn asserted that non-material culture tends to resist change and/or change at a much slower pace than material culture does, thus producing problems for people and social structures in mastering these challenges.

The aim of Volume Three of Sociology between the Gaps is to seek answers to the problems and conflicts that cultural lags produce, and to speculate about how these problems and conflicts can either be prevented or solved. The following are among the aspects of cultural lag that may be the subject of papers submitted for publication consideration to SBG3:

  • Ideas around preparing human beings to accept transformative innovations, adapt to the beautiful “new world" and thus reduce cultural lag;
  • Exploration of the social and legal ramifications of autonomous (self-driving) cars;
  • Consideration of the use of robots in health care, office work, or factory work;
  • Research that considers the consequences of on-line buying and selling for our lives, or changes brought on as banks and banking businesses exist in a digital environment; 
  • Analyses of the effects of e-books and digital learning tools for reading and education;
  • Exploration of how individuals who are not conversant in digital technologies navigate and live in an increasingly digital world; 
  • Analyses whether and how the spread of digital communication, including social media, enhances or diminishes our quality of life;  and
  • Explorations around “big data” and its implications for access, security, transparency, and problem solving in the future.

Deadline for receipt of submissions is December 1, 2017. Send submissions directly to the Editor-in-Chief at jruggier@providence.edu. Generally, submissions will be peer reviewed within three weeks of receipt. Therefore, submissions accepted for publication will appear on the SBG website in a timely manner throughout 2017.

The full call for papers is available below.

Call for Papers