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Sociology between the Gaps: Forgotten and Neglected Topics (SBG) is a new, innovative, peer-reviewed, open-access, cross-disciplinary, independent online journal published in English. This not-for-profit journal will be published electronically.

Editor-In-Chief: Josephine A. Ruggiero, Ph. D.
Professor Emerita of Sociology.
Providence College.
Providence, Rhode Island 02918

Sociology between the Gaps will consider submitted work from sociologists and professionals in related fields providing the content of the submission has not been substantially published previously or submitted simultaneously to another journal or publication, print or electronic. Papers may be submitted by those working in academic, applied, clinical, or other settings. The Editor-In-Chief encourages submissions in English from international authors working on sociological topics.

Sociology between the Gaps is published in collaboration with the Digital Publishing Services Department at Providence College's Phillips Memorial Library + Commons. The Editor-In-Chief is grateful to the library staff that help make this publication possible.

See the Aims and Scope for a complete description of the journal.

Current Volume: 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.

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 2017-2018.

The full call for papers is available below.

Call for Papers



The Drug Overdose Epidemic: Deaths of Despair or Deaths of Addiction?
Marissa Botelho, Jennifer Lemos, Jessica Souza, and Roger Clark

Film Reviews


Film Review of "The Circle"
Helmut E. Reinhardt and Josephine A. Ruggiero