JOURNAL OF THE BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
Print ISSN – 0324-1572 Online ISSN – 2603-4131
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Editor: Kolyo Koev
Co-editor: Kristina Petkova
Assistant editor: Teodora Karamelska
Members: Bruno Latour, Zdzisłav Krasnodębski, Ivan Tchalakov,
Josip Rastko Močnik, Johannes Weiss, Liliana Deyanova, Martin Kanoushev,
Pepka Boyadjieva, Richard Münch, Rumiana Stoilova, Svetla Koleva,
Tanya Nedelcheva, Tatyana Kotzeva, Teodora Karamelska
Technical assistant: Nikolay Yankov
Layout desinger: Plamen Ivanov
Corrector: Mariana Vidulova
© The Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at BAS (ISSK-BAS)
The Bulgarian Sociological Association
Sociological Problems is the only academic journal of the Bulgarian sociological community. Its leading principal is that sociology is “flexible” science and thus a key element of the sociological approach is working on the boundaries. This means that on the one hand sociology should be clearly aware of its own boundaries and on the other it should be open for interaction with other scientific disciplines. Projected on the policy of the journal this principal implies a special accent on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach, which allows the formation of sociological “enclaves” in other research areas and at the same time gives the chance of well know sociological themes to be seen with “other” eyes.
An important aspect of the publishing philosophy of the Journal is the awareness that we live in times when Bulgaria needs to catch up with the clear deficit of democratic political culture, which implies a profound rethinking of the role of sociological knowledge in the conditions of radical social changes. Therefore a key aim of the Journal is to provide space for intellectual debate, which will lead to the formation of a critical political public discourse.
Print out: two issues per year: Issue 1 (July–August); Issue 2 (November–December).
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