A Short History


Journal for Spatial and Socio-Cultural Development Studies

Rural sociology was founded in July 1963 by a group of young Zagreb rural sociologists and agricultural economists, later known as the Zagreb school of rural sociology, at the start of the forming of the Department of rural sociology at the Institute of Agriculture. Since 1973 it has been published by the Institute of Social Research in Zagreb.

Rural Sociology was one of the rare specialized journals of rural sociology in the world and the oldest Croatian sociological journal. It has reflected the fundamental problems of the Croatian rural areas and agriculture and was involved in the development of rural sociology. It was a scientific journal that publishes original scientific and professional articles of national and international authors in the field of rural sociology and related disciplines, reviews of national and international journals, conferences and books. Journal also has two occasional chapters: From our rural past and Our translation. The latter features articles by the most prominent international rural sociologists or results of important rural sociological research.

Since 1998 the concept of the journal was further developed and the profile better defined so that the journal got a subtitle Journal for research of spatial and socio-cultural development. and since then it publishes sociological and related disciplines articles. It is issued every three months and up to now had 169 issues.

Since 2007, after 43 years of publishing, Rural Sociology changed its name to Sociology and Space (with the No. 175 (1) 2007). Reason for this change is the attempt to broaden the topics of the articles that we want to publish, since the interest in the scientific area of rural sociology has slowly had its decline. Changing the title of the journal into Sociology and Space, journal’s editorial board with the editor in chief wanted to include wider area of scientists to participate in the journal’s work with the topics that are connected with the analysis of spatial dimensions. Reason for this is that sociological analysis have oriented towards specific social segments (education, knowledge, youth, religion, gender, culture, etc.) that are in relation with spatial elements. Therefore we invite new authors to publish their works, but also invite authors that have participated in journal’s work with the topics concerning rural sociology to continue publishing in Sociology and Space.

The articles published in SOCIOLOGIJA I PROSTOR (SOCIOLOGY AND SPACE) are indexed or abstracted in the following international secondary publications: SCOPUS (since 2009), SocINDEX (EBSCO), CSA SOCIOLOGICAL ABSTRACTS, CSA WORLDWIDE POLITICAL SCIENCE ABSTRACTS, CSA SOCIAL SERVICES ABSTRACT (SELECTIVE).

Sociology and Space

Ankica Marinović

Managing editor:
Lana Peternel

Stjepan Tribuson

Editorial board:
Marko Kovačić (Zagreb, Croatia)
Tana Morić (Zagreb, Croatia)
Iva Odak (Zagreb, Croatia)
Anđelina Svirčić Gotovac (Zagreb, Croatia)
Adrijana Šuljok (Zagreb, Croatia)
Nikola Petrović (Zagreb, Croatia)
Stjepan Tribuson (Zagreb, Croatia)

Journal council:
Ognjen Čaldarović (Zagreb, Croatia)
Sven Hemlin (Göteborg, Sweden)
Marjan Hočevar (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Denis Janz (New Orleans, USA)
Vjeran Katunarić (Zagreb, Croatia)
Boštjan Kerbler (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Andrew Kirby (Arizona, USA)
Gottfried Küenzlen (München, Germany)
Marek Mikuš (Halle, Germany)
Maria de Nazaré Oliveira Roca (Lisabon, Portugal)
Ksenija Petovar (Beograd, Serbia)
Inga Tomić-Koludrović (Zadar, Croatia)


Annual subscription for Croatia is: 180 HRK for individuals, 250 HRK for institutions and firms (the price of one copy is 80 HRK).

Annual subscription in other countries: 25 EUR for individuals, 35 EUR for institutions and firms (the price of one copy is 12 EUR). Air mail postage will be additionally charged.

Annual subscription rates should be remitted, by chek only, to:

Institut za društvena istraživanja u Zagrebu
Amruševa 11/II.
HR-10000 Zagreb
Registered No.: 3205118,

or to the bank account no. ZAGREBAČKA BANKA IBAN: HR5823600001101349645 (for Sociologija i prostor);

or, by check only, to:

Donji prečac 19
HR-10000 Zagreb
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or to the bank account no. 2402006-1100075624 at Erste Steiermärkische Bank, Zagreb, Croatia (for Sociologija i prostor).