Transaction Publishers

Transaction Publishers is widely acknowledged as a major independent publisher of social scientific books, periodicals and serials. Transaction has as its mission scholarly and professional inquiry into the nature of society. Reflecting the broad range of approaches to the study of society, Transaction offers publications in both older, established disciplines such as economics, political science, history, sociology, anthropology, psychology, as well as recently established disciplines ranging from area research to urban studies, policy analysis, philosophy of social science, organizational behavior, and criminology. 

With editorial offices located on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey, Transaction has strong ties to the traditional mission of American university life as a center of learning, and to the applied needs of public and private institutions in social research. Through its many publications, Transaction promotes mutually beneficial exchanges between the interrelated worlds of academic and professional life. Increasingly, Transaction has focused on the cutting edge of research, by publishing works in new fields ranging from traffic safety to political anthropology.

Transaction Publishers has published nearly 5,000 titles, with more than 90 percent still in print. It is acknowledged for award-winning works, most recently Confessions of a Dying Thief by Darrell J. Steffensmeier and Jeffery T. Ulmer (2006 Michael J. Hindelang Book Award, and American Society Criminology Award).

From start to finish, Transaction is dedicated to producing exceptional books. Thomson-Shore prints many of Transaction’s publications. Their quality of work is seen in Allan Carson’s Conjugal America which recaptures the real purposes of marriage and the unchanging nature of this fundamental human institution. It may also be seen in Jane E. Hughs and Scott B. MacDonald’s Separating Fools from Their Money, which traces the history of financial scandals from past to present.

Transaction has become a core participant in the globalization of communications. Irving Louis Horowitz, editorial director and chairman of Transaction, describes our role as that of a conductor. “We direct the music written and played by others. And these “others” whom we select to publish form over time part of a community of people who in turn define quality and goodness.”

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