Social Inclusion is a quarterly peer-reviewed open access journal, which provides academics and policy-makers with a forum to discuss and promote a more socially inclusive society.

Open Access Journal | ISSN: 2183-2803

With our Special Issues we intended to draw the attention of researchers, policy-makers, scientists and the general public to some of the topics of highest relevance. Scholars interested in guest editing a Special Issue of Social Inclusion are kindly invited to contact the Editorial Office of the journal.

Published Special Issues

Published special issues are available here.

Upcoming Special Issues

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Special Issue Title: Educating Nomadic People

Guest Editor: Dr. Caroline Dyer, School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds, UK; E-Mail: c.dyer@leeds.ac.uk

Deadline for Abstracts: 5 December 2014
Deadline for Full Papers: 5 June 2015
Publication of the Special Issue: January 2016

Information: Policy discourses of the Education For All movement (UNESCO, 2010) see education inclusion as a proxy for social inclusion (Unterhalter et al. 2012; Dyer, 2014), and chacterise nomadic groups as marginalised and educationally deprived. This Special Issue will examine social constructions of ‘education’ and narratives of ‘inclusion’ among, and in relation to, nomadic groups. It will explore how various forms of education shape social identities and human agency in contexts of negative governmentality, change, and of diversification, as livelihoods that depend on the strategic use of mobility (Niamir-Fuller, 1999; IIED, 2009) and situated learning (Lave & Wenger, 1991) appear increasingly precarious. By questioning the notion of education inclusion and relating it to these concerns, and to themes of assimilation, incorporation, resistance and resilience, the SI aims to make three key scholarly contributions. First, its specific focus on nomadic groups will offer a distinctive strand of scholarship within the larger debate on education and mobilities (eg. Arnot & Schneider, 2013). Second, its emphasis on the plurality of ‘education’ will challenge the elision of education with schooling in contemporary policy discourses, and reflect on the consequences of doing so. Taken together, these contributions will extend theorisation of education as a contested resource (Levinson & Holland, 1996) for human development (Walker & Unterhalter, 2007), and of how various forms of education are linked to wellbeing and the power to challenge, but also to shape and reproduce, social inequalities.

Keywords: Education For All; education inclusion; governmentality; marginalisation; nomads; social justice; social reproduction

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are asked to consult the journal's editorial policies and to send their abstracts (about 200-250 words, with a tentative title) by email to Mr. António Vieira (antonio.vieira@cogitatiopress.com) by 5 December 2015. Authors are also kindly asked to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication costs.

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Special Issue Title: Inclusive Technologies and Learning

Guest Editor: Professor Don Passey, Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, UK; E-Mail: d.passey@lancaster.ac.uk

Deadline for Abstracts: 31 March 2015
Deadline for Full Papers: 31 July 2015
Publication of the Special Issue: December 2015

Information: Since the 1960s there has been a continued development and diversification of digital technologies used across societal sectors, enabling applications not solely within business and commerce, but significantly within educational and social settings, supporting communication and learning, providing opportunities to widen and deepen reach and interactions. It can be argued that such developments have created many divisions and challenges too; individuals as well as nations do not have the same access or facilities as others; issues such as exploitation and exclusion are regularly highlighted. The scope of this proposed special issue is concerned with inclusive technologies and learning, related to social inclusion. Key questions addressed in papers could include, for instance:

- For learning, training or employment, do digital technologies enable social inclusion within educational or training settings?
- Are digital technologies being developed to enhance learning and social inclusion?
- How are online learning, online learning and social networking practices influencing social inclusion in learning?
- Do digital technologies benefit certain groups to greater extents, or specifically, in terms of learning related to social inclusion?
- Do digital technologies support learning and social inclusion across all ages, in terms of intergenerational learning, and independent of cultures?

Keywords:
age and inclusivity; culture and inclusivity; digital technologies; inclusive technologies; learning and inclusivity; social inclusion and learning; social inclusion for disadvantaged groups; social inclusion for minority groups

Instructions for Authors:
Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are asked to consult the journal's editorial policies and to send their abstracts (about 200-250 words, with a tentative title) by email to Mr. António Vieira (antonio.vieira@cogitatiopress.com) by 31 March 2015. Authors are also kindly asked to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication costs.

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Special Issue Title: Indicators and Measurement of Social Inclusion

Guest Editors:

Professor Peter Huxley
College of Medicine, Swansea University, Swansea, UK; E-Mail: p.j.huxley@swansea.ac.uk

Dr. Sherrill Evans
College of Medicine, Swansea University, Swansea, UK; E-Mail: sherrillevans@btinternet.com

Deadline for Submissions: 31 March 2014 (abstract) | 31 December 2014 (full paper)

Information: There are good reasons, both theoretical and practical, to examine the status of the concept of social inclusion, its indicators and measures. There are multiple understanding of the concept and multiple measurement approaches, such as standard of living indicators, lifetime opportunities indicators, and subjective indicators. What is measured, why and how and what for are of equal significance. The purpose of the special issue is to bring together current thinking and evidence mainly in respect of the 'how'. We are looking for empirical research papers that help, through measurement developments, to explicate the relationships between social inclusion and related concepts such as participation, social capital and quality of life. Research is needed that takes further the demonstration of… the equivalence of measures or indicators of social inclusion across cultures; this is a central methodological challenge. Well designed studies that describe new ways of capturing indicators or those that produce reliable and well validated instruments with a research or a practical application (eg intervention studies with social inclusion as an outcome measure) will be most welcome. Studies that address the issues of cross-cultural measurement, comparison and equivalence will be particularly welcome. Papers may provide evidence from large scale quantitative population or patient based research or from smaller scale qualitative studies. In each case the results should contribute to moving the measurement debate forward.

Keywords: crosscultural; equivalence; outcomes measurement; participation; quality of life; reliability; responsiveness; social capital; social inclusion; validity

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are asked to consult the journal's editorial policies and to send their abstracts (about 200-250 words, with a tentative title) by email to Mr. António Vieira (antonio.vieira@cogitatiopress.com) by 31 March 2014. Authors are also kindly asked to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication costs.

 

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Special Issue Title: Social Inclusion and Indigenous Peoples

Guest Editors:

Professor Pat Dudgeon
School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia, Australia; E-Mail: pat.dudgeon@uwa.edu.au

Dr. Waikaremoana Waitoki
School of Psychology, University of Waikato, New Zealand; E-Mail: moana@waikato.ac.nz

Rose LeMay
International Chair, Wharerātā Group, Canada; E-Mail: roses2@bell.net

Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora
Maori & Psychology Research Unit, University of Waikato, New Zealand; E-Mail: psyc2046@waikato.ac.nz

Deadline for Abstracts: 31 May 2015
Deadline for Full Papers: 31 August 2015
Publication of the Special Issue: February 2016

Information: Indigenous peoples, particularly those in settler nations, are often excluded from participating in economic, political and cultural systems of the dominating society in which they reside. A socially inclusive society is one where all people feel valued, their differences are respected, and their basic needs are met so that they can live in dignity. Such a society has core values of equity, equality, social justice, and human rights and freedoms. A socially exclusive society is one where groups of people are not afforded human rights and suffer discrimination.

Discrimination can impact a person’s employment and income, their access to health care, education, other services and engagement in the whole of society. It is the process of being shut out from the social, economic, political and cultural systems, which contribute to the integration of a person into the community.
Racism is one mechanism that perpetuates social exclusion. Racism can take many different forms and all these interact to exclude various groups in a society. For instance, there is individual racism, institutionalized racism and cultural racism. Indigenous peoples suffer from all these forms of racism and remain socially excluded groups in Western countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA.

Social inclusion, community inclusion, social connectedness, normalisation, social integration, and social citizenship are all terms that relate to the importance of the links between the individual members of our societies and the role of each person as a member of this group. Indigenous people have suffered from a history of colonization that has actively oppressed them in all ways and has led to their social exclusion.

To develop a socially inclusive society that embodies a sense of inclusion and belonging, whereby people feel part of and are active citizens of their country is an important vision for societies. Combating racism and ensuring that groups’ cultural differences are valued is paramount. The President of the Australian Human Rights Commission states that a good society is one that actively includes all groups and benefits all: “The existence of a strong civil society is fundamental for an inclusive society and active participation in Australian life, including combatting racism. Strong community engagement provides opportunity, builds wealth, promotes social harmony, and ensures greater equality and justice for all citizens.” (Triggs, 2013)

Indigenous people are seen as fundamental in developing settler nationhoods. How human rights and cultural rights of Indigenous peoples and groups can be mobilized to gain social inclusion needs to be explored. Questions about the priorities of Indigenous peoples and those of the state should be examined to ascertain how dialogues about social inclusion and reconciliation are played out in the everyday lives of Indigenous people.

This Special Issue will focus on social inclusion and Indigenous people. Papers are invited from all disciplines and Indigenous authors or teams of Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors are especially encouraged to submit.

Triggs, G. (2013). Australian Human Rights Commission. Retrieved from https://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/speeches/social-inclusion-and-human-rig

Keywords: colonization; community inclusion; cultural racism; cultural reclamation; Indigenous peoples; self-autonomy; self-determination; social connectedness; social inclusion; social integration; social justice and reconciliation; paradigm differences; political and historical oppression

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are asked to consult the journal's editorial policies and to send their abstracts (approximately 200-250 words, with a tentative title) by email to Mr. António Vieira (antonio.vieira@cogitatiopress.com) by 31 May 2015. Authors are also kindly asked to check with their Institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication costs.

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Special Issue Title: Religious Diversity and Social Inclusion

Guest Editor:

Professor Gary D. Bouma
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations-Asia Pacific, Monash University, Australia; E-Mail: gary.bouma@monash.edu

Deadline for Abstracts: 30 June 2015
Deadline for Full Papers: 31 October 2015
Publication of the Special Issue: April 2016

Information: As societies have become religiously diverse in ways and extents not familiar in the recent histories of most, the issues of how to include this diversity, how to manage it, that is, how to be a religiously diverse society have come to the fore. As a result religion has become part of the social policy conversation in new ways. This special issue of Social Inclusion explores these issues of social inclusion in both particular settings and in cross-national comparative studies by presenting research and critical thought on this critical issue facing every society today. Social inclusion refers to the processes, structures and policies instituted by a society to promote the degree of social cohesion required to be sufficiently productive to achieve sustainability. Each society does this but often in quite different ways. Some see control and the enforcement of a dominant ideology as critical, others see the release of creative energies enabled by greater freedom to be the best way. There are other mixed modes and may be ways yet to be described. Religious diversity has been seen to challenge social cohesion both in classical sociology emerging in a Europe redolent with memories of violent conflict among religious groups and the violent imposition of religious order. Maintaining religious homogeneity is not an option for most societies today. There is no single answer to the social inclusion of many religions. Moreover, as religion continues to be or re-enters the field of social policy it does so in four basic ways—as an object of policy, as a source of policy, as an implementer of policy and as a critic of policy.

Keywords: interreligious relations; multiculturalism; multi-faith; religion; religions and violence; religious diversity; social cohesion; social control; social inclusion; social policy

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are asked to consult the journal's editorial policies and to send their abstracts (about 200-250 words, with a tentative title) by email to Mr. António Vieira (antonio.vieira@cogitatiopress.com) by 30 June 2015. Authors are also kindly asked to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication costs.

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Special Issue Title: Talking about Roma: Implications for Social Inclusion

Guest Editor:

Dr. Eben Friedman
Independent Consultant and Senior Non-Resident Research Associate, European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg, Germany; E-Mail: friedmaneben@yahoo.de

Submission of Abstracts: 1 to 8 October 2014
Submission of Full Papers: 26 January 2015 to 1 February 2015 

Information: The contributions to this special issue will address various aspects of the relationship between discourses on and the social inclusion of Roma (‘Gypsies’). Since Roma first arrived in Europe, policies targeting them have varied both in ultimate aim and in proposed means. In the absence of a consistent direction in official approaches to Roma, from the sixteenth through the late twentieth century Roma in Europe were subject at various times and places not only to policies ranging from assimilation through enslavement to physical extermination, but sometimes also to official approaches recognizing Roma as a legitimate minority with a set of rights to be protected. At present, while official discourse calling for the elimination of Roma – whether through mass killing or by abolishing cultural distinctions – has largely given way to approaches explicitly aimed at inclusion and emphasizing Roma’s rights as individuals and as members of a minority and/or tying future improvements in the situation of Roma to economic benefits for entire societies, the coexistence of these two types of ostensibly more inclusive approaches is not necessarily an easy one. Moreover, both are arguably compatible with debates on the possibility and/or desirability of the social inclusion of Roma. The contributions to this special issue will critically examine current public discourses ostensibly aimed at promoting the social inclusion of Roma, attending to the liabilities of these discourses and exploring possible alternatives for avoiding backsliding on human rights commitments.

Keywords: assimilation; economics; genocide; human rights; inclusion; Gypsies; Roma

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are asked to consult the journal's editorial policies and to send their abstracts (about 200-250 words, with a tentative title) by email to Mr. António Vieira (antonio.vieira@cogitatiopress.com) from 1 to 8 October 2014. Authors are also kindly asked to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication costs.

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Special Issue Title: Transport Policy and Social Inclusion

Guest Editors:

Professor Graham Parkhurst
Director, Centre for Transport and Society, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; E-Mail: Graham.Parkhurst@uwe.ac.uk

Dr. Juliet Jain
Centre for Transport and Society, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; E-Mail: Juliet.Jain@uwe.ac.uk

Dr. Miriam Ricci
Centre for Transport and Society, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; E-Mail: Miriam.Ricci@uwe.ac.uk

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 June 2015
Deadline for Full Papers: 15 October 2015
Publication of the Special Issue: December 2016

Information: Social inclusion was a central concept in transport policy analysis in the wealthy democracies in the 2000s, following the principle that mobility was a key resource enabling participation in society. Since then it has become less important to the debate and practice of transport policy, due to concerns that its application had promoted very specific policy targets applied in a general way. For example, policy might identify particular goods and services as essential. Planning analyses might then assess whether households theoretically reaching the closest (in time) or nearest (in space) location offering that good or service could do so within a particular threshold. Such standards would make no reference though to how those households wished to travel and whether they actually wanted to consume those goods and services from the most proximate locations. In some contexts of growing virtual mobility and the rejuvenation of home delivery services, the mobility needs which are unmet are increasingly those necessary for social interaction which in turn is important for mental wellbeing, rather than for physiological subsistence (Parkhurst et al., 2014). However, in many areas of the world access to education, health care and other essential services remain a challenge.

For this special issue “Transport Policy and Social Inclusion” we seek contributions from a variety of geographical contexts, disciplinary approaches and research methodologies examining the following topics and other interrelated questions:

• How appropriate is the concept of "social inclusion" in advancing the theory and practice of transport policy in both affluent and less affluent societies, where growing social inequalities are making it more difficult or impossible for a significant proportion of citizens to access opportunities which are the preserve of minority elites? What are the means in transport policy to influence this hegemony? Recently, there has been a focus on empowerment through recognising and promoting individual capabilities, combined with curbing the worst excesses of "social-distributional" impacts from new transport infrastructure projects. What approaches to the study of equity and social justice can be applied to debates around social inclusion in transport policy?

• What is the future role of the concept of "social inclusion" in the formation and delivery of transport policy? Is the concept still relevant for assessing needs and aspirations in contemporary transport policy? If so, in which spatial and social contexts? And can it be reformed to be more relevant? Is that relevance essentially conceptual-theoretical, or are new ways of operationalising social inclusion in policy delivery overcoming earlier limitations?

• The rise of the "sustainable mobility paradigm" (Banister, 2008) has often emphasised future environments and populations, without giving due consideration to the socioeconomic needs of contemporary communities – both minorities and majorities. Is "social inclusion" therefore a relevant and under-emphasised part of the discourse around changing mobilities? If so, how can this concept be better included in the prevailing discourse?

• The rise of new transport technologies and practices to address sustainability challenges, particularly collective or shared ownership and use of transport assets, offer new practical opportunities and challenges to inclusion. For example, how can bike and car sharing schemes be made more equitable and inclusive?

• The regulatory contexts of transport decision-making, infrastructure delivery and operations are subjects of perennial debate and relevance to inclusion in society: what are the merits and shortcomings of private and public ownership and/or operation? How (and how far) is it possible and desirable to engage the effective participation of all groups in societies in major infrastructure decision-making processes? Who should benefit from subsidies to access transport services?

Banister, D. (2008). The sustainable mobility paradigm. Transport Policy, 15(2), 73-80.

Parkhurst, G., Galvin, K., Musselwhite, C., Phillips, J., Shergold, I., & Todres, L. (2014). Beyond transport: understanding the role of mobilities in connecting rural elders in civic society. In C. Hennesey, R. Means, V. Burholt (Eds), Countryside Connections: Older people, Community and Place in Rural Britain (pp. 125-157). Bristol: Policy Press.

Keywords: capabilities approach; participation; transport needs; transport policy; transport regulation; social-distributional impacts; social exclusion; social inclusion; sustainable mobility

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are asked to consult the journal's editorial policies and to send their abstracts (about 200-250 words, with a tentative title) by email to Mr. António Vieira (antonio.vieira@cogitatiopress.com) by 15 June 2015. Authors are also kindly asked to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication costs.