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 plurithematic 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 thematic issue of Social Inclusion are kindly invited to contact the Editorial Office of the journal ([email protected]).

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Volume 10, Issue 3

Title:
Fragile Pronatalism? Barriers to Parenthood, One-Child Families, and Childlessness in European Post-Socialist Countries


Editor(s):
Ivett Szalma (Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence / Corvinus University of Budapest), Judit Takács (Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence / KWI Essen), Hana Hašková (Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences), and Livia Oláh (Stockholm University)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 May 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 December 2021
Publication of the Issue: July/September 2022

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Pronatalist family policy is a common feature of many post-socialist societies in Europe, aimed to increase fertility levels, while parenthood—especially motherhood—is an almost obligatory social norm. The demographic reality shows, however, a high prevalence of one-child families, and childlessness rates, although comparatively low at present, increase among younger cohorts. At the same time, specific groups, notably same-sex couples, are excluded from the all-encompassing social norms of parenthood. Also, pronatalist policies regulating access to assisted reproductive technologies are often selective, heteronormative and exclusionary.

Gendered familialist policies add to the exclusionary practice too, as in most post-socialist countries it is difficult to combine work and family obligations. Public childcare provision under age three is extremely limited, which together with high prevalence of traditional gender norms are likely to have contributed to the very low fertility rates in the last decades.

In European post-socialist countries, many people fail to fulfil their parenting desires, which clearly relates to social inequalities. Women especially feel that they are forced to choose between family and career. Some people are excluded from the possibility to become parents, others adjust their fertility intentions downwards in their life course. Middle-class families often greatly benefit from pronatalist family policies, unlike low-income families and people less integrated into the labour market. Indeed, pronatalist policies in post-socialist countries do not follow an inclusive approach, the measures provided are frequently selective, bordering on discrimination.

We invite contributions exploring barriers to parenthood at different levels, addressing conditions of transitioning to first birth, or investigating childlessness and one-child intentions in post-socialist contexts. We welcome qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method studies, and especially those that focus on gender(ed) aspects and social inequalities. We also welcome comparative studies that include at least one post-socialist country, contributing with new knowledge on the barriers to parenthood.


Instructions for Authors:
Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here). When submitting their abstracts, authors are also asked to confirm that they are aware that Social Inclusion is an open access journal with a publishing fee if the article is accepted for publication after peer-review (corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee).


Open Access:
The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio's Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. Further information about the journal's open access charges and institutional members can be found here.

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Volume 10, Issue 3

Title:
On the Role of Space, Place and Social Networks in Social Participation


Editor(s):
Gil Viry (University of Edinburgh), Christoph van Dülmen (Thünen Institute of Rural Studies), Marion Maisonobe (CNRS), and Andreas Klärner (Thünen Institute of Rural Studies)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 June 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 January 2022
Publication of the Issue: July/September 2022

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Research has highlighted the critical role of social networks in facilitating people’s social participation. It has also shown that social ties and networks exist in and across geographical spaces. Individuals, families, diasporas, workers, activists, among others, can develop their relationships and networks over large distances, while places and spatial proximity continue to strongly shape tie formation and social participation.

While the importance of places in research on social inclusion is widely recognised, for example in neighbourhood and community studies, social network research has, however, not fully taken up issues of space, place and spatial mobility. The role of space in tie formation and maintenance, for example, has often been analysed through the unique lens of physical distance—usually as something ‘from the outside’ to overcome, rather than as an inherent characteristic of relationships and networks. But the spatial aspects of social networks are more than a set of locations and distances on a map. They are about how social and geographical contexts intersect, for example through the processes by which spatial environments affect opportunities for social interactions. They are also about the meaning individuals attach to both places and relationships, how individuals and groups experience places and spatial mobility, and how these experiences, in turn, shape their social relationships and social participation. Key network concepts such as homophily or clusters are best understood with reference to place and place attachment.

For this thematic issue we invite contributions that investigate more deeply the intersection of space, place and social networks, and address conceptual and methodological issues in this field. For example, what spatial granularity should be used to capture the spatial embeddedness of social networks? How to visualise social relationships and networks in geographical space? How to analyse similarities and differences between the relational and lived spaces? Articles can use a variety of data, approaches and methods of collecting, analysing and visualizing social relationships and networks in space. The thematic issue welcomes theoretical contributions from different disciplines (e.g., geography, sociology, urban and rural planning) as well as empirical studies using quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods.


Instructions for Authors:
Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here). When submitting their abstracts, authors are also asked to confirm that they are aware that Social Inclusion is an open access journal with a publishing fee if the article is accepted for publication after peer-review (corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee).


Open Access:
The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio's Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. Further information about the journal's open access charges and institutional members can be found here.

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Volume 10, Issue 4

Title:
Critical Refugee Intersections: Before, During, and After Flight


Editor(s):
Niro Kandasamy (University of Sydney), Lauren Avery (University of York), and Karen Soldatic (Western Sydney University) as part of the (In)Justice International Collective

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 December 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 April 2022
Publication of the Issue: October/December 2022

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Article 1A of the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees offered five important definitional elements that help establish individuals as refugees: (a) a person’s situation of genuine risk; (b) the existence of a threat of persecution; (c) the reasons behind this persecution—a point which alluded to the possible intimidation levelled against ethnicity, Indigenous status, nationality, religion, one’s membership of a particular social group or political opinion; (d) conditions of relocation and whether the move into a different country placed an individual under threat; and finally (e) the needs and deserts of relocated individuals and the ways they should be safeguarded.

This attempt at defining refugees was deemed superficial and limited for the political climate of the time: Those fleeing from the threats of invasion or decolonisation in Africa and Asia were not considered, nor was the creation of a new kind of refugees fleeing communism in Eastern Europe and China during the cold war period. As a result, the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees was implemented to redefine, embrace, and protect these alternative refugees who had come under threat from the emergence of the new global politics and relations of power after 1951. Yet, the desired aim of protection and acceptance of all refugees has never been fully achieved and many were left stateless, without shelter and refuge. This is still the situation that exists in the 21st century for those seeking asylum.

This thematic issue is about the many diverse experiences of those seeking safety and protection, with different views on what these terms mean. With diverse refugee voices becoming more and more audible, informing scholarship on policy levels, the idea of what “critical refugee intersections” is and looks like continues to evolve. This thematic issue aims to give researchers and practitioners the opportunity to trace the predicament of refugees in the course of their migration process, with a particular focus on intersectional experiences of race, ethnicity, class, gender, caste, sexuality, disability, age, and rurality.

Topics of interest to this thematic issue include (but are not limited to) why these people felt the need to seek refuge elsewhere, what happened on their route to “safe” sanctuaries, and how they were treated/received at their final or current destinations. Proposals relating to the traumatic events of any group of fleeing refugees are encouraged, but we especially welcome those focused on movement from and within the Global South.

Case studies which carefully analyse the growing exodus of people fearful of the Taliban in Afghanistan after the hasty withdrawal of military forces from the US, UK, and the UN, and analysis of recent changes to asylum and resettlement policy and practice are also highly valued.

We welcome full length manuscripts, NGO and policy briefs (commentaries), and reviews of critical refugee works including academic books, exhibitions, films, and non-fiction books.


Instructions for Authors:
This thematic issue is the result of Social Inclusion’s partnership with research network (In)Justice International, who is also available to cover open access publication costs on a case-by-case basis. To know if you are eligible to have the APC covered by the network, please contact Simon Prideaux ([email protected]) directly. Corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee. Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here).
 


Open Access:
The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio's Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. For this thematic issue, (In)Justice International will also be available to cover open access publication costs on a case-by-case basis. To know if you are eligible to have the APC covered by the network, please contact Simon Prideaux ([email protected]) directly. Further information about the journal's open access charges and institutional members can be found here.

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Volume 10, Issue 4

Title:
New Approaches to the Study of Social Inclusion of Poor Children and Youth


Editor(s):
Anita Borch (OsloMet) and Kirsi Laitala (OsloMet)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 September 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 January 2022
Publication of the Issue: October 2022

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Poverty, often passed from one generation to another, is associated with an increased risk of being marginalized and socially excluded in childhood and adult life. Why some poor children connect to their surroundings while others do not is, however, insufficiently understood, diminishing our chance to develop efficient policy measures aiming to reduce social inequality and increase social mobility.

This thematic issue seeks to bring the field of science on poverty and social inclusion/exclusion beyond the state-of-the-art. Empirically, contributions can offer updated knowledge on social inclusion and exclusion of children and youth (up to 24-year-olds) from important areas in life such as education, labour, spare time activities or home. Focus should be on children and youth of low income families and, if relevant, on how material deprivation intersects with other risk factors of social inclusion and exclusion such as disabilities or immigrant background.

Theoretical contributions can explore poor children/youth in their social surroundings from a new theoretical angle, bringing new insights into social inclusion/exclusion processes and mechanisms promoting or hindering these groups from taking a part in society, such as theories of belonging, practice theory and actor-network.

Methodological contributions can use techniques equipped to assess the role of economy and materials in children’s life experienced through action, language and senses—vision, touch, smell, sound and taste. These include well-established methodologies like desktop studies, interviews, observations and surveys, as well as novel methodologies that have gained ground in recent years, like visual ethnography, children as co-researchers, stakeholder/user-involvement, etc. Policy-oriented contributions are also welcome.


Instructions for Authors:
Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here). When submitting their abstracts, authors are also asked to confirm that they are aware that Social Inclusion is an open access journal with a publishing fee if the article is accepted for publication after peer-review (corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee).


Open Access:
The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio's Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. Further information about the journal's open access charges and institutional members can be found here.

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Volume 10, Issue 4

Title:
Life Course Justice and Learning


Editor(s):
Aija Lulle (Loughborough University), Remus G. Anghel (SNSPA–National University of Political Studies and Public Administration / Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities), Caitriona Ni Laoire (University College Cork), and Russell King (University of Sussex)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 December 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 April 2022
Publication of the Issue: October/December 2022

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While the literature on life course transitions demonstrates increasingly greater diversity across life courses, the standard measure of an imagined template against which life progression is measured remains hegemonic. Hence, in practice, people with so-called non-standard, unconventional and non-linear life course transitions face distinct barriers, but also opportunities to follow an education, obtain jobs and establish meaningful careers. Migrants are side-lined in special classes and courses, as are mature students in more specified evening studies or higher education institutions. Class, gender and other intersections are determinant of who can access opportunities to study and subsequently develop professional skills and decent careers.

To move beyond this impasse of the hegemonic role of the ‘standard life course,’ we need to expose whose standards these are and how they affect people’s life chances in different places and times. How do institutional powers constrain chances for people to study, work and establish their own ‘homes’ when their life courses are deemed non-standard? Which institutional powers are these? How does human agency play a role in overcoming such constraints?

This thematic issue seeks contributions that theoretically and empirically unpack the idea of life course justice. Authors are challenged to develop critical inquiries into how wealth, opportunities and privilege are distributed and constrained in certain life stages and situations.

We invite theoretically nuanced and empirically rigorous contributions on the following indicative themes (the list is not exhaustive):

  • Learning pathways and life courses of migrants and refugees who are classified as chronologically older than their ‘local’ peers
  • Language and professional learning in adult age in order to obtain employment in an immigration country
  • Intergenerational relations in families where life course chances are affected by the constraints and opportunities of prevalent standards of what people ought to do in certain life stages
  • Institutional efforts to democratise learning times and spaces for life course justice

Instructions for Authors:
Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here). When submitting their abstracts, authors are also asked to confirm that they are aware that Social Inclusion is an open access journal with a publishing fee if the article is accepted for publication after peer-review (corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee).


Open Access:
The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio's Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. Further information about the journal's open access charges and institutional members can be found here.

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Volume 11, Issue 1

Title:
Wealth Stratification and the Insurance Function of Wealth


Editor(s):
Nora Müller (GESIS–Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences), Klaus Pforr (GESIS–Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences), and Jascha Dräger (GESIS–Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 March 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 1-15 July 2022
Publication of the Issue: January 2023

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Private wealth is an essential component of socioeconomic status, with substantial effects on education, family formation, and health (Killewald, Pfeffer, & Schachner, 2017). However, few studies have empirically tested which underlying processes drive these wealth effects. In this thematic issue, we want to shed light on the insurance function, a mechanism considered one of the main drivers of wealth effects (e.g., Hällsten & Pfeffer, 2017). There are two scenarios in which wealth can affect behavior by acting as a safety net. First, wealth can protect individuals from the consequences of adverse events (“actual insurance function”). Second, wealth allows individuals to make riskier decisions because they can anticipate wealth to protect them in case of failure (“anticipated insurance function”).

From a macro perspective, wealth can work as a private substitute for welfare state services, acting as a buffer against “adverse” life events like sickness, unemployment, divorce, or retirement. Previous research showed that in countries with less generous social welfare state services, wealth is more relevant for several individual-level outcomes (e.g., Hochman & Skopek, 2013; Maskileyson, 2014).

Our thematic issue seeks quantitative-empirical research testing the insurance function. Single-country studies can evaluate the insurance function of wealth under specific circumstances. Research questions include, but are not limited to:

  • Are wealthy individuals more likely to make risky life course decisions (Lovenheim, 2011; Lovenheim & Mumford, 2013)?
  • Do individuals expecting to receive a wealth transfer make riskier decisions (Doorley & Pestel, 2020; Greenberg, 2013)?
  • Is there heterogeneity in consequences of negative life events or economic crises (e.g., COVID-19) concerning wealth (Kuhn & Brulé, 2019; Rodems & Pfeffer, 2020)?
  • Under which circumstances do families or relatives compensate for negative life events with wealth transfers (Erola, Kilpi-Jakonen, Prix, & Lehti, 2018)?

Cross-country studies can try to identify how welfare state services moderate the importance of wealth as private insurance.

References

Doorley, K., & Pestel, N. (2020). Labour supply after inheritances and the role of expectations. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 82(4), 843–863. https://doi.org/10.1111/obes.12353

Erola, J., Kilpi-Jakonen, E., Prix, I., & Lehti, H. (2018). Resource compensation from the extended family: Grandparents, aunts, and uncles in Finland and the United States. European Sociological Review, 34(4), 348–364. https://doi.org/10.1093/esr/jcy021

Greenberg, A. E. (2013). When imagining future wealth influences risky decision making. Judgment and Decision Making, 8(3), 268–277.

Hällsten, M., & Pfeffer, F. T. (2017). Grand advantage: Family wealth and grandchildren’s educational achievement in Sweden. American Sociological Review, 82(2), 328–360. https://doi.org/10.1177/0003122417695791

Hochman, O., & Skopek, N. (2013). The impact of wealth on subjective well-being: A comparison of three welfare-state regimes. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 34, 127–141. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rssm.2013.07.003

Killewald, A., Pfeffer, F. T., & Schachner, J. N. (2017). Wealth inequality and accumulation. Annual Review of Sociology, 43(1). https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-soc-060116-53331

Kuhn, U., & Brulé, G. (2019). Buffering effects for negative life events: The role of material, social, religious and personal resources. Journal of Happiness Studies, 20, 1397–1417. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-018-9995-x

Lovenheim, M. F. (2011). The effect of liquid housing wealth on college enrollment. Journal of Labor Economics, 29(4), 741–771. https://doi.org/10.1086/660775

Lovenheim, M. F., & Mumford, K. J. (2013). Do family wealth shocks affect fertility choices? Evidence from the housing market. Review of Economics and Statistics, 95(2), 464–475. https://doi.org/10.1162/REST_a_00266

Maskileyson, D. (2014). Healthcare system and the wealth–health gradient: A comparative study of older populations in six countries. Social Science & Medicine, 119, 18–26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.08.013

Rodems, R., & Pfeffer, F. T. (2020). Avoiding material hardship: The buffer function of wealth (CID Discussion Paper No. 1). Ann Arbor, MI: CID.


Instructions for Authors:
Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here). When submitting their abstracts, authors are also asked to confirm that they are aware that Social Inclusion is an open access journal with a publishing fee if the article is accepted for publication after peer-review (corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee).


Open Access:
The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio's Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. Further information about the journal's open access charges and institutional members can be found here.

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Volume 11, Issue 1

Title:
Family Supportive Networks and Practices in Vulnerable Contexts


Editor(s):
Jacques-Antoine Gauthier (University of Lausanne) and Vida Česnuitytė (Mykolas Romeris University)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 February 2022 (for invited authors only)
Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 July 2022
Publication of the Issue: January/March 2023

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In response to the current and ongoing political, economic uncertainties, and/or health crisis observable in many European countries, contemporary families are increasingly exposed to living conditions that are permanently changing. This has an impact on both their internal functioning and on the relationship they establish with institutions of the welfare state. These conditions have multiple consequences on different dimensions of family life, such as conjugal and parental stability, fertility, participation in the labor market, connectivity, migration, or life expectancy. They therefore challenge not only the definition of family, but also that of its boundaries and of members with their specific roles and practices.

One of the central functions of family is to provide care and support to its members. However, when stressful events occur in the life course they can strengthen or weaken social ties, networking dynamics, division of tasks, and hence transform family practices. For instance, intergenerational solidarity may be modified when members of the younger generation remain childless. Moreover, the organization of the child- and elderly-care largely depends on the availability of dedicated institutional structures and targeted social policies. Their absence may cause overload and/or loneliness. Caregiving depends also on the availability and of the commitment of close network members. When facing adverse circumstances, not only kin members, but also non-kin members may be required for such activities. Last but not least, these contextual uncertainties have an impact on gender roles and hence on practices regarding household division of tasks and caregiving in the family and family networks.

The aim of this thematic issue is to shed light on the current state of caregiving and support practices within family networks in a European cross-national perspective, including Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, and Switzerland.

The articles selected for this thematic issue are all based on oral presentations made in 2021 in two conferences of the research network Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives, of the European Sociological Association (ESA RN13). The results provided by the selected articles are all based on empirical researches using different methodological approaches.


Instructions for Authors:
Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here). When submitting their abstracts, authors are also asked to confirm that they are aware that Social Inclusion is an open access journal with a publishing fee if the article is accepted for publication after peer-review (corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee).


Open Access:
The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio's Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. Further information about the journal's open access charges and institutional members can be found here.

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Volume 11, Issue 1

Title:
Disability and Social Inclusion: Lessons from the Pandemic


Editor(s):
Owen Barden (Liverpool Hope University), Laura Waite (Liverpool Hope University), Erin Pritchard (Liverpool Hope University), and Ana Bê Pereira (Liverpool Hope University)

Submission of Abstracts: 15-30 November 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 April 2022
Publication of the Issue: January/February 2023

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The Coronavirus pandemic necessitated rapid, radical changes to global systems, structures and organisations across all areas of life, including education, healthcare and social services. These changes were something of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, widespread adoption of the kinds of remote-working technologies long advocated for by disabled people opened up possibilities for inclusion. On the other, some people’s inability to access such technologies, together with increased social isolation, exacerbated forms of exclusion. This thematic issue considers what lessons can be learned from the pandemic in striving to design a future which is more inclusive for all.

Submissions may have theoretical, empirical or experiential bases. Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Social inclusion and social isolation for disabled people during the pandemic;
  • Lived experience of disability during the pandemic;
  • Intersectionality and the pandemic;
  • Relationships between educational and social inclusion/exclusion during the pandemic;
  • Disability and networked individualism;
  • Disability and the digital divide;
  • Futurity and the pandemic: Where do we go from here?

Instructions for Authors:
Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here). When submitting their abstracts, authors are also asked to confirm that they are aware that Social Inclusion is an open access journal with a publishing fee if the article is accepted for publication after peer-review (corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee).


Open Access:
The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio's Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. Further information about the journal's open access charges and institutional members can be found here.

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Volume 11, Issue 2

Title:
Indigenous Emancipation: The Fight Against Marginalisation, Criminalisation, and Oppression


Editor(s):
Grace O’Brien (Queensland University of Technology), Pey-Chun Pan (National Pingtung University of Science and Technology), and Simon Prideaux ((In)Justice International) as part of the (In)Justice International Collective

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 July 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 1-15 November 2022
Publication of the Issue: April/June 2023

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According to the United Nations, Indigenous peoples are the inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating collectively and to the environment. Indigenous peoples have retained social, cultural, economic, and political characteristics that are uniquely different from those of the dominant society. Yet despite their cultural differences, Indigenous peoples from around the world share common concerns and obstacles in the protection of their rights as distinct peoples. As a result, they have sought recognition of their identities, way of life, and their right to traditional lands, territories, and natural resources for many years.

Throughout history, however, Indigenous peoples’ rights have always been violated. Today, they are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. In response, the international community is tentatively recognising that special measures are required to protect Indigenous rights and maintain distinct cultures and ways of life. Yet neoliberal-endorsed/inspired acts of travesty against Indigenous groups have emanated from illegal deforestation, land clearances, mining, and the desecration of sacred sites (as in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Brazil), the confiscation of lands either by deception or force (in the US and New Zealand), and the inculcation of “white” norms and values of the dominant “social” configurations of the “civilized” Western (minority) World (epitomised by the Residential Schools in Canada, 1880s–1996, and Missions in Australia 1820–1987).

Despairingly, such practices continue in a relatively unabated manner and, in the midst of all this violation, Indigenous women are particularly vulnerable. So too are Indigenous youth who are disproportionately impacted by a lack of access to education, employment opportunities, decision making processes, and, above all, access to justice. Indeed, the semi-autonomous status and/or social exclusion of Indigenous communities has led to inadequate mechanisms to address gender-based violence, which tends to be higher than national averages in many countries, whereas Indigenous youths are significantly overrepresented in judicial sentencing statistics and youth suicides.

This call for papers is asking for transnational and transdisciplinary studies/expressions of lived experiences facing Indigenous peoples across the globe. Accounts may range from the results of deforestation, environmental destruction, destruction, and denial of “homelands,” renouncement of human rights, neoliberal exploitation, or indiscriminate impoverishment. Similarly, analysis of the social harms caused by discriminatory incarceration of Indigenous peoples, prejudicial attitudes toward Indigenous women, lack of care or respect for disabled Indigenous people, access to healthcare, and/or the inequity levelled against Indigenous LGBTI+ groups/individuals would also be welcome.

We also encourage authors whose first language is not English to send in a copy of their manuscript in their Native language, to be made available through the (In)Justice International website. These manuscripts will form an informal companion to the official issue published by Social Inclusion: They will not undergo peer-review and are exempt from the journal’s article processing fee, but will not be included in the published volume. For more information, please contact Simon Prideaux ([email protected]).


Instructions for Authors:
This thematic issue is the result of Social Inclusion’s partnership with research network (In)Justice International, who is also available to cover open access publication costs on a case-by-case basis. To know if you are eligible to have the APC covered by the network, please contact Simon Prideaux ([email protected]) directly. Corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee. Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here).


Open Access:
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Volume 11, Issue 2

Title:
Effecting Systemic Change: Critical Strategic Approaches to Social Inclusion


Editor(s):
Nick J. Mulé (York University) and Luann Good Gingrich (York University)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 June 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 October 2022
Publication of the Issue: April/May 2023

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This thematic issue will focus on critical, insightful, and innovative strategic approaches to social inclusion through change in social systems. The literature is replete with the need for systemic change to address growing divides within and between nations that leave many individuals and groups increasingly marginalized and disenfranchised, yet very little on how this can be done. Global crises have drawn attention to the disproportionate vulnerabilities and hardships experienced by people who are immigrants and refugees, living with disabilities, LGBTQ, Black and Indigenous, low income, precariously employed, elderly, young and female workers, to name a few. Perhaps as never before, there is widespread recognition that social institutions and systems have let many down, we need to “build back better.” Yet we acknowledge a paucity of academic literature that proposes and operationalizes systemic analyses and change to promote dynamics of social inclusion rather than social exclusion.

This thematic issue tackles a systemic view, a wide-angle lens, that analyses social institutions and societies to be mutually productive and malleable, rather than self-reproducing and inevitable, to explore opportunities and visions for transformation. Such perspectives reject common sense and individualized models of social inclusion geared toward person-change measures that imply and conceal an uncontested ‘centre’ or series of ‘centres’ whereby voluntary engagement or mandatory insertion moves an individual from social exclusion to inclusion. To the contrary, a systems analysis situates societies as nested social environments, structured by and structuring various social systems, including business, labour, health, education, legal, political, and social service sectors—all of which are implicated in organizing individuals and communities, thus perpetuating social divides and disparities. Articles for this thematic issue will offer effective and responsive approaches, principles, practices, and/or models for impactful systemic change, whether internally and/or externally, towards meaningful and practical social inclusion in our institutions, communities, and societies.


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Volume 11, Issue 2

Title:
Post-Migration Stress: Racial Microaggressions and Everyday Discrimination


Editor(s):
Fabio Quassoli (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca) and Monica Colombo (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 June 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 October 2022
Publication of the Issue: April/June 2023

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This thematic issue aims at presenting new and original research on post-migration stress and the ways racial microaggressions and discrimination influence the everyday experiences of both migrants and asylum seekers, as well as their feelings of inclusion/exclusion.

Pre-migration trauma is recognized as a key predictor of mental health outcomes, especially in refugees and asylum seekers (Carlson & Rosser-Hogan, 1991; Mollica et al., 1998). Studies indicate that migrants and asylum seekers are typically exposed to numerous types of potentially traumatic experiences in their home countries and during displacement (Marshall et al., 2005; Mollica et al., 1999). As a result, rates of major psychological disorders (including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety), particularly among asylum seekers and refugees, are higher than in the general population (Li et al., 2016).

Overall, the post-migration experience is multi-layered and can be influenced by a complex and multifaceted set of factors (economic, social, cultural, and linguistic) related to both the departure and destination contexts (Hynie, 2018). Besides, increasingly restrictive immigration and asylum policies have been introduced over the last decade, in Europe and North America (extended processing times, the implementation of temporary (rather than permanent) visas for refugees, longer periods of mandatory detention, etc.). The newcomers’ experience is often fraught with great uncertainty, requiring individuals to navigate increasingly complex legal procedures and face numerous barriers to access fundamental rights and services. From the earliest stages, the journey of inclusion becomes stressful and anxiety-inducing and is characterized by resettlement stress, distrust of authority, and perceived discrimination and stigma (Rugunanan & Smit, 2011). In addition to symptoms of depression (Kim, 2016), perceived discrimination and stigma feed on otherness (Hatoss, 2012) and a sense of exclusion (Ryan et al., 2008).

The emergence of a kind of “belonging boundary” (Morrice, 2013) is also boosted by negative representations of asylum seekers and refugees by mainstream media that fuel growing hostility towards them (Krzyżanowski et al., 2018). They are defined not from their own characteristics “but simply by the fact that they are ‘not one of us,’ and are, therefore, a threat to ‘our way of life’” (Kundnani, 2001, p. 52). A perception of threat that fosters discriminatory attitudes and often results in a myriad of everyday ethnic and racial micro-aggressions that can strongly influence migrants/refugees’ well-being and feeling of inclusion (El-Bialy & Mulay, 2020).

Microaggressions are subtle, covert acts that might appear harmless, but that accumulate to harm both the mental well-being of migrants and asylum seekers and their feeling of exclusion (Wong, 2014). Ethnic-racial microaggressions (Sue, 2010) and everyday racism (Essed, 1991) have so far been little studied in relation to migratory processes (especially in Europe). This thematic issue aims to offer a deeper understanding of these processes at various levels: in interpersonal and inter-group relationships across a variety of institutional settings (schools, mental health, social services, etc.) and in everyday experience. Studies of everyday forms of resistance will be of particular interest. On the methodological ground, we will privilege in-depth qualitative studies.

Relevant research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Discrimination and racism in institutional/work contexts
  • Discrimination and racism in everyday informal situations
  • The perception of being unduly classified and made inferior based on negative stereotypes or common-sense categorization
  • Consequences of racial and ethnic aggression in terms of overall well-being and feelings of social exclusion
  • Resistance practices, avoidance tactics, and passing

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Volume 11, Issue 3

Title:
In/Exclusive Cities: Insights From a Social Work Perspective


Editor(s):
Karine Duplan (HETS-HESSO Geneva / University of Geneva), Monica Battaglini (HETS-HESSO Geneva), Milena Chimienti (HETS-HESSO Geneva), and Marylène Lieber (University of Geneva)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 September 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 January 2023
Publication of the Issue: July/September 2023

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In the era of globalization and climate change, the general perception of cities oscillates between something of a territory that “saves” land through its increasing density and a “concrete hell” that impacts the environment in a massive way through overconsumption. Among UN’s 17 goals to “transform our world” (the SDGs), point 11 states: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.” Justifying the need for change, the importance of cities is quantified in the argument that, although they occupy only 3% of the planet’s surface, cities use three quarters of the resources and generate 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. At the center of many reflections, cities fascinate, attract the greediness of some, and materialize as a repellent for others.

Long seen as places of power and ex/inclusion based on gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, social class, and disability, favoring the morality of the privileged classes, cities are also perceived as places that could open up and facilitate the inclusion of people newly arrived on the territory or of marginalized people that can easily go “unnoticed.” Cities are places of collective rituals that can potentially strengthen social ties. A vision of the future, an urban project—even a utopia—is thus formed, which presupposes that an “open and inclusive” city represents a good city.

In this context, social work is certainly called upon to play a major role based on its historical presence in cities and its know-how in accompanying transitions. The purpose of this thematic issue is to understand the contribution of social work to the definition of an “open” and “inclusive” city and to the realization of actions related to it on the territory. Contributions should touch upon the following questions: What is an inclusive city? To what extent are cities inclusive and what are their limits? How do people manage to negotiate this inclusion? How does social work contribute to the definition of the “inclusive” city? What role do social work professionals play in the development and eventual realization of these inclusive visions of cities?


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Volume 11, Issue 3

Title:
Expanding the Boundaries of Digital Inclusion: Perspectives From Network Peripheries and Non-Adopters


Editor(s):
Rob McMahon (University of Alberta), Nadezda Nazarova (Nord University), and Laura Robinson (Santa Clara University)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 July 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 January 2023
Publication of the Issue: July/September 2023

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The design and deployment of the globalizing network society tend to follow a logic that extends from centres of power out to more peripheral areas that are drawn into the dominant system. This logic is reflected in discourses of digital inclusion, which seek to integrate marginalized individuals, groups, and territories in existing digital infrastructures and systems. Starosielski (2015, pp.10–11) notes in her study of the undersea cable network that “centralizing forces continue to permeate and underpin the extension of networks,” while at the same time surfacing the “conflicts, contestations, and negotiations that shape systems on the ground” (Starosielski, 2015, p. 82). The process of digital inclusion involves tensions and contradictions grounded in the conditions of groups and individuals located at the nodes of globalizing networks. As Baym (2015, pp. 51–52) writes, “machines can and do accelerate certain trends, cultural weaknesses, and fortify certain social structures while eroding others.” Furthermore, researchers have long identified embedded values in the design, development, and implementation of digital technologies and infrastructures, many of which inadvertently threaten to perpetuate existing hierarchies and introduce new forms of domination and inequality in areas such as class, race, gender and so on (e.g., van Deursen & van Dijk, 2013). In short, struggles between hegemonic ontologies of inclusion and the agency of socially marginalized groups are present in digital inclusion projects situated in a variety of “hard to reach” terrains: from spatially dispersed communities to those which remain metaphorically “disconnected,” sometimes by choice.

In this thematic issue we invite research that contests, challenges, and reimagines what digital inclusion is and what it should be. We welcome submissions on any facet of this topic writ large. In addition, we are also interested in diverse “non-adopters” of digital technologies, with the goal of learning from them about the potential and limitations of existing forms of digital inclusion. Pursuant to Dutta (2020, p. 333), who argues that “the principle of communicative equality shapes the solidarities in the actual work of building communicative infrastructures that are anchored in subaltern voices, guided by subaltern logics and owned by subaltern communities,” we invite authors to consider ways to think about network ontologies from the perspectives of non-adopters. We also encourage authors to probe new ways to consider social and digital inclusion from understudied vantage points such as non adopters who wish to remain disconnected. We also anticipate submissions from geographically dispersed communities to learn from groups who are working to connect themselves, etc. Finally, we welcome work that foregrounds values and design choices that can inform understandings of how to shape digital initiatives in more inclusive directions, as well as work that joins agency with critical analysis, pointing us to ways to conceptualize emergent digital networks as active mediating forces in relations of social inclusion.

References

Baym, N. (2015). Personal connections in the digital age. Polity Press.

Dutta, M. (2020). Communication, culture and social change: Meaning, co-option and resistance. Palgrave Macmillan.

Starosielski, N. (2015). The undersea network. Duke University Press.

van Deursen, A. J. A. M., & van Dijk, J. A. G. M. (2013). The digital divide shifts to differences in usage. New Media & Society, 16(3), 507–526.


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Volume 11, Issue 3

Title:
Resisting a “Smartness” That Is All Over the Place: Technology as a Marker of In/Ex/Seclusion


Editor(s):
Karin Hannes (KU Leuven) and Fred Truyen (KU Leuven)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 September 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 1-15 December 2022
Publication of the Issue: July 2023

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We live in a societal realm where robotics and artificial intelligence are strongly reshaping our futures. The boundaries between (wo)mankind and machine are becoming increasingly blurred. Our phones are an extension of our hand, our computers have become the gatekeepers to significant others. Robots we are not—perhaps not yet. Desires, expectations and visions differ. Where would a detailed cartography of the individual and social impact of becoming (or already partly being or aspiring to be) a machine lead us? How do we imagine a future with, without or as part of the materiality that currently surrounds us? Who imagines what and how do the implicit world views as presented in fiction, fantasy and progressive research shape our future image?

We tremble, we hesitate, we struggle to make sense of belonging to the cloud and the tangibility of our private spaces. Perhaps we all fear the idea of the machines taking over, but the impact of this would be (and already is) unequally distributed in workspaces, schools and life more generally. The idea recasts our vision on what it means to be present as a human in a fast, increasingly digital environment, leaving some but not necessarily all behind. It reshapes our notion of what an identity is, or how particular identities embody themselves in their relation to others, humans and non-humans.

New complexities and assemblages challenge our thinking and actions. Who is in? Who is out? When does technology become a marker of inclusivity or exclusivity? Can it be both at the same time? Who is rewriting the discourse on inclusive societies? A new generation of digital natives sits on the forefront of decision-making. We adopt and adapt in the absence of clear alternatives. At the same time, we try to imagine what a playful fusion with technology would look like. Is a symbiotic relationship with non-humans possible? If so, how can we build an affirmative, pleasure-prone relationship with them for all?

We invite the scholarly community to help us think through the multiple challenges this rapid change will bring. Technological progress creates new possibilities. Alternatively, it might perhaps pose a danger to liberal democracy or reinstall undesirable exclusion mechanisms. Bring your stories about how humans materialize differently as a result of the discursive-material socio-technical realities they are part of. Increase our insight in how machines think, act, sympathize and socialize with privileged as well as non-privileged populations. Think techno-embodiment, self-design, artification, digi-bodiment, smart cities that empower rather than belittle humans. All humans. But equally, bring your evidence for when and how to resist a technological smartness that is all over the place, particularly when leaving some but not all behind.


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Volume 11, Issue 3

Title:
Artificial Intelligence and Ethnic, Religious, and Gender-Based Discrimination


Editor(s):
Derya Ozkul (University of Oxford)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 September 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 January 2023
Publication of the Issue: August/September 2023

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The use of artificial intelligence-based technologies, including biometrics and blockchain, is on the rise in many sectors. Still, these new technologies are often employed with no regulation, weak oversight and governance mechanisms. The existing literature suggests that the deployment of these technologies has been opaque with little knowledge about who has access to the data, with whom it is shared and who is accountable for the wrongdoings of humans and automated decision-makers in the process. In many sectors, recipients are obliged to provide their consent in order to receive the product, without knowing how their data will be used and how it will be protected.

Moreover, these new technologies have been introduced without an examination of possible forms of exclusion. Like any other tool, technology in itself is not neutral. The ability to design, own and use AI-based technologies is directly related to relationships of power. Not only assessing individual characteristics and posing a risk to privacy rights, biometric identification can discriminate according to group-based (gender, ethnic, religious) characteristics. For instance, existing preliminary research finds that 'machine bias' against gender and racialised characteristics of individuals persist in the scanning of CVs and in assessments of criminals' likelihood of becoming a recidivist. Even though there is growing activism on risks to data privacy, there are very few scholarly investigations on how AI-based technologies can give rise to discrimination of certain groups over others.

This thematic issue will explore the following questions and related topics: To what extent the use of new technologies result in discrimination based on gender, ethnic or religious backgrounds? What are the newly emerging governance mechanisms to mitigate such forms of discrimination? How is accountability ensured in the design and implementation stages? What is the role of civil society and courts in challenging the 'machine bias'? This thematic issue invites articles with a critical lens and empirically novel findings across various spheres, including but not limited to courts, public security, and border management, among others.


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Volume 11, Issue 4

Title:
Adult Migrants’ Language Learning, Labour Market, and Social Inclusion


Editor(s):
Andreas Fejes (Linköping University) and Magnus Dahlstedt (Linköping University)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 December 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 April 2023
Publication of the Issue: October/December 2023

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Language learning and language education plays a central role in adult migrants’ establishment in the receiving country. This issue has gained increased political significance in the wake of globalization (Canagarajah, 2017).

 

 

Whereas adult migrants’ knowledge of the receiving country’s official language is often treated as a prerequisite for social inclusion, the alleged lack of language competence among adult migrants is often considered a threat to social cohesion (Rydell, 2018a). However, adult migrants anywhere are quite the heterogeneous group, with different life experiences and conditions for language learning and social inclusion. From the perspective of migrants themselves, language learning is mostly future-oriented, as access to linguistic resources is linked to a "future identity" and the prospect of being part of an imagined community. It is thus regarded as a means for entering the labour market as well as higher education (Norton, 2013; Rydell, 2018b). However, with a strong focus on language and language learning, there is a risk that other important factors in migrants’ social inclusion are neglected (Dahlsted & Fejes, 2021; Simpson & Whitesand, 2015).

For adult migrants, adult education is a crucial setting for initial language learning (cf. Fejes & Dahlstedt, 2020a, 2020b). The main focus of initial language learning for adult migrants, as elaborated in European national as well as international policies, is the preparation of these individuals for the labour market, i.e., employability (Lindberg & Sandwall, 2017; Simpson & Whitesand, 2015). However, the relationship between language learning and the labour market is complex. It has been shown, for example, how in European countries migrant adult students during their work placement encounter limited access to interaction and learning opportunities, or that knowledge in English, rather than the local language of the new host country, could be sufficient for career opportunities. From a longitudinal perspective, it has been pointed out how those adult migrants who had participated in second language education after a 10-year period experienced a higher level of labour market participation than those who never attended such education. Meanwhile, no significant differences were found with respect to levels of income (for the Swedish example cf. Kennerberg & Åslund, 2010). However, other studies have illustrated that access to the labour market is not solely determined by migrants’ language proficiency, since migrants’ social mobility also depends on factors like educational background and social networks (cf. Behtoui & Olsson, 2014).

The relationship between migrants’ language learning, the labour market, and social inclusion is a complex one, and scholars are challenged to address it in this thematic issue. We invite contributions that problematise such relationship across different educational, social, professional, and geographical contexts.

References

Behtoui, A., & Olsson, E. (2014). The performance of early age migrants in education and the labour market: A comparison of Bosnia Herzegovinians, Chileans and Somalis in Sweden. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40(5), 778–795.

Canagarajah, S. (2017). Introduction—The nexus of migration and language: The emergence of a disciplinary space. In S. Canagarajah (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of migration and language. Routledge.

Dahlstedt, M., & Fejes, A. (Eds.). (2021). Utbildning i migrationens tid: Viljor, organisering och villkor för inkludering [Education in times of migration: Wills, organization and conditions for inclusion]. Studentlitteratur.

Fejes, A., & Dahlstedt, M. (2020a). A place called home: The meaning(s) of popular education for newly arrived refugees. Studies in Continuing Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/0158037X.2020.1767563

Fejes, A., & Dahlstedt, M. (2020b). Language introduction as a space for the inclusion and exclusion of young asylum seekers in Sweden. International Journal of Qualitative Research on Health and Well-Being, 15(2). https://doi.org/10.1080/17482631.2020.1761196

Kennerberg, L., & Åslund, O. (2010). Sfi och arbetsmarknaden [SFI and the labor market]. IFAU.

Lindberg, I., & Sandwall, K. (2017). Conflicting agendas in Swedish adult second language education. In C. Kerfoot & K. Hyltenstam (Eds.), Entangled discourses: South-North orders of visibility. Routledge.

Norton, B. (2013). Identity and language learning: Extending the conversation. Multilingual Matters.

Rydell, M. (2018a). Constructions of language competence: Sociolinguistic perspectives on assessing second language interactions in basic adult education. Stockholm University.

Rydell, M. (2018b). Being “a competent language user” in a world of Others: Adult migrants’ perceptions and constructions of communicative competence. Linguistics and Education, 45, 101–109.

Simpson, J., & Whiteside, A. (2015). Adult language education and migration: Challenging agendas in policy and practice. Routledge.


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Volume 11, Issue 4

Title:
Disabled People and the Intersectional Nature of Social Inclusion


Editor(s):
Alexis Buettgen (McMaster University), Fernando Fontes (Universidade de Coimbra), Susan Eriksson (South Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences), and Colin Barnes (University of Leeds) as part of the (In)Justice International Collective

Submission of Abstracts: 15-30 November 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 April 2023
Publication of the Issue: October/December 2023

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Disabled people comprise 15% of the world’s population, 80% of whom are in the global south. They are integral parts of our families, communities, and cultures. Disabled people are a part of our human diversity but continue to face discrimination and exclusion in socio-economic, political, and cultural life. Disabled people are disproportionately represented among those living in poverty, which, when analysed in depth, is usually the result of discrimination, government failure, ineptitude, immorality, criminality, or exclusive policy.

The social model of disability envisages disablement as a social construction of systemic barriers, discriminatory attitudes, and exclusion. It represents a shift from individual medical assumptions about disability to an analysis of how society responds to impaired individuals and disables them from full participation. The model implies that impairments would not necessarily lead to disability if society were to accommodate and include disabled people. Indeed, most people acquire their impairments (to varying degrees and in different forms) through birth, poverty, environmental hazards, violence, accident, war, and ageing. This critical approach to disability issues has become internationally influential and changed the way disabled people see themselves and organize for social change. This perspective also considers the multiple intersecting identities that people with disabilities hold, and forms of oppression related to their gender, sexuality, age, race/ethnicity, nationality, class/caste, or other characteristics.

As the social model has developed over the past few decades, there has also been a rise in profile of disability rights and disability justice. As a starting point, however, it is important to acknowledge that contemporary understandings and attitudes towards disability have been shaped by the onset of capitalism and its associated ideologies of individualism, liberal utilitarianism, industrialisation (specifically waged labour) and the medicalisation of social life. As a result, the injustice of disableism (in all its discriminatory forms) is endemic to most, if not all, “developed” contemporary societies.

This call for papers is asking for transnational and transdisciplinary studies/expressions of lived experiences facing disabled people across the globe from a social, human rights and/or disability justice perspective. Accounts could range from the results of climate change/action, renouncement of human rights, hate crimes and violence, structural vulnerability and discrimination, disability politics and policies, neoliberal exploitation or indiscriminate impoverishment, and exclusive service provision. Similarly, intersectional analyses of the experiences of youth, 2SLGBTQI+, indigenous and tribal peoples, ethnic minorities, refugees, and migrants, are particularly welcome. This call for papers is seeking manuscripts that promote social inclusion and encompass solutions to social exclusion. Papers discussing innovative practices of inclusion are also welcome as are perspectives from the Global South.

We also encourage authors whose first language is not English to send in a copy of their manuscript in their Native language, to be made available through the (In)Justice International website. These manuscripts will form an informal companion to the official issue published by Social Inclusion: They will not undergo peer-review and are exempt from the journal’s article processing fee, but will not be included in the published volume. For more information, please contact Simon Prideaux ([email protected]).


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This thematic issue is the result of Social Inclusion’s partnership with research network (In)Justice International, who is also available to cover open access publication costs on a case-by-case basis. To know if you are eligible to have the APC covered by the network, please contact Simon Prideaux ([email protected]) directly. Corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee. Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here).


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The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio's Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. For this thematic issue, (In)Justice International will also be available to cover open access publication costs on a case-by-case basis. To know if you are eligible to have the APC covered by the network, please contact Simon Prideaux ([email protected]) directly. Further information about the journal's open access charges and institutional members can be found here.

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Volume 11, Issue 4

Title:
Digitalization of Working Worlds and Social Inclusion


Editor(s):
Simone Haasler (GESIS–Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences) and Alice Melchior (GESIS–Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 December 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 April 2023
Publication of the Issue: October/November 2023

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The current digitalization implies a profound societal transformation that will significantly restructure our working lives. For society, and for the world of work in particular, the dynamics of digitalization present one of the major challenges. Thereby, the digital transformation of work does not simply relate to technological innovation, but rather should be understood as a complex socio-technical process, which is socially prepared, technically enabled, discursively negotiated, and ultimately individually mastered. As a result, the digitalization of working worlds is characterized by multiple dimensions and processes that evolve and proceed unevenly, interacting in complex ways and not uncommonly contradicting one another.

While different approaches and lines of argument evolve around the digital transformation of work, three overarching strands of discussion can be identified. These address the relation between (a) work and society, (b) work and organization, and (c) work and technology. Regarding the relation between (a) work and society, we can see the social impact of digitalization, resulting in disadvantages for certain groups of society at the labor market, including gender disparities, uneven labor market participation structures, newly emerging employee categories, or concerns evolving around work-life balance, to name a few. Also, the relationship of and interaction between service economies and production are changing significantly due to digitalization processes.

For the dimension (b) work and organization, we can observe changing working conditions of employees, new business models, struggles of labor policy to set regulations for digital work as well as inter-company aspects such as how digitalization is modifying the interplay between autonomy and control, between managers and employees, between management and representative bodies, and between platform providers and crowd-workers, among other aspects.

In terms of the relation between (c) work and technology, the focus is placed on changes in work processes within organizations. Observed changes modify socio-technical structures and related forms of interaction and collaboration, which may significantly affect and restructure individual workplaces. In this context, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, or artificial intelligence (AI), among others, enable increasing connectivity and integration of physical and digital worlds so that interaction and collaboration between several actors, people and robots, and people and algorithms are undergoing a dynamic expansion. New job profiles, skill demands, and training requirements are one facet of the implications these dynamics may induce.

Against this background, this thematic issue explores the implications and dynamics of social inclusion and exclusion related to the digital transformation of working worlds. We invite contributions that consider the interplay between the multiple dynamics and dimensions of the digitalization of work and social inclusion, for example (but not exclusively) in terms of gender, age, work status, employment groups, qualifications and skills, as well as sectors and countries, or their intersections in specific work domains or work dimensions such as work processes, employment opportunities, careers, and working conditions. We welcome theoretical contributions as well as empirical and comparative studies conducted using qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods.


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Volume 12, Issue 1

Title:
Community Development and Preventative Care With Older People: New Values and Approaches


Editor(s):
Fiona Verity (Swansea University), Frances Barker (Solva Care), Mark Llewellyn (University of South Wales), Simon Read (Swansea University), and Jonathan Richards (University of South Wales)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 March 2023
Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 July 2023
Publication of the Issue: January/March 2024

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Recently there has been a chorus of demands to “re-imagine” social care. Community and faith-based organisations, policy, and academic communities are engaged in discussions on issues such as human rights for older populations, the future of residential-based aged care, how to better support family/community care, and strengthen local place-based community development. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has added new urgency to this mission. From the perspective of C. Wright Mills’ sociological imagination, the private pains and suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic have exposed public troubles of endemic system failings and low investment in social care, including workforce gaps, prevailing discourses of ageism, tensions with health systems, and limitations of market models of care and support.

Set against this background, the subject of this thematic issue of Social Inclusion is a prevention agenda in social care for older people, with a focus on community development values and approaches. Prevention is a central social welfare principle in many countries. It is associated with policy and practices that aim to meet social care needs early, mitigating against the need for future support and assistance. While applied in the context of complex social problems, discourses of prevention are most coherent and established in the realm of public health (e.g., tertiary, secondary, and primary prevention). As Rapoport highlighted in the 1960s, however, translating the unified view of prevention associated with public health into social welfare is inherently problematic. This remains the case. Preventative social care and support necessarily operate in complex and dynamic systems, generally where knowledge of causation and the consequences are unclear, and an imaginative application of care needs and contexts is required.

Though current policy direction across many countries suggests opportunities for re-imagining how prevention may be best conceptualised, numerous studies have highlighted that there remains considerable confusion and disparity in how this plays out in practice. Prevention in social care can be implemented from mixed starting points, i.e., economic objectives, social justice objectives, and look different in practice. Included within this broad agenda are community development approaches and service delivery models driven by the needs of older people in their communities/localities, and collectively focused on common concerns and solutions.

This thematic issue will canvass questions such as:

  • What can be learnt from social care preventative practices with older people that use community development approaches?
  • How might older people be part of a reimagination of a preventative agenda in social care?
  • What can social enterprises and cooperatives contribute to advancing a prevention agenda in social care?
  • What might the marketisation of service delivery systems (e.g., individualised/direct payments) mean for community development solutions and approaches?
  • How can prevention in social care be better conceptualised?
  • What has been learnt from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older populations to inform a prevention agenda in social care?

Instructions for Authors:
Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here). When submitting their abstracts, authors are also asked to confirm that they are aware that Social Inclusion is an open access journal with a publishing fee if the article is accepted for publication after peer-review (corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee).


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Volume 12, Issue 1

Title:
Social and Ecological Infrastructure for Recidivism Reduction


Editor(s):
Matthew DelSesto (Boston College) and Stephen Pfohl (Boston College)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 March 2023
Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 July 2023
Publication of the Issue: January/March 2024

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This thematic issue explores the growing interest in ecological sustainability policies, programs, and practices related to the criminal justice system. Contributions should highlight how these approaches are reducing recidivism, promoting prisoner resettlement, or supporting social inclusion. Contributions will be drawn from the Social and Ecological Infrastructure for Recidivism Reduction (2022, more info here), based in the United States, but this call for papers is also open to scholars or scholar-practitioners working on related issues around the world. Currently, existing scholarship and practice is fragmented across specialized fields, and this thematic issue will be one of the first forums that gathers a wide range of perspectives on ecological sustainability practices in the criminal justice system. The thematic issue overall aims to highlight research and insights from an emerging interdisciplinary field, calling attention to both well-established findings and potential sites or processes that require further research.

Articles from a variety of disciplines are welcome, including organizational research that is being conducted in collaboration with corrections departments, horticultural or sustainability perspectives on correctional programming that contributes to positive environmental and social outcomes, educational and mental health research on program evaluation or best practices, social scientific approaches to studying connections among crime, environment and urban space, or any other related line of research. Overall, submissions should show how creative or innovative ecological sustainability initiatives are shaping the criminal justice system, or how these engagements with living plant ecologies are transforming existing conceptions of justice to better serve communities that are most impacted by crime and incarceration.

Possible topics may include innovative collaborations (within and beyond prison walls) for recidivism reduction, public safety, and social inclusion with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people on the following topics:

  • Science-based and STEM education
  • Food systems and nutrition
  • Landscape ecology and biophilic design
  • Vocational training and green industry opportunities
  • Community greening practices and partnerships
  • Environmental conservation research and practice
  • Horticultural therapy, green care, and therapeutic gardens

Instructions for Authors:
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Volume 12, Issue 1

Title:
China and Climate Change: Towards a Socially Inclusive and Just Transition


Editor(s):
Lichao Yang (Beijing Normal University) and Robert Walker (Beijing Normal University)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 March 2023
Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 July 2023
Publication of the Issue: January/March 2024

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China’s transition from a low-income country to the world’s second-largest economy has been fueled by coal. Coal in 2018 supplied 59% of China’s energy consumption and its carbon emissions are consistently great. In 2017, China was responsible for 26% of global carbon emissions, while the United States accounted for 14% and Europe for 10%.

On September 2020, and in preparation for COP26, China announced its intention to reach carbon neutrality before 2060 and to strive to ensure that emissions peaked before 2030: Integrated as a binding commitment in its 14th five-year plan, the country must achieve a cumulative 13.5% reduction in energy consumption per unit of GDP and an 18% decrease in carbon dioxide emission intensity. The social implications of these commitments are profound. With the 5.2 million coal miners accounting for 0.6% of the national workforce and contributing 0.5% to total GDP in 2017, 120,000 miners will need to be laid-off or redeployed annually. Supply-chain job losses will be even greater, geographically concentrated, and therefore with major impacts on local economies. The social costs of China’s already substantial shift towards a low carbon economy have not been equitably distributed. Top-down decision-making, lack of community participation, and strong vested interests have proved harmful to the most vulnerable workers in the already most disadvantaged communities.

Globally, the much-discussed concept of “just transition” is, however, rarely rigorously implemented. Often limited to equitable outcomes, we will argue that it should embrace procedural justice and reflect social, cultural, symbolic, and institutional circumstances. With a focus on China, this thematic issue invites authors to submit theoretical and empirical articles that address, among other possibilities:

  • The meaning of just transition;
  • Cultural, political, and structural obstacles to just transition;
  • Approaches to, and examples of, just transition.

If, as some argue, just transition is premised on liberal democracy, what relevance does it have in China?


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Volume 12, Issue 2

Title:
Migrants’ Inclusion in Rural Communities


Editor(s):
Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir (University of Iceland), Pamela Innes (Wyoming University), and Anna Wojtyńska (University of Iceland)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 June 2023
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 October 2023
Publication of the Issue: April/June 2024

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There has been a growing research interest in recent years in the expanding migration into rural areas (McAreavey & Argent, 2018). These studies have illustrated how migrants have commonly replaced out-migrating local populations and helped maintain necessary services and local economic activities (Hedberg & Haandrikman, 2014). Rural areas are increasingly diverse and heterogenous places with transnational populations. Like urban areas, they are part of the global neoliberal restructuring and their integration into international economy has transformed many local sectors (Rye & O’Reilly, 2021). Different kinds of internal and international migrants, such as those arriving as workers, refugees, and lifestyle migrants inform the heterogeneity of contemporary migrations. Their conditions, opportunities, and right to stay varies.

This thematic issue contributes to the understanding of this complex reality by focusing on how immigrating populations themselves experience processes of inclusion and exclusion in rural localities. It attempts to cover a broad spectrum of issues to reflect the multifaceted character of migration to rural areas. What kinds of issues are people concerned with when moving to or working in often tightly knit, small, rural communities? While many studies have focused on the perspectives of the receiving locations (e.g., services, policies) this thematic issue seeks contributions from the point of view of the in-migrating persons and the lived experiences of incorporation of various groups. Authors are invited to contribute articles that deal with the complex and multifaceted processes of integration and belonging based on diverse research methods and theoretical perspectives: What does integration mean to participants? How are they able to become active agents of change both personally and in local transformations? To what extent do migrating populations see themselves as included and part of local communities? What kinds of challenges do different groups encounter and on what bases are they excluded? What do they need in terms of accessibility to services? These are a few examples of the questions we encourage our authors to explore.

References

Hedberg, C., & Haandrikman, K. (2014). Repopulation of the Swedish countryside: Globalization by international migration. Journal of Rural Studies, 34, 128–138. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.01.005

McAreavey, R., & Argent, N. (2018). New immigration destinations (NID) unravelling the challenges and opportunities for migrants and for host communities. Journal of Rural Studies, 64, 148–152. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2018.09.006

Rye, J. F., & O’Reilly, K. (2020). International labour migration to Europe’s rural regions. Routledge.


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Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here). When submitting their abstracts, authors are also asked to confirm that they are aware that Social Inclusion is an open access journal with a publishing fee if the article is accepted for publication after peer-review (corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee).


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Volume 12, Issue 2

Title:
Accomplices to Social Exclusion? Analyzing Institutional Processes of Silencing


Editor(s):
Ulrike M. Vieten (Queens’ University Belfast) and Emily Mitchell-Bajic (Queens’ University Belfast)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 June 2023
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 October 2023
Publication of the Issue: April/June 2024

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“Silencing” appears in social sciences studies as a far-reaching theoretical and empirical topic of discussion (Bhambra & Shilliam, 2009; Brown, 2008; Jaworski, 1997; Post, 2008). With broad contributions made on how silencing relates to mobilisations of power—or even as a stronghold of power itself—there exist defined conceptual and practicable links between silencing, power, and resultant social exclusion for demographics and individuals who experience silencing. Altiney and Peto (2015) co-edited a special issue on “new directions in feminist thinking on genocide,” mentioning “silence as narration.” The “archaeology of silence” (de Lagasnerie & Louis, 2015) needs more attention in a political-institutional context where institutional racisms might silence visible ethnic minorities, for example, and what it needs to speak out and complain against, as Ahmed (2021) follows up. Those who become bystanders—acting silent—to racist and sexist acts might be complicit in this form of embedded and institutionalized racism and sexism. However, we are less interested here in “silence” than in processes of silencing; understanding who is silenced by whom, when, and how. Silence can be an individual choice (Clark, 2020), but silence as a mass phenomenon, embedded in institutions and regarded as a signifier of taboo or stigma hints at structural power hierarchies in need of unwrapping and exposing. In situ, the myriad angles and case examples with which to approach silencing as it is experienced presents an extensive scope for the renewed address of how silencing is shaped and reshaped by power arcs.

This thematic issue approaches institutional processes of silencing and invites scholars to challenge both how and why institutions house silencing, interrogating processes of silencing as an apparatus of wider power arcs.

Further, we are interested in understanding how silencing is overcome and in what ways temporary silence can be resolved without structural damage in giving a voice and being heard. Does silencing have consequences for institutional actors, and can acts of silencing be recorded?

Paying particular attention to how intersections of social class, gender, and ethnicity receive and shape processes of silencing, this thematic issue seeks to situate intersections of individual demographic identity as ventricles of specific vulnerabilities to the silencing, power, and social exclusion nexus, to uncover institutions as instrumental in this.

Possible, but not limited, angles of inquiries are:

  • Media coverage, and the silencing of non-visible minorities: Does the notion of majority and minority make sense in the context of gender/sex and social class silencing?
  • Memories of war and violence—rules of forgiveness and silencing in-group atrocities: Which groups of victims remain invisible?
  • National lenses and the de-colonial gaze: In what ways does the silencing of the subaltern must be read and interpreted anew again and again against situated historical and national (nation-state) contexts?
  • Queering the text (visual and written): Do form and material matter in the ways space is inhabited and space is given to silenced minorities?
  • Does academia prolong silencing through institutional procedures and the normalisation of white middle-class standards?
  • How does “un-silencing” (Altiney, 2014) work, and which classed, gendered, and racialised actors are pushing the undoing of historical silence?

References

Ahmed, S. (2021). Complaint! Duke University Press.

Altiney, A. G., & A. Petö (2015). Europe and the century of genocide: new directions in the feminist theorizing of genocide. Gendering Genocide, 22(4), 379–385.

Bhambra, G. K., & Shilliam, R. (2009). Silence and human rights. In G. K. Bhambra & R. Shilliam (Eds.), Silencing human rights: Critical engagements with a contested project (pp. 1–16). Palgrave Macmillan.

Brown, W. (1998). Freedom’s silences. In R. C. Post (Ed.), Censorship and silencing: Practices of cultural regulation (pp. 313–327). The Getty Research Institute.

Clark, J. N. (2020). Finding a voice: Silence and its significance for transitional justice. Social & Legal Studies, 29(3), 355–378.

de Lagasnerie, G., & Louis, E. (2015). Manifesto for an intellectual and political counteroffensive. LARB. https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/manifesto-for-an-intellectual-and-political-counter-offensive

Jaworski, A. (1997). Introduction: An overview. In A. Jaworski (Ed.), Silence: Interdisciplinary perspectives (pp. 6–13). De Gruyter.

Post, R. C. (1998). Censorship and silencing. in R. C. Post (Ed.), Censorship and silencing: Practices of cultural regulation (pp. 1–16). The Getty Research Institute.


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Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here). When submitting their abstracts, authors are also asked to confirm that they are aware that Social Inclusion is an open access journal with a publishing fee if the article is accepted for publication after peer-review (corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee).


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Volume 12, Issue 2

Title:
The Global Disappearance of “Decent Work”? “Precarity,” Exploitation, and Work-Based Harms in the Neoliberal Era


Editor(s):
Adam Formby (University of Lincoln), Mustapha Sheik (University of Leeds), and Bob Jeffrey (Sheffield Hallam) as part of the (In)Justice International Collective

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 June 2023
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 October 2023
Publication of the Issue: April/June 2024

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This issue is asking for papers that examine the nature of “global precarity” and/or reflect upon the process of the global commodification of labour and its impact on what constitutes “precarity” for workers around the world: low-wages, insecure contracts, absence of training and progression, lack of status and exposure to a range of “work-based harms.” As global labour commodification has been accelerated and neoliberal employment policy has stripped away legislative and regulatory protections, a range of demographics have been rendered increasingly insecure, “precarious,” and disposable. This ranges from migrants and ethnic minorities, where varying citizenship statuses and structural racism may relegate them to the fringes of the labour market, to young people, who may also face ineligibility for support mechanisms, a lack of opportunities and increasingly fractured and fragmented transitions into work.

Moreover, a lack of appropriate social policy responses to contemporary global challenges to the global financial crisis of 2008 onwards, Covid-19 and post-pandemic inflationary pressures exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine, ongoing neo-colonialism, and climate change means that a variety of groups have faced increasingly uncertain futures.

We acknowledge that there is nothing new about “precarity”; the so-called “standard employment contract” that accompanied the shift to social democracy only existed for a few brief decades in the Global North in the aftermath of the Second World War, and even then, women and migrants were largely excluded. Nevertheless, the diffusion of neoliberal politics centred on deregulation, privatisation, and “responsibilisation” has, to a significant degree, unpicked the security that existed for some workers in the Global North while leading (in combination with neo-colonialism) to greater informalisation, hyper exploitation, and outward migration in the Global South. Younger, ethnic minority, migrant, and working-class people are disproportionately exposed to such processes, relegated to “gig work” or “bogus self-employment,” zero-hour and fixed-term contracts, insecure agency work or “off the books” employment within the illegal economy.

This call for papers is asking for global studies of the lived experience of precarity (linked to labour markets), with a particular focus on youth, ethnicity and migration status, gender and sexuality, disability, and class. Such analyses will be connected to questions of political economy (globalisation and “neoliberal statecraft”), the presence or absence of welfare systems that support people out of and into work, the vitality (or otherwise) of labour movements that are capable of organising, supporting, and defending workers, the role of technology in facilitating or inhibiting different forms of work, and the significance of culture and ideology in reproducing various workplace regimes.

We also encourage authors whose first language is not English to send in a copy of their manuscript in their Native language, to be made available through the (In)Justice International website. These manuscripts will form an informal companion to the official issue published by Social Inclusion: They will not undergo peer-review and are exempt from the journal’s article processing fee but will not be included in the published volume. For more information, please contact Simon Prideaux ([email protected]).


Instructions for Authors:
This thematic issue is the result of Social Inclusion’s partnership with research network (In)Justice International, who is also available to cover open access publication costs on a case-by-case basis. To know if you are eligible to have the APC covered by the network, please contact Simon Prideaux ([email protected]) directly. Corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee. Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here).


Open Access:
The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio's Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. For this thematic issue, (In)Justice International will also be available to cover open access publication costs on a case-by-case basis. To know if you are eligible to have the APC covered by the network, please contact Simon Prideaux ([email protected]) directly. Further information about the journal's open access charges and institutional members can be found here.

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Volume 12, Issue 4

Title:
War, Economic Strife, Climate Change: Understanding Intersectional Threats to Inclusion and Security


Editor(s):
Mustapha Sheikh (University of Leeds), Roland Zarzycki (Collegium Civitas, Warsaw), Leah Burch (Liverpool Hope University), and Simon Prideaux ((In)Justice International) as part of the (In)Justice International Collective

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 December 2023
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 April 2024
Publication of the Issue: October/December 2024

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War, climate change, and economic instability pose unpredictable security threats in today’s world. Are, for example, societies safe, and if they are, safe for whom? This thematic issue will examine the sometimes-horrific difficulties and problems that minorities and others with marginal positions in societies and mainstream cultures have had to face and try to overcome.

We ask for papers that attempt to address increased insecurity and those issues that affect people in marginal positions due to their Indigenous backgrounds, ethnicity, age, gender, and sexuality, disability and illness, socio-economic position and class. We also want papers to inquire or examine if these insecure individuals are left to struggle by themselves and why. Are they excluded from existing security networks—or are there any networks at all? How do these global, dangerous developments affect their sense of safety, trust in society, and abilities to use welfare services? And how are their needs met?

To broaden the scope of our investigations, we call for papers not just from scholars, but NGOs, barristers, and practitioners in the fields of sociology and social policy, anthropology, geography, critical economics, political sciences, criminology, gender studies, youth studies, and disability studies. Papers from people who have “lived” experience of this desperation or have reported upon are also welcome.

Topics of interest to this thematic issue include (but are not limited to) why some of people feel the need to seek refuge elsewhere, what happened on their route to “safe” sanctuaries, and how they were treated/received at their final or intermediate destinations. Proposals relating to the traumatic events of any group of fleeing refugees are encouraged, and we especially welcome those focused on movement from and within the Global South.

Case studies that look at Indigenous people, ethnic minorities, disabled people, the young, and issues relating to gender and sexuality in a discriminatory, “ableist,” and heteronormative time of war will all be welcome additions to this thematic issue.

Economic strife, on the other hand, is relevant in that war can either cause or exacerbate divisive economic forces impacting upon these aforementioned individuals.

We also encourage authors whose first language is not English to send in a copy of their manuscript in their Native language, to be made available through the (In)Justice International website. These manuscripts will form an informal companion to the official issue published by Social Inclusion: They will not undergo peer-review and are exempt from the journal’s article processing fee but will not be included in the published volume. For more information, please contact Simon Prideaux ([email protected]).


Instructions for Authors:
This thematic issue is the result of Social Inclusion’s partnership with research network (In)Justice International, who is also available to cover open access publication costs on a case-by-case basis. To know if you are eligible to have the APC covered by the network, please contact Simon Prideaux ([email protected]) directly. Corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee. Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here).


Open Access:
The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio's Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. For this thematic issue, (In)Justice International will also be available to cover open access publication costs on a case-by-case basis. To know if you are eligible to have the APC covered by the network, please contact Simon Prideaux ([email protected]) directly. Further information about the journal's open access charges and institutional members can be found here.