Special Issue "Race, Place and Justice"

A special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 16 August 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. John Wainwright
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Guest Editor
School of Social Work, Care and Community, University of Central 1, Preston PR1 2HE, UK
Interests: the intersection between ethnicity, racism and social work practice; race, ethnicity and racism and youth justice; children and young people in care; adoption and mental health
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Prof. Dr. Mick McKeown
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Guest Editor
School of Nursing, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
Interests: service user and carer involvement; mental health advocacy; psychosocial interventions for people with serious mental health problems; secure mental health services; the social construction of difference; mad studies and mental health social movements; qualitative and participatory methods, Q methodology
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Dr. Kim McGuire
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Guest Editor
School of Justice, Faculty of Business and Justice, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE, UK
Interests: law in action and phenomenology; effect of the law for inclusion and exclusion; 'hate crime' and human rights

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will publish selected papers from the Race, Place and Justice Online Conference which will take place on Wednesday 16 March 2022. Candidate papers for the Special Issue will be selected by either the conference chairs who will be the Guest Editors of the Special Issue. We welcome contributions across a wide range of disciplines, engaging with the concepts of race, place and space through widely divergent methods and analysis. The aim is to produce analysis on a current real-world issue via cutting-edge academic and practitioner viewpoints.

(1) Accepted papers of a maximum of 10000 words will be considered for a Special Issue of Genealogy to be published within 6 months of the conference, no later than 16 August 2022.

All relevant topics will be considered for presentation at the conference and subsequent publication in Genealogy.  

Themes:  through the lens of rac(ism) intersectioned with other social divisions, including:

Social class;


Disability; and

Place and space.

The conference and the subsequent Special Issue represent an opportunity to contribute to debates concerning rac(ism), identity, diversity, community cohesion, conflict, and justice. This opportunity is of interest to those exploring race and its connections with place and multidimensional identities in a transdisciplinary context—for instance, community studies, politics, law, hate crime, criminal justice sociology, and mental health.

The event will bring together the ideas and perspectives of leading academics, policymakers, practitioners, and community workers, offering a cutting-edge interdisciplinary approach to the key debates.

Other key focuses for the conference and Special Issue include:

- Strong links between practice, theory, and policy;

- Up-to-date analysis of contemporary policy issues;

- Reflections on key themes, and case studies that illustrate the relevance of research to real life.

This conference will build on previous studies that focus on the intersectional experiences of race, place, and justice, including that of Wainwright, McKeown and Kinney (2020) who discussed the importance of acknowledging place and space in the experiences of Black Mental Health service users. McGuire’s (2019) study on Brexit and xenophobia in the media provides a context for exploring rac(ism) and space, whilst the work of Wilson and McGuire (2021) focuses on the stigma that working class mothers experience and how they are judged negatively by teachers and the school system because of their marginalized and (sometimes) multiple social identities. Studies on ‘honour’ abuse (Khan, 2018; Begum et al., 2020; Lowe et al., 2021) discuss the intersectional identities of South Asian Women that experience domestic abuse, whilst Williams and Clarke (2020) discuss the criminalization of Black young men and the collective punishment that they experience by being labelled as members of gangs in the criminal justice system in England and Wales. Further, the discriminatory experiences of migrants through the denial of access to (mental) health treatment by the UK government continuing to pursue a policy of Hostile Environment amidst the pandemic is discussed by McKeown (2020). These studies provide examples of the broad range of ideas and papers that explore race, place, and justice within an intersectional frame that have direct relevance to submission at the conference and publication in the subsequent Special Issue. Studies or discussion papers that build on these, or similar themes are welcome.

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400–600 words summarizing their intended contribution. These can be sent to the Genealogy Editorial Office ([email protected]). Abstracts will be reviewed by the Guest Editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the conference and Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer-review.


Begum, Reema, Khan, Roxanne , Brewer, Gayle  and Hall, Beth (2020) “They Will Keep Seeing Young Women Murdered by Men. Enough Is Enough-We Have Seen too Many Women Lose Their Lives”. Lessons for Professionals Working with Victims of ‘Honour’ Abuse and Violence. Genealogy, 4 (3)

Khan, Roxanne  (2018) Introduction to the special issue on honour-based abuse, violence and killings. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 10 (4). pp. 237-238

Lowe, Michelle, Khan, Roxanne , Thanzami, Vanlal, Barzy, Mahsa and Karmaliani, Rozina (2021) Antigay “Honor” Abuse: A Multinational Attitudinal Study of Collectivist-Versus Individualist-Orientated Populations in Asia and England. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36 (15-16). pp. 7866-7885

Mcguire, Kim  (2019) Engaging with the Media in a Pre and Post Brexit World: Racism, Xenophobia and Regulation: A United Kingdom Perspective. Journal of Hate Studies, 15 (1). pp. 255-273.

Mckeown, Michael  (2021) Migrant health charges: a scandal amidst the crisis [Editorial]. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 28 (2). pp. 118-120.

Williams, Patrick., Clarke, Becky,  (2020). (Re)producing Guilt in Suspect Communities: The Centrality of Racialisation in Joint Enterprise Prosecutions. International Journal For Crime, Justice and Social Democracy. 9(3), pp.116-129.

Wilson, Suzanne  and Mcguire, Kim  (2021) ‘They’d already made their minds up’: understanding the impact of stigma on parental engagement. British Journal of Sociology of Education . ISSN 0142-5692

Wainwright, John Peter , Mckeown, Michael  and Kinney, Malcolm (2019) ‘In these streets’: The saliency of place in an alternative black mental health resource centre. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, 13 (1). pp. 31-44.

Dr. John Wainwright
Prof. Dr. Mick McKeown
Dr. Kim McGuire
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Genealogy is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • rac(ism)
  • class
  • gender
  • criminal justice
  • disability
  • place
  • space
  • Black
  • South Asian

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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