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Emerging Trends and Dimensions of Child Trafficking
edited by and Arun Kumar Acharya
submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 821 | Submission Open
Keywords: child trafficking; child labor; exploitation; sex trafficking; vulnerable children
(This special issue belongs to the Section Childhood and Youth Studies)
Childhood and Rights in a Global World
edited by Ana Castro Zubizarreta and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5404 | Submission Open
Keywords: childhood; children's rights; educational innovation; participation; global citizenship
(This special issue belongs to the Section Childhood and Youth Studies)
Gender Differences and Inequalities in Social and Health Sciences Research
edited by Anália Maria Cardoso Torres, Paula Campos Pinto and Diana Maciel
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1479 | Submission Open
Keywords: gender; gender bias; health sciences; medical research; gender; health and migration; health inequalities; gender and social inequalities; gender differences; health inequities; health and intersectionality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gender Studies)
Connecting Older Adults to the Digital World submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 601 | Submission Open
Keywords: digital inclusion; older adults; healthy ageing; emerging technologies; age-friendly marketplaces; ageing in place
(This special issue belongs to the Section Community and Urban Sociology)
Exploring Social Work Interventions in Health, Education, and Social Care to Promote Community and Individual Wellbeing
edited by Joanna Fox, Debbie Amas and Petra Videmšek
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 286 | Submission Open
Keywords: community wellbeing; individual wellbeing; child safeguarding; adult safeguarding; international social work; multi-disciplinary interventions; diversity and inclusion; social justice and empowerment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Community and Urban Sociology)
Catalyzing Change: Social Love, Emotions and Transformations of Social Relationships
edited by Gennaro Iorio, Vincenzo Auriemma and
submission deadline 1 Aug 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 7514 | Submission Open
Keywords: emotion; social love; political emotion; empathy; solidarity; social inclusion
Contemporary Local Governance, Wellbeing and Sustainability submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 23001 | Submission Open
Keywords: local governance; wellbeing; sustainability; public administration; public sector; private sector; organizational behavior; best municipalities to live in; local management; local government
(This special issue belongs to the Section Contemporary Politics and Society)
Democracy, Politics and Innovation, and Social Integration in the Contemporary World
edited by David F. J. Campbell
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 7675 | Submission Open
Keywords: cohesion; global challenges; governance of knowledge and innovation; innovation democracy; interdisciplinarity; knowledge democracy; quality of democracy; radicality; sustainable development; transdisciplinarity; transformation; transition
(This special issue belongs to the Section Contemporary Politics and Society)
School-to-Work Transition of At-Risk Youth during Crisis and Distress submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4811 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Social Stratification and Inequality)
Social Conflict, Migration and Forced Labour: Contemporary and Emerging Issues
edited by Craig Paterson
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 258 | Submission Open
Keywords: conflict; displacement; forced labour; migration; climate change; trafficking; human rights
(This special issue belongs to the Section Work, Employment and the Labor Market)
Intimate Partner Violence, Ethnicity, and Migration within the Black Population
edited by
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 214 | Submission Open
Keywords: intimate partner violence; domestic violence; measures of violence; black immigrants; health disparities; black diaspora; socioeconomic status; inequity; ethnicity; culture
(This special issue belongs to the Section International Migration)
Social Care, Older People and Imprisonment
edited by Helen Codd, Warren Stewart and Shiobhan Rogers
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 200 | Submission Open
Keywords: older people; prison; health needs; social care
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crime and Justice)
Sport, Gender and Stereotypes submission deadline 1 Sep 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4108 | Submission Open
Keywords: sport; gender; history; intersectionality; social constructivism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gender Studies)
Policies and Practice to Support Students with Disabilities
edited by Aud Elisabeth Witsø, Odd Morten Mjøen, Gemma Goodall, Eli Langørgen, Sissel Horghagen and
submission deadline 1 Sep 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3236 | Submission Open
Keywords: students with disabilities; higher education; adaptation; accommodation; inclusion
Community-Engaged Research for Environmental Justice submission deadline 1 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 810 | Submission Open
Keywords: community-engaged research; participatory research; citizen science; community science; environmental justice; environmental racism; climate justice; decolonization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Community and Urban Sociology)
Modern Day Social Work Education, Training and Practices
edited by Serge C. Lee
submission deadline 1 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 377 | Submission Open
Keywords: social services; human services; evidence-based and best practice; social work education curriculum model; social work knowledge; skills; and value; strengths and empowerment approach; modern day social work; vulnerable populations
Emotional Labor, Stress, and Well-Being: Components of the Sustainability and Dignity of Work
edited by Sônia Maria Guedes Gondim, Mary Sandra Carlotto and
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 11906 | Submission Open
Keywords: emotional labor; workplace stress; well-being at work; decent work; psychology of work; research methods; sustainable development
(This special issue belongs to the Section Work, Employment and the Labor Market)
Teaching and Learning in Refugee/(Im)Migrant Communities Around the World
edited by Jill Koyama
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 7763 | Submission Open
Keywords: refugees; immigrants; education; community; critical refugee studies
(This special issue belongs to the Section International Migration)
Migration, Labour and Health: Unravelling the Links between Labour Exploitation and Health Disparities of Migrant Workers
edited by , Michael Gusmano and Janet McLaughlin
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 5325 | Submission Open
Keywords: migration; social determinants of health; health policy; labour migration; health care
Promoting Health Equity: An Intersectional Analysis of Social Determinants, Coping Mechanisms, and Well-Being among Immigrant Women
edited by Venera Bekteshi
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2555 | Submission Open
Keywords: health equity; social determinants; coping mechanisms; intersectionality and global perspective; identifying solutions; immigrant women
(This special issue belongs to the Section International Migration)
Contemporary Digital Journalism: Issues and Challenges
edited by Dolors Palau-Sampio and Pilar Sánchez-García
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2472 | Submission Open
Keywords: digital journalism; professional skills; AI; ethics; innovation; funding & business models; quality journalism; audiences
Disasters, Social Movements, Policy Responses and Sociocultural Evolution
edited by Christopher K. Chase-Dunn
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2188 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Contemporary Politics and Society)
Researching Youth on the Move: Methods, Ethics and Emotions
edited by Carles Feixa and Nele Hansen
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 597 | Submission Open
Keywords: youth; youth cultures; participatory research; methodology; techniques; ethnography; meta-ethnography; life stories; ethics; emotions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Childhood and Youth Studies)
Informal Care in the Digital Space
edited by Laura Wiesböck
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 572 | Submission Open
Keywords: digitalization; digital technology; digital platforms; social media; informal care; care networks; online communities
Improving Integration of Formal Education and Work-Based Learning
edited by Christian Harteis and Inge Timoštšuk
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 446 | Submission Open
Keywords: workplace learning; experiential learning; formal education; acknowledgement of learning; learning ecology; subject integration; individual learning paths
Digital Intervention for Advancing Social Work and Welfare Education
edited by Erica Russ and Elizabeth C Reimer
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 233 | Submission Open
Keywords: social work education; field education; field practicum; social work practice; social work skills; simulation-based learning; virtual education; online education; technology-based social work interventions; social work digital intervention
(This special issue belongs to the Section Social Policy and Welfare)
The Contested Terrain of Sport: Sociological, Political and Policy Perspectives
edited by Steve Jackson and Mike Sam
submission deadline 1 Oct 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 9409 | Submission Open
Keywords: contested terrain; sociology of sport; sport policy; new and alternative sports; sport integrity; indigenous sport; trans athletes and sport policy; sporting identities; sport mega-events; sports activism; sport; diplomacy and foreign policy; sports gambling and matchfixing; sport media; sport; the environment and sustainability; sport and wellbeing
Achieving Sustainability through Educational Advances: Deep Dives into Social, Economic, and Environmental Perspectives
edited by , Nuria Molina García and
submission deadline 1 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2494 | Submission Open
Keywords: education; sustainable development; social dimension; economic dimension; environmental dimension; educational specialties; specific curriculum; specialized practices; pedagogy; teaching
Fathers, Abuse, and Wellbeing in the Context of Family Breakdown: A Multidisciplinary Exploration
edited by Ben Hine
submission deadline 10 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 659 | Submission Open
Keywords: fatherhood; abuse; parental alienation; wellbeing; mental health; child contact
(This special issue belongs to the Section Family Studies)
Promising Practices in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
edited by Michelle Inderbitzin and Anne M. Nurse
submission deadline 25 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 369 | Submission Open
Keywords: juvenile justice; juvenile delinquency; delinquency prevention; best practices; at-risk youth; youth crime; juvenile court; youth corrections
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crime and Justice)
Revisiting Disability Rights in the Current Context of U.S. Criminal Justice Reform Efforts submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 7830 | Submission Open
Keywords: U.S. criminal justice; criminal justice reform; civil rights; Americans with Disabilities Act; disability policy; intellectual/developmental disabilities; disability; death penalty
(This special issue belongs to the Section Contemporary Politics and Society)
Advanced Approaches to Prevent and Intervene with Victims and Offenders of Gender-Based and Domestic Violence
edited by and Anita Santos
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3093 | Submission Open
Keywords: gender-based violence; domestic violence; victims; offenders; prevention; intervention
(This special issue belongs to the Section Family Studies)
Mindfulness in Social Work: Special Issue Exploring Current Application and Potential in Social Work Practice and Education
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2029 | Submission Open
Keywords: mindfulness and critical mindfulness; social work practice; social work education; social work research; self-care in social work; anti-oppressive practice; mindfulness for social change
Critical Suicide Studies: Decolonial and Participatory Creative Approaches
edited by
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2022 | Submission Open
Keywords: critical suicide studies; decolonizing suicidology; sociocultural perspectives; First Nations knowledge; majority-world expertise; creative methods; participatory research; lived experience of suicide; suicide justice
(This special issue belongs to the Section Community and Urban Sociology)
Inclusion and Exclusion: New Trends in Conditional Welfare and Activation Trajectories
edited by Katarina Giritli Nygren and Sara Nyhlén
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 698 | Submission Open
Keywords: work fare; hard to employ groups; activation; conditional welfare; inclusion; exclusion
Parental Participation in Child Protection
edited by Andy Bilson and
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 547 | Submission Open
Keywords: child protection; parent participation; parent advocacy; child welfare; co-production
(This special issue belongs to the Section Childhood and Youth Studies)
Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education
edited by
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 535 | Submission Open
Keywords: mesosystem; family involvement in ECE; relationships with parents; ECE and families; parent/EC teacher relationships; parent/EC educator relationships; families in ECE
(This special issue belongs to the Section Family Studies)
Striving toward Social Justice: Promoting Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education through Pedagogical Partnership
edited by Alison Cook-Sather
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 336 | Submission Open
Keywords: student voice; equity and justice in higher education; social inclusion; student– faculty pedagogical partnership
(This special issue belongs to the Section Social Stratification and Inequality)
Critical Connections: An Intersectional Frame on Disability and Child Protection
edited by Elspeth Slayter, Susan Flynn, Lisa Johnson and
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 328 | Submission Open
Keywords: disability communities; child welfare; child protection; family policing settings
(This special issue belongs to the Section Childhood and Youth Studies)
Victimization and Repeated Victimization Experience among Adolescents and Young Adults
edited by Shelly A. McGrath
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 212 | Submission Open
Keywords: victimization; violence; youth victimization; repeat victimization; serial victimization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Childhood and Youth Studies)
Equity Interventions to Promote the Sexual Health of Young Adults submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 182 | Submission Open
Keywords: youth; diversity; sexual health; equity; policies
Trauma and Mental Health among Women in the Criminal Legal System: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions
edited by Marie Karlsson and Melissa J. Zielinski
submission deadline 1 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 208 | Submission Open
Keywords: trauma sequelae; traumatic stress; interpersonal violence; sexual victimization; incarcerated women; evidence-based treatment; evidence-based practice; mental health; prison; jail; reentry; court; criminal legal system; women; implementation; intervention
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crime and Justice)
Understanding Marriage in the Twenty-First Century
edited by Chris Wienke
submission deadline 15 Nov 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1083 | Submission Open
Keywords: marriage; remarriage; same-sex marriage; marital relations; marital status; attitudes toward marriage; social institutions; deinstitutionalization; social norms; social change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Family Studies)
Toward a Critical Sociology of Gender Violence submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 7062 | Submission Open
Keywords: gender violence; social activism; critical sociology; critical theory; participatory action research
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gender Studies)
Social Inclusion of Children, Youth and Families from Refugee and Migrant Backgrounds
edited by and Alina Esteves
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3128 | Submission Open
Keywords: social inclusion; migrants; refugees; children; youth
(This special issue belongs to the Section International Migration)
Alternative Approaches for and with Women in the Criminal Justice System
edited by Tirion Havard
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 248 | Submission Open
Keywords: women; criminal justice system; interventions; support
LGBTQ+ Health & Well-Being
edited by Jen Marchbank and
submission deadline 1 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 779 | Submission Open
Keywords: LGBTQI+; health; well-being; belonging; community; support; deficits
Promoting the Digital Resilience of Youth
edited by Pamela Wisniewski and
submission deadline 15 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 18 | Submission Open
Keywords: digital youth; adolescent online safety; digital well-being; digital resilience; social media and youth; youth-centered AI
(This special issue belongs to the Section Childhood and Youth Studies)
Impact of Social Media on Health and Well-Being
edited by Lauren Walker and Robert Portman
submission deadline 18 Dec 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 824 | Submission Open
Keywords: social media; health; well-being; health decision making; social identity; health outcomes; social media interventions; online communities
Conducive Contexts and Vulnerabilities to Domestic Abuse
edited by Emmaleena Käkelä
submission deadline 20 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 184 | Submission Open
Keywords: domestic abuse; gender-based violence; intersectionality; conducive context; COVID-19 pandemic
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