Special Issue "New Trends in Community-Engaged Research: Co-producing Knowledge for Justice"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Community and Urban Sociology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Steven McKay
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Guest Editor
Sociology Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
Interests: labor and labor markets; political sociology; globalization and social change; migration and racial formation; Southeast Asia
Dr. Claudia Lopez
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Guest Editor
Department of Sociology, California State University, Long Beach, CA 90815, USA
Interests: global migration; displacement; citizenship; gender; race; class; critical urban studies; collective memory; social movements; Latin America

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is an exciting resurgence in critical public scholarship: a push for universities to reach beyond their academic audiences and build stronger partnerships with community-based organizations and others to address pressing social issues (Burawoy 2006, Hartmann 2017). A particularly rich vein of engaged scholarship is the involvement of students and community partners as equal knowledge producers. The special issue brings together university scholars, community-based practitioners and researchers, and undergraduate and graduate students to highlight new trends in community-based research. The articles center community-engaged work on justice-related issues such as: immigrant rights, housing, labor, education, and schools - magnifying the multiple assets and collective power that diverse scholars and community-based practitioners bring to collective approaches, particularly in growing urban spaces. The special issue will be split into two sections: articles about the *process* of conducting community-engaged scholarship – it's theory, methods, epistemology, ethics; and articles drawing *from* community engaged research projects. 

Dr. Steven McKay
Dr. Claudia Lopez
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • community-based research
  • critical public scholarship
  • urban
  • policy advocacy
  • community organizing
  • participatory action research

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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