Transnational Social Review: A Social Work Journal Call for Papers

Youth and Mobility

Transnational Social Review

Guest editors Anastasia Christou and Andreas Herz invite you to submit proposal abstracts on the focus topic “Youth and Mobility” of Transnational Social Review – A Social Work Journal (TSR).

Research Interest

Cross-border geographical mobility in young adulthood is often seen as a process which opens up new perspectives and allows for alternative modes of social positioning and identification, and of development and relating to others. While the definition of ‘youth’ and the parameters of ‘mobility’ continue to be fluid and often contested, as a component of social justice and public policy, the focus on young mobiles in relation to education, training, housing, health and employment are of particular interest in understanding how today’s youth are shaping their futures and the new societies in which they are residing whilst others are not mobile. In this sense, mobility – understood as movement in geographical space – is not independent of social status and social mobility.

Reasons for being mobile during youth can be manifold and commonly include: studying, doing voluntary work abroad, vocational training, employment and entrepreneurial activities, to name a few examples.  Specifically, within the context of social, political and economic crises challenging and shaping European societies, the region has recently experienced one of the most significant influxes of migrants and refugees in its history.  As a broad generalization, many of those newly arriving refugees appear to be young people, either accompanied or alone.

In this context, it is difficult to compartmentalize youth mobiles as a general population, especially given the inherent diversity of their ages, genders, race, ethnic and family backgrounds, status, class, socio-economic and regional origin, sexuality, dis/ability, and aspirations. Given the complexity and diversity involved in the discussion of youth mobiles, the specific issues, challenges and policy implications arising from their mobility and processes of settlement in new destinations will undoubtedly vary vastly.

This themed focus topic aims to explore the modalities of ‘Youth’ and ‘Mobility’ in a variety of theoretically driven, empirical, historical, case study, narrative, ethnographic, and transnational research manifestations. The issue also aims to unveil fresh insights into how both concepts are theorized, mediated, exemplified and understood in particular contexts. We invite contributions from a wide variety of inter/disciplinary, international, comparative, single case study, and historical approaches that are based on quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research designs, which are grounded on a range of epistemological and theoretical schools of thought.

The focus topic welcomes multi-dimensionality of the themes related to ‘youth and mobility’. Specifically, we invite contributions to discuss the relevance of “youth and mobility” for social work from a transnational perspective that explore issues of youth mobility through a variety of approaches including: critical, ethnographic, narrative, visual methods, mixed methods, feminist and intersectional approaches that wish to incorporate the prisms of gender, sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, religion, nation, region, generation, disability, among others. We particularly welcome contributions that focus on excluded and marginalized groups.

Thematic Focus

We are interested in topics that include but are not limited to responding to the following questions:

  • What experiences of exclusion shape the understanding of youth mobilities on a local, global
    and/or transnational level?
  • Which young people are (forced to be) mobile and who are not?
  • What contemporary societal experiences contribute to the understanding of gendered and/or
    intersectional youth mobilities?
  • How are transnational youth mobilities shaping and shaped by social networks, cultural realms,
    digital connections, peer dynamics, identities, institutions, voluntary organizations?
  • What kind of developmental and/or educational possibilities and drivers for change can be
    cultivated through migrant youth experiences?
  • How is migrant youth agency, personal responsibility, everyday life ‘away from home’, belonging
    and borders understood and exemplified in different contexts of such mobilities?

This focus topic asks potential contributors to engage with these questions/issues and to explore alternatives.

How to submit

Each proposal abstract should contain no more than 500 words and should address the following: background of the proposed article; content outline; and main discussion points. It should be accompanied by a short bio of no more than 200 words and author contact details including email address.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is August 1, 2017. For those proposals that are accepted, the deadline for submission of full articles is December 15, 2017.

The deadlines for this issue are as follows:

August 1, 2017: Submission of proposal abstracts

August 15, 2017: Notification of selected proposal abstracts/Invitation to write full article

December 15, 2017: Submission of full articles

January – April 2018: Peer review

April – May 2018: Revision of articles, if necessary

June 1, 2018: Final submission of publishable articles

Autumn 2018: Publication

Articles should be up to 7,000 words in length, they should include an abstract of up to 150 words, and up to six keywords, suitable for indexing and online search purposes. The authors are responsible for submitting proof-read and formatted articles. 

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Inquiries and proposals should be sent to both guest editors via email as listed below:

Dr Anastasia Christou, Associate Professor of Sociology, Middlesex University, London, UK.

Dr Andreas Herz, Interim Professorship of Educational Science, University of Marburg, Germany.

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