Sociological Studies of Children and Youth (an annual volume published by Emerald Publishing) announces a special issue, “Youth Engagement: The Civic-Political Lives of Children and Youth.” Guest editors Sandi Kawecka Nenga and Jessica K. Taft invite the submission of completed papers focused on children and youth’s civic and political engagement, broadly conceived.
Possible questions and theoretical concerns might include: How are youth actively participating in civic and political socialization projects? How do young people and the adults who work with them define terms like citizenship, democracy and community? How do youth react to adults’ understanding of what it means to be a “citizen” or “community member”? What institutions and structures facilitate or hinder youth participation and engagement? How do youth respond and relate to the various institutions and organizations designed to encourage their engagement? How do the dynamics of race, class, gender and ability shape young people’s opportunities for and approaches to engagement?
Submission deadline is January 20, 2012. Submit papers electronically (less than 30 manuscript pages in length) to Sandi Nenga at firstname.lastname@example.org, or in hardcopy to Sandi Nenga, SU Box 7421, Southwestern University, 1001 E. University Avenue, Georgetown, TX 78626. Contributions will be peer-reviewed. Anticipated publication date is spring 2013.
Section on Children and Youth