Contemporary Social Science call for papers – Political activism across the life-course

August 23, 2016

Papers are invited that explore how citizens participate in society. What leads them to participate, and what are the consequences of their participation? These are important policy and practice relevant questions about political activism, defined as responding to matters of common concern. Many social science disciplines have explored these issues including social psychologists, political scientists, sociologists and social anthropologists.  Central to these explorations is the question of how contemporary politics mark lives and how lives mark contemporary politics. This covers a range of concerns from health to education, environment to poverty, migration to domestic violence, gender identities to political conflict. In particular we welcome studies that examine political activism across the life-course.

A range of research methods are welcomes that include action research, biographical interviews, case study ethnographic research, surveys and visual methods approaches. Well-reasoned, empirically based essays are also welcome.

Manuscripts should follow the usual instructions for electronic submission of papers to Contemporary Social Science. Authors should indicate that they wish the manuscript to be reviewed for inclusion in the special issue. The Editors of this issue would be happy to review plans for papers in advance of their receipt. All papers will be peer reviewed.

The closing date for submitting papers is 1st December 2016.


Corresponding guest editor:

Sevasti-Melissa Nolas, University of Sussex.  [email protected]


Christos Varvantakis, University of Sussex.

Vinnarsan Aruldoss, University of Sussex.

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