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Call for papers: Global Social Change



We are seeking proposals for chapters for possible inclusion in the forthcoming 'The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Change- Major Reference Work' under consideration with Palgrave Macmillan (United Kingdom). Palgrave Handbooks are intended to offer authoritative and up-to-date surveys of original research in a particular subject area, with essays giving critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates, as well as a foundation for future research. We are currently developing this project with MRW team at Palgrave macmillan and we intend to include a maximum of 15 entries in each sections outlined below. Upon finalization of the project with Palgrave macmillan, Chapters submitted and successfully completing peer review process will be published online first on Springer Nature's online publication webpage SpringerLink At that stage the article is DOI citable. The print publication of the volume you contribute to will be finalized once the last chapter of the volume has been reviewed and gone through the production workflow.

If you are interested in contributing please get in touch with us  ( at the earliest to make sure that nobody else propose an entry on the topic you intend to write. Please also make sure you include a proposed title, abstract (no more than 400 words), name, and affiliation along with your enquiry. We start accepting abstract in mid June and will stop once intended number (@15) of abstracts recived and accepted for each section. The final cutoff for abstract submission in this call is 25th August 2020 and we expect the first round of accepted abstract authors to submit their Chapters for review by 30 March 2021. The Handbook will include contributions approaching social change at different levels of society (whether local, regional, national, transnational, or at the macro, meso and micro levels). The Handbook will attempt to identify and define the concept of social change in its own manner and its impact on human development at various national and international scopes. In addition, the Handbook tries to respond to the following four questions:How do we know the change is happening? What are the signs of change?  (i.e., what is the definition and context)?

  1. How do we know this information (i.e., what are the sources of data about these changes)?

  2. How do we see the change impacts on major indicators in the country or region? (what are major economic, social, cultural, health, moral/ethics, political phenomena where the change(s) conceal?) 

  3. How existing policies, programmes and social action should be altered, redefined and modified in order to deal with constantly changing world society (i.e., what are viable solutions for addressing the changes and challenges posed by the social change)?

This Handbook is therefore expected to be a major reference for expert reading. The study of social change is at a turning point, along with the social system itself. This Handbook will capitalize on the emergence of a new paradigm, which considers social change in the 21st century as globally interconnected and mediated by new geopolitical and market logics. This volume will showcase new approaches to social change and development. The Handbook is multidisciplinary in its approach and is organized according to the following themes. (while submitting your proposal please indicate to which section you are proposing an entry). We are also open for the areas not covered in this list but closely related to social change, do not hesitate to express your idea if you think it is interesting to international academics.   Section I Defining and redefining Social Change throughout the globe Section II Community, its Nature and Functions and Social Change Section III Culture and Social Change Section IV Demographic and Population and Social Change Section V Globalization, Neoliberalism and Social Change Section VI Social Change through education Section VII Youth hobbies, movements and leisure Section VIII Employment and Overseas Migration and Social Change Section IX Environmental and Climate Change Section X Social Change through Science and Technological advancement Section XI Social Change through Activism and Social Movements Section XII Social Change through political reforms Section XIII Welfare Statues: Nature and functions and Social Change Section XIV Development and Social Change Section XV Social Media and Social Change Section XVI Media and communication – Social Change Section XVII Social Change and Morality/Ethics Section XVIII Economic aspects of Social Change Section XIX Aging and Social Change Section XX Social Change and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The themes mentioned here are indicative only and will change in response to submissions. If you are willing to contribute a chapter beyond this themes but related to 'Social Change' then please get in touch with editorial team. We will be happy to discuss any exciting new research/ empirical or evidence based research findings.   Please note the following unique features of this handbook while preparing your entry for the submission-

  1. The Handbook contains tertiary content: digested and accepted knowledge, reflexive pieces on the approaches, findings, evolutions and trends in a particular research field. It provides an up-to-date survey of the state of the discipline including chapters on the most important concepts, empirical research and emerging and cutting edge areas.

  2. Chapters are commissioned especially for the purposes of the handbook, innovative and NEW (i.e. a handbook shouldn’t contain previously published material).

  3. Not introductory – chapters should assume a certain level of knowledge of a particular subject area. Aimed at post‐graduate level and upwards although undergraduates may also find a useful reference tool.

  4. Comprehensive –the final chapter should ideally be between 5,000 and 10,000 words.

Please send abstracts of 300–400 words, and a biography of each author of 50–80 words, to Dr Rajendra Baikady at  by 25th August 2020. Please give the subject header as ‘Palgrave Handbook of Social Change Proposal’. Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than 30 September 2020. Please note this is a major reference work and accepted chapters will be first published online and these chapters are fully citable using DOI. We will be flexible in full chapter submission dedline as this projct will rune until the end of 2021.  However we expect   the first round of accepted abstract authors to submit their Chapters for review by 30 March 2021.

Qualifications: We recommend that academic authors have, be supervised by, or in pursuit of their PhD, whereas non-academic professionals should have at least 3 years of experience in the field. Contact Info:  Rajendra Baikady, PhD. Golda Meir Post-Doctoral Fellow, Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel & Senior Research Associate, Department of Social Work, School of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


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