CALL FOR PAPERS: Space, Place, and Childhood in Canada

The Canadian Sociological Association’s Children, Childhood and Youth Research Cluster invites contributions to a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Sociology. The issue will specifically examine the role and sociological impact of both space and place in relation to childhood and youth in Canada. The editors are particularly interested in obtaining original submissions that draw upon empirical research in Canada.
Both junior and senior academics interesting in contributing to this special issue are invited to prepare a title and extended abstract of their proposed paper. Such abstracts should be no longer than 500 words, and be submitted by January 31, 2018. The editors will review these abstracts and the authors of those proposals that best fit with the theme will be asked to develop and submit a full paper. Selected authors will be contacted by February 28th, with full papers expected by July 31, 2018. Full papers will then undergo a review process that involves both anonymous reviewers and assessment by the co-editors.
Please send proposals by the end of February, 2018 to Michael Adorjan, University of Calgary: madorjan@ucalgary.ca.
Sociological examination of childhood and youth is a relatively new field of scholarship. Over the last two decades or so there has emerged widespread interest in this topic, especially in the United Kingdom, Finland and Australia. We saw the establishment of the International Sociological Association’s Sociology of Childhood group in the late 1980s. In the US, the American Sociological Association section on the Sociology of Children and Youth was also established at that time. Sustained interest from Canadian scholars has been much more recent, witnessed by the growth in undergraduate and graduate courses centered on childhood and youth (albeit often in interdisciplinary programs), as well as the expansion of the recently established research cluster of the Canadian Sociological Association.
Empirically and theoretically geared questions have emerged, suggesting there remains a lacuna regarding sociological study of and with children and youth in Canada. This special issue will examine various theoretical perspectives on the intersections of place and space in relation to childhood and youth. What role do spatial, temporal and discursive boundaries play in the social construction, regulation and management of children and youth? How are geographic and temporal settings and boundaries envisioned by those (ostensibly) in power, and by children and youth themselves? How do children and youth navigate and shape the spaces and places they traverse and occupy, from institutions and borders to neighbourhoods, cyberspace, and beyond? What does place and space mean for Indigenous children and youth, and racialized children and youth? What are the most appropriate methodologies for research with children and youth to examine these kinds of questions around space and place? These questions are meant to offer general parameters but are not proscriptive.