Call for Book Chapters
Promoting the Participation of Children and Youth across the Globe: From Social Exclusion to Child-Inclusive Policies
Tali Gal, School of Criminology, University of Haifa
Benedetta Faedi Duramy, Golden Gate University School of Law
The 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has inspired advocates and policy makers across the globe, injecting children’s rights terminology into various public and private arenas. Children’s right to participate in decision-making processes affecting their lives is the acme of the Convention and its central contribution to the children’s rights discourse. At the same time the participation right presents enormous challenges in its implementation. Laws, regulations and mechanisms addressing children’s right to participate in decision-making processes affecting their lives have been established in many jurisdictions across the globe. Yet these world-wide developments have only rarely been accompanied with empirical investigations. The effectiveness of various policies in achieving meaningful participation for children of various ages, cultures and circumstances have remained largely unproven empirically. With the growing awareness of the importance of evidence-based policies it becomes clear that without empirical investigations on the implementation of children’s right to participation it is difficult to promote their inclusion in decision making.
How do children experience various fora of decision-making? To what extent do children feel that they are able to express their views freely and that their viewpoints are given due weight, in accordance with their age and maturity? What kind of representation do they regard as empowering and effective? How important do children consider their ability to influence the outcome of the process? Who do they want to be present in decision making mechanisms? These are some examples of child-centered investigations toward effective child participation that the various chapters of this book aim at describing. Other chapters may consider outcome variables focusing on the opinions of parents, professionals and family members regarding the way decision-making processes include children.
The overall goal of the book is to identify practices that promote child-inclusive decision making processes that allow children of various ages and other characteristics to engage in meaningful dialogue with others toward the achievement of optimal decisions. The book aims to provide a wide range of empirical data collected from various arenas and different localities. Child-participation in schools, child-protection processes, restorative justice mechanisms, family disputes and courts may be discussed in the various chapters through data collected from different countries, cultures and samples, creating a mosaic of child-participation mechanisms and their level of success.
Abstracts due October 31, 2012. More details after the fold.
1. Abstracts / proposals of 500 words should be submitted by 31October 2012. Proposals should clearly reflect the main topics covered in the chapter, chapter structure, and an overview of the relevant sources.
2. Each author of the proposal must provide a biographical sketch of 50-60 words. The sketchshould identify where authors earned their highest degrees, their current affiliations andpositions, current research interests, and an email address.
3. Authors will be informed about acceptance / rejection of their proposals not later than 1February 2013 and sent chapter guidelines.
4. Full chapters should be submitted by 30November 2013.
5. To support contributors in the development of their arguments and to enhance the cohesiveness of the book, a 4-days writing retreat may be held in May/June 2013 in which contributors will present their draft chapters and comment on other chapters.
6. The book is expected to be
published in winter 2014.
Instructions for Authors
1. Manuscripts should be unpublished and not under review by any journal or
publisher, although they may be based on existing data.
2. The length of manuscript should normally be between 7,000 and 10,000 words, excluding references.
3. Each manuscript must contain self-contained abstract (no more than 100-150 words) and 3-5 key words.
4. Manuscripts must be formatted according to the provided template.
5. Manuscripts should be reasonably divided into sections.
6. Images and tables should be numbered consecutively and should be referred to in the main text.
7. Images should be supplied as JPEG with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.
8. References and in-text citations should be prepared according to Chicago Manual of Style.
9. The book will have an international readership, so please avoid the use of terms that might be meaningful only to a local or national audience, or provide a clear explanation where this is unavoidable.
31 October 2012: Proposal Submission Deadline
1 February 2013: Notification of Acceptance
May/June (dates will be provided
after Notification of Acceptance): 4-days Writing Retreat
30November 2013: Full Chapter Submission
Assistant Professor Dr. Tali Gal, School of Criminology, University of Haifa. Email: email@example.com
Associate ProfessorDr. Benedetta Faedi Duramy, Golden Gate University School of Law. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.