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Call for Papers

Identity in an Open World Order

Abstract Deadline: 14 June 2020

Ebl Eibelsfeldt, in War Ethology, shows the origin of each conflict is the immobilization and radicalization of the dynamics able to form and consolidate identity. Norbert Elias in The Civilization Process articulates the reasoning from the identification at its maximum concentration (meant as a citizen of the world) to the disidentification in its highest expression (meant as the local citizen). Maximum identification is the way to peace policies and, in the meantime, the radicalization of identity is the main street to high conflict and war.

The goal of this special issue is to deal with the making of identities in the current global scenarios between rigidity driven labels which lead to increasing conflicts and maybe war on one side and, on the other one, flexibility driven cosmopolitan identity leading to an open world: identity shifts from maximum opening to maximum radicalization shaping new forms of the civilizing process significantly facilitating the globalization of the sovereign world order. So we aim to contribute to the analysis of the construction of global and cosmopolitan identity around different interpretations, potential meanings, values, and terms that are crucial for its development able to advance extant debates in the social sciences with a reconceptualization of civilization facilitating also the globalization of the sovereign state order.

Submissions are invited to a special issue of Contemporary Social Science on the multi-dimensional and multi-scalar nature of Identity. We encourage the submissions of original articles, both theoretical and empirical, that investigate and analyze from sociological perspectives the debates around the extent to which globalization, citizenship and world conflict shape conceptions of identity on the following, but not exhaustive, topics:

- Citizenship, globalization and identity

- Development

- Global Human Rights

- Identity and constructions of borders and borderlands between open and closed societies

- Cosmopolitanism and U. Beck’s Cosmopolitan Vision

- Hypercitizenship

Submission Guidelines

Deadline for submission of abstracts to Sarah Petroccia: 14th June 2020

Deadline for submission of papers:  14th August 2020, submitted online via http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rsoc

For full instructions on submitting to the journal please see the Instructions for Authors page at https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=rsoc21

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.

Corresponding editor:

Sara Petroccia: [email protected]

Guest Editors

Sara Petroccia (Gabriele d’Annunzio University, Italy)

Andrea Pitasi (Gabriele d’Annunzio University, Italy)

Andrè Folloni (PUCPR University, Brazil)


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