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Social Stratification, Past, Present and Future

Call for Papers

Abstract Deadline: 30 November 2019

Guest Editors

Jennifer Jarman, jjarman@lakeheadu.ca

Paul Lambert, Paul.Lambert@stir.ac.uk

Roger Penn, r.penn@qub.ac.uk

Contemporary Social Science

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Social stratification has been a core concern of social scientists since the 19th century. This volume invites papers that explore important theoretical and methodological issues that relate to the past, present and future of social stratification. We are particularly interested in papers that draw upon the rich history of the ‘Cambridge school’ of stratification research in order to investigate current and pressing social issues.

Topics might include:

  • occupational aspirations of young people,
  • the effects of migration on social position,
  • education and the social stratification system,
  • health/illness/mortality and stratification,
  • social situation and political preferences,
  • intersections between gender and social stratification,
  • social stratification and work,
  • social stratification over time,
  • intergenerational transmission of social position,
  • measurement issues relating to social stratification

These topics could be treated separately or in combination with one another.

Papers with themes and approaches that cross disciplinary divides are particularly relevant, as the primary audience for the journal is a community of scholars and professional practitioners seeking interdisciplinary perspectives on issues of social relevance. Paper submissions are particularly welcome from those papers that have been presented at recent annual meetings of the Cambridge Social Stratification Research Seminar (www.camsis.stir.ac.uk/stratif), although papers of other provenances are also welcome. The participants are all active researchers in the field and there has always been a strong tendency for the papers to combine theoretical/conceptual debates with empirical research. 

Soundly empirically based studies are preferred, although high-quality scholarly essays will be considered.

Submission Guidelines

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: June 30th, 2019 (by email to editors)

Deadline for Submission of Papers: November 30th, 2019 (submitted online)

We invite prospective contributors to provide abstract submissions (max 500 words) by email to the editors for initial consideration (subject line: ‘CSS special issue on Social Stratification’).

Manuscripts should follow the guidelines and usual format for submission of papers to Contemporary Social Science as indicated in Instructions for Authors. This includes information about word limits (5,000 to 6,000 words) and style guidelines.

Full papers will be invited for subsequent submission on the basis of abstracts (acceptance of papers is not confirmed until after the submission of the full paper). Papers when ready should be submitted online indicating they are for this special issue. Authors are encouraged to submit ahead of the deadline – papers will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Once papers have been accepted, they will be published fairly quickly as individual papers – individual authors will not have their work delayed waiting for the entire set of papers to be published as a Special Issue.

The Guest Editors for this special issue are happy to discuss plans for papers with prospective contributors in advance of their receipt.