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British Journal of Guidance & Counselling

For a Special Issue on

Manuscript deadline
01 September 2021

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Rie Thomsen, Aarhus University, Denmark
[email protected]

Tristram Hooley, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
[email protected]

Kristina Mariager-Anderson, Aarhus University, Denmark
[email protected]

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This special issue invites submissions on critical perspectives on agency and social justice in transitions and career development. The aim is to address critical, interdisciplinary and scientific approaches within guidance and counselling research.

The relationship between social justice, agency, how people enact their careers and the support that they call on while doing this is an emerging research topic in the fields of guidance and counselling. By placing important societal challenges such as educational dropout, social inequality in education, the need for upskilling and improving work-life balance on the research agenda, this special issue reflects and cultivates the growing interest in critical research on these topics[1]. With this issue we would like to invite leading international scholars from disciplines such as education science, counselling psychology, vocational psychology, social psychology, sociology, pedagogy and philosophy to identify and critically reflect on the ways in which socially just and ethically sound counselling and guidance practices can support sustainable transitions in education and work, by promoting individual and collective agency while addressing social and societal challenges.

The role of guidance and counselling is often understood as supporting and developing citizens’ agency in terms of their career and personal development. By supporting reflection and the development of self-knowledge, providing information about different career and life options and the tools to make decisions, guidance and counselling empowers citizens to manage their own life paths and can make successful transitions and achieve balance and wellbeing in their personal and professional lives. While such individual-centred approaches are still dominant in counselling and guidance they often fail to acknowledge structural, contextual and institutional inequalities, thereby also leaving the impact of broader discourses – for instance the impact of neoliberal governance – unquestioned. This failure has a profound impact on such practices and risks perpetuating these inequalities, tacitly privileging certain voices and worldviews, and thereby normalising and legitimising social injustice. Submissions could address the following themes:

  • Career management and responsibilisation
  • Inequalities and oppression in career theory, policy and practice
  • Neoliberalism and career
  • Social justice and career guidance
  • The role of critical theory in career research
  • Viewing individuals’ careers in communities and contexts

The deadline for proposals to be included in this special issue is May 1st 2021  Article proposals should include the manuscript title, an abstract comprising 300-400 words, authors’ full names and affiliations, as well as the corresponding author’s contact details and should be e-mailed to Professor MSO Rie Thomsen [email protected]. Proposals will be considered by the special issue editorial team; Rie Thomsen, Kristina Mariager-Anderson and Tristram Hooley. Once a proposal has been considered, the special issue editors will e-mail you the BJGC guidelines document as well as other relevant details. Submitted manuscript proposals will undergo a blind review process and authors should receive the decision of the peer review panel within 3 months.

[1] This issue share a theme with the second conference on the NoRNet, The Nordic Research Network on Transitions, Career and Guidance hosted in Copenhagen by the Guidance research Unit at Aarhus University in October 2019. Read about NoRNet  here: https://nornet.au.dk/ and the 2019 conference here: https://conferences.au.dk/critical-perspectives-on-agency-and-social-justice-in-transitions-and-career-development/

Submission Instructions

When submitting your article in our ScholarOne system, please choose the dropdown menu that will allow you to choose the symposium issue you are contributing to. The title will be there for your selection: Critical perspectives on agency and social justice in transitions and career development


May 2021 expression of interest, abstract 300 words

June 2021 selection of articles and feedback

September 2021 submission of full manuscript (review process)

January 2022 first review completed

March 2022 submission of second/final version depending on the review (review process)

June 2022 possible third submission of manuscripts

We aim to work towards a October/November 2022 publication date of this special issue.

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