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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Educational Administration and History

For a Special Issue on
Working with and against the bureaucratic state: Histories of grassroots organising for public education reform, 1970s-1980s

Abstract deadline
13 September 2021

Manuscript deadline
18 April 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Associate Professor Jessica Gerrard, The University of Melbourne
[email protected]

Professor Susan Goodwin, The University of Sydney
[email protected]

Professor Helen Proctor, The University of Sydney
[email protected]

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Working with and against the bureaucratic state: Histories of grassroots organising for public education reform, 1970s-1980s

This international Special Issue focuses on the phenomenon of ‘grassroots’ community organising for education reform during the historical period of the 1970s and 1980s. This was a significant period for publicly expressed community ferment surrounding education across the globe, animated by a range of issues, and working with and against a range of different kinds of states and state bureaucratic arrangements.

The collection contributes to the Journal of Educational Administration and History’s aim to publish “work that is comparative and socially critical and which addresses issues such as power, authority, ideals, principles, diversity and difference”.

While the histories of public education institutions and systems are relatively well known from the perspective of top and centre, there is a relative gap in the literature in terms of the histories of those who worked to shape them from the ground up – from the grassroots. This Special Issue addresses this by bringing together papers that offer alternative, outside-in, perspectives on the making and development of the structures and systems of public education institutions, during a key period in their modern formation. In doing so, the Issue aims to foster new historically grounded, international conversations about civic engagement, democratic participation, community action and educational administration.

We invite the submission of proposals for papers investigating reform-oriented groups, community leaders and/or instances of successful or unsuccessful advocacy, strategy or protest. We also welcome papers that examine the various ways in which organisers and participants saw or represented their own rights, responsibilities, knowledge and authority to work publicly for change. We are interested in groups that might be considered ‘progressive’ (e.g. those seeking class, race or gender justice, and/or decolonisation) as well as in those that might be considered ‘conservative’ (e.g. pro-censorship or morals campaigners).

We invite contributors to situate their papers not only in the more obvious local and national contexts, but also to orient their analysis and discussion towards international patterns and connections.

We are especially interested in the everyday social histories of community organising, by which we mean: strategies and tactics large and small, friendships, alliances and networks, modes of communication, e.g. noticeboards, newsletters or phone trees, the kinds of books and periodicals that organisers read and shared, the kinds of manifestos and pamphlets they published, and how they supported their efforts materially, e.g. by fundraising.

Submission Instructions

Interested contributors are invited to submit a paper proposal (about 1000 words including bios) to Dr Heather Weaver ([email protected]) By Monday 13 September 2021 including the following information:

  1. Proposed chapter title
  2. Conceptual/ theoretical framing
  3. An outline of the proposed article’s substantive focus (e.g. empirical base, case study setting, policy focus)
  4. A brief statement of the paper’s international significance and its relevance to JEAH’s aims and scope.
  5. A short list of 4-6 references.
  6. Brief author bio/s and/or link/s to an institutional web page, Google Scholar profile or equivalent.

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