CFP: Issue and Conference on “Spatial Foundations of Inequality”

CALL FOR ARTICLES

RSF: THE RUSSELL SAGE FOUNDATION JOURNAL OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

Issue and Conference on “Spatial Foundations of Inequality”

Rising inequality in the United States challenges a fundamental premise of our society: equal opportunity. Whereas inequality is commonly studied at the level of individuals or families, a growing research literature argues that rising inequality cannot be understood without considering space and geography as fundamental dimensions of the American stratification system. This special issue will present cutting edge scholarship on the spatial foundations of American inequality, and the relationship between spatial inequality and social, economic, and political inequality.

Although we lay out a set of possible topics and research questions below, we are flexible about the choice of topic, the unit of analysis, and the empirical approach. Our main criteria for selection will be the connection between clear theory and empirical approach, the rigor of the empirical analysis (regardless of method), and the quality of the writing and interpretation. We welcome analyses focusing on processes that operate at any spatial scale, including blockfaces, neighborhoods, school attendance zones, political districts, cities, and so forth. We are open to analyses covering multiple timeframes, including childhood, over the life course, or intergenerational analyses. Outcomes may include income, employment, wealth, education, behavior, health, academic achievement, political participation, representation or preferred policies, or others that are important for understanding American inequality.

The journal issue is being edited by George Galster of Wayne State University and Patrick Sharkey of New York University.

For more detailed information and submission guidelines for this issue, including examples of analyses we anticipate would be of interest to the research and policy communities, please click here.

Anticipated Timeline

Prospective contributors should submit a CV and an abstract of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material no later than 5 PM EST on August 22, 2014, to:

https://rsfjournal.onlineapplicationportal.com

All submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in part or in full. Only abstracts submitted to https://rsfjournal.onlineapplicationportal.com/ will be considered. Each paper will receive a $1,000 honorarium when the issue is published. All questions should be directed to Suzanne Nichols, Director of Publications, at journals@rsage.org and not to the email addresses of the editors of the special issue.

Contributors of accepted abstracts will be notified by the beginning of October 2014. A draft of selected papers will be due by January 15, 2015 and will be reviewed by the editors and Russell Sage. A conference will be held at the RSF headquarters in New York City in early spring 2015 to discuss the papers. Submission of a revised draft for peer review by experts in the field the paper addresses will be due on June 1, 2015.

For more detailed information and submission guidelines for this issue, including examples of analyses we anticipate would be of interest to the research and policy communities, please click here.