Special Issue of Sociological Spectrum Call for Papers


Gendered Experiences/Gendered Institutions:
A View from the American South

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Sociological Spectrum invites papers for a special edition onGendered Experiences/Gendered Institutions: A View from the American South. Although the American South has been the subject of much scholarly attention, gender issues are often overlooked, or else gender/sex is included as one of many variables in analyses that do not address important nuances. Our purpose is to help fill that gap by providing another outlet for such nuanced approaches. Research on gender critically analyzes and investigates how gender structures our identities, experiences and institutions. This special edition seeks articles that address the micro, meso, and/or macro perspectives regarding gender as an organizing force. To this end we are soliciting research that focuses on inequalities faced by women and men (especially submissions on devalued masculinities or hegemonic masculinity), or in various cultural, political, and occupational capacities, as well as exploring intersections of gender with race, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexuality, age, and/or social class. Although our emphasis will be on southern gendered experiences and institutions, we encourage a broad a range of submissions in order to garner a greater collective presentation of research on gender in its many forms. Deadline for submission is November 15, 2012.

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • The rationale for research on gender in sociology
  • Definitions and conceptual models used to analyze gender
  • History of the development the sociology of gender
  • Gendered epistemology/methodology
  • Gender and sexual expressions
  • Gender and military involvement
  • Gender and deviance
  • Gender and leisure activities
  • Gender and violence
  • Gender and family structure
  • Gender and childhood socialization
  • Gender and occupational stratification
  • Gender and media
  • Gender and religion
  • Gender and politics
  • Gender and law
  • Gender and economy
  • Gender and education
  • Gender and sports
  • Gender and the state
  • Men and masculinities

Submissions will be peer reviewed. The selection criteria will involve: relevance to the theme, clarity of paper, intellectual significance and originality. Send an electronic copy of the manuscript as an email attachment, formatted in MS Word or WordPerfect to one of the special issue editors below. Authors should avoid placing any form of identification in the body of the manuscript except for the title page. Submissions should be in ASA citation format, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins. Additional author submission instructions can be found here: Taylor and Francis

Please direct inquiries and manuscript submissions to one of the guest editors below:

Ruth Chananie-Hill, Special Issue Editor
Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology
University of Northern Iowa
Baker Hall 356
Cedar Falls, IA 50613-0513
319-273-7242 rchill@uni.edu

Tina Deshotels, Special Issue Editor
Department of Sociology and Social Work
Jacksonville State University
327 Brewer Hall
Jacksonville, AL 36265
256-782-5350 tdeshotels@jsu.edu

Note:  Sociological Spectrum is the official journal of the Mid-South Sociological Association. This special issue is a project of the MSSA Women’s Caucus.

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