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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Families, Communities, and Nation States in the COVID-19 Pandemic – Chinese Sociological Review

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Chinese Sociological Review (CSR) accepts proposals for a Special Issue on Families, Communities, and Nation States in the COVID-19 Pandemic. The deadline by which proposals should be sent to this special issue’s editorial team is April 26th, 2020. We have a preference for proposals that draw on sociological perspectives to explain the varying responses and/or analyze social impacts of COVID-19 in different countries, with Chinese societies as the focal point of analysis.

Since the first case of COVID-19 was identified in Wuhan, COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly across the world. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic. As of March 31, there have been over 800,000 confirmed cases, and nearly 40,000 people have lost their lives. These numbers are still rising. Various public health measures, including school dismissals, public space closures, and city lockdowns, have been implemented in different societies. Those measures are affecting billions of people’s day-to-day lives. In the global fight against COVID-19, the approach, feasibility, and effectiveness of outbreak response efforts and policy measures vary across sociocultural contexts and institutional regimes.

Therefore, we issue this urgent call to sociologists/social scientists around the world: We invite you to offer theoretical and empirical insights to explain the diverse responses to, and implications of, this global crisis across societies. We are particularly interested in manuscripts that address the following questions:

- How do families, communities, and nation states respond to the pandemic?

- What are the roles that social institutions play in helping local citizens cope with the outbreak?

- What are the social impacts of the pandemic on families, communities, and nation states?

Submission Guideline

Authors who want their work to be considered for publication in this Special Issue should email a proposal to and address to Editor Xiaogang Wu, Chair Professor of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, or Guest Editors Yue Qian, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of British Columbia, and Cary Wu, Assistant Professor of Sociology, York University by April 26, 2020.

Proposals should be about 1,000 words long in total and should include the theoretical and/or empirical approaches to addressing the theme of the Special Issue, how it will advance sociological knowledge, and its importance to understanding the social impact of COVID-19.

The Editorial team will consider the pool of proposals received by this deadline. They will select proposals they consider to be of the highest quality and invite the authors to submit a full paper. Invitations to submit the full-length research papers will be sent out to authors by May 1, 2020. The full-length paper for peer reviews will be due on June 30, 2020. The special issue is expected to be published online before September 2020.

Chinese Sociological Review (CSR) (Print ISSN: 2162-0555 Online ISSN: 2162-0563), founded in 1968  Chinese Sociological Review publishes high-quality original works from sociologists and other social scientists in the mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and abroad. The mission of the journal is to advance the understanding of contemporary Chinese society and contribute to general knowledge in the discipline of sociology. All research articles will undergo a rigorous editorial screening and peer review process. The journal is intended for an international readership, now published by Taylor & Francis Inc. 530 Walnut Street, Suite 850, Philadelphia, PA 19106. The journal’s SSCI impact factor is 2.3 in 2017, being ranked in Q1, 21/146 in sociology. 

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