Call for papers : Women in Social Work

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Special issue proposal: Women in social work- practice, policy, education and research

Stephanie Wahab, Ben Anderson-Nathe and Christina Gringeri write in the introduction to 'Feminisms in Social Work Research' (Routledge,2015, p. 1) that "social work as a profession and academic discipline has long concerned itself with women and issues related to women and their social conditions" citing reproductive rights, labour rights, violence and poverty among the areas of concern. In Aotearoa and internationally in 2017 women still face challenges to reproductive rights, disadvantage in work and income, experience of violence and sexual harassment and Maori and other Indigenous women in particular experience significant health disparities.  Women are disproportionately high users of social services. They also provide a significant portion of social service care to their families and communities.

Women in social work are particularly affected by lack of equal pay for work of equal value, many entering professional social work with personal experiences of violence, trauma and poverty.  Women also outnumber men in social work education and in the world of academia bringing with them the impacts of inequality in income, esteem and disproportionate caring responsibilities.

We are seeking submissions for a special issue of Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work to be published in 2019 as 31(1). The issue will encompass articles which address issues, themes and ideas from the domains of practice, policy, education and research with a focus on women as participants in social work and welfare systems. Articles may be theoretical or empirical. Reviews of literature and or policy are welcome but these must be focused on a central inquiry of relevance to women in social work and welfare systems.

We will also seek or commission book reviews and short topical pieces offering readers’ critical commentaries on published articles, analyses of policy or practice developments, and reports on research-informed practice innovations.

Full articles should be no longer than 7000 words including references and material in tables.  We will also accept shorter research reports of  3000 words including references.  Viewpoints of 2000 words which focus on recent events or current topics of relevance to the theme are welcome from practitioners, students and educators. Please read the author guidelines to be sure you format your article correctly.

Submissions of full articles will be anonymously reviewed by at least two reviewers. Reviewers will be asked to offer constructive feedback to authors. The deadline for submission of full papers for this themed issue is 1 April 2018.  

SUBMISSION: Please write to the editors with a brief outline of your intended article for this special issue and we will send you the author guidelines for the preparation of your manuscript.

SPECIAL ISSUE EDITORS:  Liz Beddoe, Jane Maidment, Miriama Scott and Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia

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Liz Beddoe is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland. Liz’s teaching and research interests include critical perspectives on social work education and professional supervision. Recent books include the co-authored ‘Challenges in Professional Supervision’ (2016, Jessica Kingsley Publishers) with Allyson Davys and ‘Social Work Practice for Promoting Health and Wellbeing: Critical Issues’ (Routledge, 2014) and ‘Social Policy for Social Work and Human Services in Aotearoa New Zealand:  Diverse Perspectives’ (Canterbury University Press, 2016) with Jane Maidment.. She has been a member of the Editorial Collective since 2015 and is a founding member of the Re-Imagining Social Work Collective.

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Jane Maidment is an associate professor in the Department of Human Services and Social Work at the University of Canterbury. She is a registered social worker and has teaching and research interests in the areas of field education, practice skill development, older persons and using craft as a vehicle for social connectedness. Jane has published extensively in national and international journals and has co-authored with Liz Beddoe 'Mapping Knowledge for Social Work Practice: Critical Intersections’ ( Cengage, 2009) and ‘Social Policy for Social Work and Human Services in Aotearoa New Zealand:  Diverse Perspectives’ (Canterbury University Press, 2016).

Miriama Scott 

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Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia is a New Zealand-born Samoan and is a lecturer in the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at The University of Auckland.  She has experience in community, health, social service and tertiary education settings having worked as a social worker at Child, Youth and Family and Counties Manukau District Health Board. Her research interests include Pacific health, adolescent development, community development and mental health.

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