CFP: Childhood, Youth and Activism

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Call for Papers  

Sociology Studies of Children and Youth 

Childhood, Youth and Activism: Global Perspectives on Demands for Rights and Justice from Young People and their Advocates  

Guest edited by Katie Wright and Julie McLeod  


Thematic focus and rationale 

In a time of increasing global uncertainty and the emergence of new fault lines of social inequality generated by the pandemic, questions related to the rights of children and young people have become increasingly pressing. From uncertain futures wrought by the climate crisis to concerns about regressive politics and widespread experiences of harassment, abuse and violence, young people and their advocates are working hard to have their voices heard.  

This volume will bring together chapters that examine the assertion of rights and claims for justice by – and on behalf of – children and young people. It is anticipated that contributions will explore different forms of activism and advocacy across different geographical regions and over different time periods. We are interested in submissions that consider forms of social action undertaken by young people themselves; those in which adults and/or organisations act on behalf of young people; activities focused on seeking justice for events that occurred in the past; and efforts to create better futures for children and young people.  

Chapters will explore a variety of topics drawing on diverse theoretical and methodological approaches. While the chapters will address a range of issues, they will be thematically connected through examinations of the forms of agency expressed by young people themselves, the hope embodied in activism and advocacy, and the centrality of activism and advocacy for social change and more hopeful futures.  

We welcome contributions from scholars at all career stages and from all parts of the globe. 

Possible topics include but are not limited to chapters examining 

  • Activism related to climate change and environmental futures  
  • Activism for equality and recognition, e.g. gender, sexuality, disability, race
  • Young people’s political participation  
  • Social media and online activism  
  • Activism and child rights  
  • Activism and social movements  
  • Forms of activism, e.g. protest, lobbying, speaking out, petitioning, building alliances 
  • Demands for justice for abuses that occurred in the past 
  • Memories and oral histories of youth and childhood activism  
  • Meanings and motivations for activism and social change
  • Changing forms of activism over time  
  • The emotional labour of activism and advocacy  
  • Actions of agencies and organisations designed to protect and advocate for children  
  • Power dynamics within activism and activist movements  
  • Transnational collaborations and connections 


  • 10 September 2022 – Long abstracts (1,000 words) due to editors  
  • 10 January 2023 – Full papers (8,000 words) due to editors  


For further information or questions, please contact Associate Professor Katie Wright, La Trobe University ( and/or Professor Julie McLeod, The University of Melbourne ( 


Please send abstracts and chapters to Katie Wright, La Trobe University (