Call for Chapters: Global Urban Inequalities

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Call for Papers
January 1, 2018 to May 1, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Urban History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies

Call for Chapters 

Global Urban Inequalities: Case Studies on Cultural Development and Change

Edited by Jessica Bodoh-Creed, Department of Anthropology, California State University, Los Angeles

This call seeks ethnographic cultural research that focuses on singular urban, metropolitan cities across the globe and highlights issues of inequality in at least one way that can include race, gender, culture, indigenous groups, inclusion, urban planning, cultural celebrations, use of space, politics, socio-economic processes, and many other forms. Ideally, this book will include ethnographic focused chapters from every part of the world and it will not just focus on capital cities or on already anthropologically rich areas. This call specifically asks for a diversity in theoretical lenses among the authors, ideographic studies that do not attempt to make comparative narratives, and have a singular geographic focus. This volume will balance both positive and negative perspectives on the inequality without necessarily a moral lesson, noting that issues of inequality often have both ups and downs.

The idea for this collection is to showcase a variety of world views and anthropological research of underserved urban cities and global regions, topics, and processes that upper level undergraduate and graduate anthropology students may not know and see in traditional anthropology readers and volumes. This call seeks to fill a void in urban anthropology by showcasing contemporary issues in global development, focused on singular problems of inequality in one city per chapter. Chapters will be organized by geographic region of the world, not issues, so that students can see a survey of the diversity of problems in one area. There is the potential with enough chapters for a two-volume series. 

The purpose of this collection is to showcase a multitude of theoretical and global perspectives on cities and how inequality can and should be studied across modern, urban cities through ethnography. Los Angeles is already a chapter in selection, so only ONE other US city will be considered. Consideration will be given to a US city that is often overlooked as a major metropolitan area like Nashville, Portland, or Austin, or a US city that focuses on recent current events. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The changing nature of modern urban development and who is celebrated, especially in the wake of urban ecotourism
  • The resource curse and how inequality is shaped by socio-economic development in the wake of economic booms (and busts)
  • The influence of global events like the FIFA World Cup or the Olympics that require massive redevelopment of cities at the expense of some more than others
  • The role of changing environmental constraints on cities and their residents
  • Research that looks at a city in the wake of political instability
  • Global humanitarian efforts and new populations or diasporas 

Chapters should be 4,000 to 6,000 words, double spaced with 12 point Times New Roman font, and in the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition citations and style format. In addition, the following information should be included:

  • Author’s title, name, affiliation and position. At least one author must have a PhD.
  • A brief biography (5-6 sentences)
  • Up to date CV
  • 125 word maximum abstract for the chapter
  • 5 keywords for the chapter
  • Permission for any images
  • Permission for any reprints
  • Copies of ethics approvals for any research protocols (IRB) if applicable

Submissions are due May 1, 2018 and should be emailed to the editor, Jessica Bodoh-Creed at

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Jessica Bodoh-Creed, PhD

Department of Anthropology

California State University, Los Angeles

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