CALL FOR CHAPTERS : Inequality and Aging

Rajendra Baikady PhD Announcement
Subject Fields
Human Rights, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology


Inequality and Aging


Rajendra Baikady PhD, Department of Social Work, School of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


Jaroslaw Przeperski PhD, Director, Centre for Family Research, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland


Liljana Rihter PhD, Assistant Professor, Dean, Faculty of Social Work, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia


Dear colleagues, we invite you to take part in the largest editorial project on Inequality - Mapping Global Inequality - Major Reference Work Book Series being published by Springer Nature, United States.

The Series encompasses 30+ volumes, but we will publish individual calls for contributions to each volume separately. In this call for contribution, we are particularly seeking authors for the volume on: Inequality and Aging

This volume in the Mapping Global Inequality Series aims to explore the impact of inequality on elderly population in different societies across the globe. Aging is one of the important stages of human life. It is true that although older people have lots of experiences and can be very valuable part of society, aging often brings uncertainties, illness, insecurity, and loss of employment, partners and care givers. Providing care, income security, and conducive living conditions are basic needs towards the wellbeing of elderly people. However, rapidly changing society and the value system have brought greater changes in the social life of people. Considerable changes in family patterns and living arrangements in societies across the world require more advanced and inclusive social policies and welfare administration. Globalization, neoliberalism and industrialization have brought about many inequalities in several parts of the world. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, several countries have witnessed rapid demographic changes with gross inequalities in terms of basic necessities and welfare services. A sharp growth in the elderly population, reduced opportunities for the younger generation and increased demand for basic necessities such as food, health and safety are questioning the sustainability and effectiveness of existing welfare and social security provisions in ensuring safe and equitable life for all. Neo-liberalism and globalization induced privatization that has resulted in gross inequalities in many societies especially in the global south. Furthermore, development in terms of information and technology, global connectedness and global mobility has resulted in limited traditional care provisions for the elderly in many countries across the globe. Contributions from across the social science discipline that addresses any type of inequality and challenges related to aging and the elderly are welcomed. In this volume (Inequality and Ageing), we aim to address the following questions:

  1. What does inequality mean for the elderly population?
  2. How do we know there is gross inequality in the lives of elderly?
  3. What does available data say about global inequality and ageing?  
  4. How are different societies across the globe tackling inequality with a growing elderly population?

Some major themes to be covered are:

(1) Aging in different parts of the world (2) Globalization and Elderly issues (3) Aging in Neo-liberal Economies (4) Population Aging and Employability Challenges (5) Elderly and Human Rights Issues (6) Sustainable Development Goals and Elderly Care (7) Aging, Health Care Spending, and Long‐Term Care (8) Critical Evaluation of Existing Polices (9) End of Life Care (10) Poverty and Elderly (11) Aging and Discrimination (12) Psycho Social Issues and Interventions.

Our aim is to gather the best possible contributions in the respective area’s and make this reference work truly global in nature. There will be a minimum of 40 chapters in this volume and each chapter will discuss different aspects of inequality in different socio-political and economic contexts. The editorial team aims to cover at least 30 different countries in each of these volumes so that this series will be a valuable source for researchers, academics and policy makers at both local and global contexts. To further this aim, the whole problem of inequality will be saturated in each issue from 2 perspectives: countries and topics. This will give us a sense of fulfilling the description of the indicated problem of inequality. Each volume will also include chapters on cross-country comparison to provide an understanding of similarities and differences in many aspects of inequality across different regimes and regions. In addition to this, each volume will have an exclusive and extensive introductory chapter that provides an overview of the volume, its scope and a comparative understanding of all the contributions covered in the volume(s).

Structure of the Volume:

Level of Your Contribution: Our aim is to provide an accessible and exciting handbook for specialists, academics, advanced students, and readers who are familiar with the field as well as those from other related disciplines.

We expect each chapter to contain approximately 8000-10,000 words (including the reference list). We are inviting the chapters, that are critical summaries/synopses (Tertiary literature) rather than original research reports.

Contributions are being accepted on a rolling basis and writing and reviewing is scheduled to take place until approximately July 2023 with final proofing between then and the end of the year. The sooner you submit your chapter the sooner it will be published online and citable. Contributions to all volumes in this series are peer-reviewed. 

Online-First Publication of Chapters: Once the production and proofing loop is completed, the chapter will be published online-first on Springer Nature's online publication webpage SpringerLink At that stage the article is DOI citable. You will be able to access it via your chapter page on METEOR. As a contributing author to this project, you can also access via METEOR all other online published Springer Nature References.

Please keep in mind: the faster you send in your manuscript, the sooner it will be published and citable.

Print Publication: The print publication of the volume you contribute to will be finalized once the last chapter of the volume has been reviewed and gone through the production workflow.

Online Update of Chapters: One copy of the published version of your chapter is re-ingested to METEOR for further updates. The chapter opens up for updates again in METEOR and the status of your chapter changes to ‘Open for Submission’. At this time, you can up-load fresh or updated files, if you wish. The updated and approved chapter will be published as a new version in the living reference version of this project.  Editors and authors can submit updates to articles at the pace of science advancement.   On behalf of the publishers Palgrave/Springer Nature, we thank you for your contributions. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any queries you might have.

Interested authors should send a 250-word abstract and author bio by 25th March, 2022 to Dr. Rajendra Baikady Please give the subject header as - Inequality and Aging: Chapter proposal. The editorial team members will evaluate the submitted abstract on a rolling basis and notify the authors along with providing full chapter submission guidelines.

Qualifications: We recommend that academic authors have, be supervised by, or in pursuit of their PhD, whereas non-academic professionals should have at least 3 years of experience in the field.

Full chapter submission Schedule: 

June 25, 2022

October 25, 2022

April 25, 2023

June 25, 2023


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