CALL FOR CHAPTERS : Inequality and Young Lives

Rajendra Baikady PhD Announcement
Subject Fields
Childhood and Education, Social Work, Social Sciences, Sociology, Public Policy


Inequality and Young Lives


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 


Karmen Toros PhD, Professor, Department of Social Work, School of Governance, Law and Society, Tallinn University, Estonia


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 Young Lives

There is no systematic coverage of tertiary literature on various kinds of inequality and its impact on young lives across the globe. Inequality in any society causes a wide range of social, economic and political problems. The impact of inequality on children and youth may be in terms of reduced life expectancy, high infant mortality, poor educational attainment, low social mobility, increased levels of maltreatment and violence, and problems related to mental illness. Further inequalities persist in many societies at the micro, mezzo, macro and exo levels which undermine the development of human potential and overall growth. Children and youth from disadvantaged communities across the globe face a number of challenges which increase their vulnerabilities. Furthermore, financial instability, lack of opportunities and accessibility to services decrease their quality of life and well-being.  The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) developed by the United Nations focus on reducing inequalities with special focus on young lives, i.e., children and the youth.

This volume in the Mapping Global Inequality Springer series aims to explore various domains of inequalities and the impact on young lives. We aspire to cover a wide range of broader themes surrounding child and youth population and their challenges globally. Therefore, we invite contributions that critically examine the present status of child and youth development, empowerment and challenges in global societies. 

Contributions from across the social science disciplines that address any type of inequality and challenges related to youth and children is welcomed.

In this volume (Inequality and Young Lives), we aim to address following questions:

  1. What does inequality mean for children and youth?
  2. How do we know there are gross inequalities in the lives of the youth and children?
  3. What does available data say about global inequality and young lives?
  4. How are different societies across the globe tackling inequality with youth and children?

The goal is to gather the best possible contributions in the respective areas and make this reference work truly global in nature. There will be a minimum of 40 chapters from at least 30 countries in this and each of the other 32 volumes discussing various aspects of inequality in different socio-political and economic context providing a valuable resource for researchers, academics and policy makers at both local and global levels.  Each of the Mapping Global Inequality volumes will also include chapters on cross-country comparisons to provide an understanding of similarities and differences in many aspects of inequality across different regions. Additionally, an exclusive and extensive introductory chapter with an overview of the volume, its scope and comparative understanding of all the contributions will be covered in this and all the other volumes.

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 chapters, that are critical summaries/synopses (Tertiary literature) rather than original research reports.

We are accepting contributions 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 become citable. Contributions to all the 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 becomes 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 become 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 Young Lives: Chapter proposal. The editorial team members will evaluate the submitted abstract on a rolling basis and notify the authors along with 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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