CALL FOR CHAPTERS : Mapping Global Inequality -Concepts and Theories

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Call for Papers
January 27, 2022 to December 31, 2025
South Africa
Subject Fields: 
Social Work, Sociology, Social Sciences, Teaching and Learning, Public Policy


Concepts and Theories


Rajendra Baikady Ph.D., Department of Social Work, School of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


Jaroslaw Przeperski Ph.D. Director, Centre for Family Research, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland 


Berch Berberoglu, Ph.D., Foundation Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Nevada, United States.


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

The Series encompasses several volumes, but we will publish an individual call for contributions to each volume separately. In this call for contributions, we are particularly seeking authors for the volume on Concepts and Theories

In the year 2015 United Nations formulated Sustainable development goals and set reducing inequality in all its form within and among countries as one of the major targets to be achieved by 2030. Inequality has since moved to the forefront of the policy discussion and ‘Leaving no one behind’ become the tagline of many programmes and debates. However, the advancement in technology, industrial development and innovations in science and economy in the post-Sustainable Development period neither eradicated nor reduced this phenomenon. Further uncontrolled income gap, wealth concentration and growing inequality across the regions and regimes jeopardized the achievements so far made by internationally agreed goals. According to available literature even today extreme inequality is out of control. As a result, hundreds of millions of people are living in extreme distress and disparity. Constantly changing world society is at the crossroads and it is inevitable to address growing inequality in different forms by the global leaders, policymakers, academics and practitioners at micro, meso and macro level.

The first volume of the series Mapping Global inequality aims to establish and critically examines the concepts and theories related to various forms of inequality in different societies. This volume aims to capture themes and debates around elucidating and studying why inequality is global in nature or what makes inequality persist in a global society. We invite scholars across different social science disciplines to debate and discuss what inequality is and what it is not, how the concept and perceptions of inequality is differently understood by people and how that impacts the development and growth of a society. The chapters presented in this volume will underscore the complexities and nuances of the phenomenon and showcase the various ways it is relevant to and concerns associated with researching it.

  •  What are the different narratives of inequalities  (i.e., what is the definition and impact of inequality)?
  • Why inequality still existing in the country and what are the consequences (i.e., root causes from micro, meso or macro level)?
  • What are the Systemic Obstacles to achieve Equal Opportunity and Equal Justice?
  • What are the available solutions to reduce inequality (in terms of policy, social action and programmes)?

We invite the prospective authors to debate and examine (1) the concept of inequality in different social, political and economic context; (2) defining inequality, equity and equality; (3) theorizing inequality, equity and equality in different societies across the globe; (4) outlining different aspects such as economic development, market growth and states’ ideology in relation to growing inequality; (5) fundamental political and ideological foundations; (6) role of globalization, neoliberalism and privatization in rising inequality; (7) defining and examining different types of inequality.

The goal is to gather the best possible contributions in the respective areas and make this reference work as truly global in nature. There will be a minimum of 40 chapters from at least 30 countries in this and each volume discussing various aspects of inequality in different socio-political and economic contexts, providing a valuable source for researchers, academics and policy makers at both local and global context.  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, academicians, advanced students, and readers who are familiar with the field as well as those from other related disciplines.

The length of each chapter we are expecting is circa 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 and 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 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 is DOI citable. You will be able to access it via your chapter page on METEOR. As author of this project, you can also access via METEOR all other online published Springer Nature References.

Please keep in mind: the sooner 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 the approved chapter will be published as 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 Editors of 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 25 March  2022,  to Dr. Rajendra Baikady provide the subject header as - Concepts and Theories: Chapter proposal. The members of the editorial team will evaluate the submitted abstracts 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 Ph.D., 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



Contact Info: 

Rajendra Baikady Ph.D., Department of Social Work, School of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa