UNAF - Call for submissions on the topic of « Families and Europe »

Call for papers

Call for submissions on the topic of « Families and Europe »


How should families be studied in the European context ? What is the relationship between the basic anthropological, sociological, legal and historical unit the family is, and the alternative institutional, political and historical unit the European Union is ?
Contributions to the upcoming themed issue of Recherches familiales, entitled “Families and Europe”, may consider one of the following four topics.

Comparisons within Europe

Papers comparing demographical, anthropological, sociological or family policy issues within Europe are acceptable. Such papers could for instance examine and explain the difference in nuptiality rates between Crete and Sweden. Alternatively papers could review and analyse national policies for the provision of care to infants and young children or to individuals with limited or declining physical autonomy while also considering the issues of time allocation and gender equality.
Papers could also consider actual families already leading their daily lives in the supra-national, European context. Mixed couples, families living outside their own countries, families including one or more cross-border workers all herald the major challenges of European families in the near future.
Comparing situations and focusing on differences and similarities will help us understand the papers considering the second topic.

Family representation in Europe

Papers may also analyse the European institutions, focusing, for instance, on how families are represented within these institutions and decision-making bodies.
The Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union (COFACE) speaks up for families within the European Union. Who or what is it ? The representative of all the families living in Europe ? A confederation of so-called family organisations ? An organisation not focusing solely on consumer protection ? A lobby ?
What role does it play ? How influential is it ? Have family organisations and the representatives of families made their specific voices heard and do they influence policies ?

From family policy to family-focused policy objectives.

What is a “family policy” according to the European institutions ? Is it any different from pro-natalist policies or from social policies providing families with specific services ? If so, can it be said that a genuine European family policy is emerging ? Or are “family objectives” advanced by other policies ?
What is the approach to families during the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All, given that families are the first locus where inequalities are constructed - most notably through education ? Will the ensuing European policies focus on individuals ? Or will they consider the family environment in which individuals lead their daily lives and develop as citizens ?
How are potentially opposed policy objectives balanced ? For example, on the one hand supporting increasing birth rates, and the provision of care to infants and young children or individuals with limited autonomy, and on the other achieving gender equality - especially in terms of career status and equal allocation of time between parents at home. How can diverse national legislation governing issues such as marriage, nationality, inheritance and migratory policies be balanced within Europe ?

Europe from a family’s point of view

Lastly, the study of a family policy, or of the family aspect of a European policy, may be an opportunity for in-depth examination of European policy-making : from the emergence of policy issues and the initial projects to the identification of stakeholders (governments, regions, towns, organisations, private companies...) and the subsequent development of mechanisms. The family could thus help identify a Europe-wide political construct.
The papers based on a presentation of facts - comparing situations within Europe or analysing European policies and institutions - may lead to a forward-looking analysis : how can we help build a Europe where the interests of all the families living in this political entity can be considered despite cultural and lifestyle differences ? What is the most appropriate level of government (town, district, region, Member State or the European Union) at which to launch and support family policies ? Which policies and how ?

Please submit your manuscripts to the Reading Committee of Recherches familiales by 15 May 2007 for publication in January 2008.

Technical information

1- Papers :
30 000 characters maximum, including footnotes and spaces. Please attach a summary of 700 to 900 characters including spaces.

2- References
Do not use the American system (Author and page(s) in brackets). Please conform to the French system (full reference in footnotes).

3- Footnotes
Use the system as illustrated in the following examples. Non-conforming papers will be returned to the authors for corrections.

Jean-Michel CHAMONT, Hervé POURTOIS, « Introduction », Recherches sociologiques, Louvain la Neuve, XXX (2), pp. 3-11, 1999, p. 4.

Michel PERONI, « Le social et la politique », Informations sociales. Travail social : l’individu, le groupe, le collectif, Paris, CNAF, n° 83, 2000, pp. 134-135.

Jean-Noël CHOPART (dir.), Les mutations du travail social. Dynamiques d’un champ professionnel, Paris, Dunod, 304 p., 2000.

Papers will be reviewed and assessed by the Reading Committee.

Alternatively, you may submit un-themed articles for publication in the “Research” section (30 000 characters maximum) or book reviews (8 000 characters maximum).

Please email your submissions in word or rtf format to both :

gseraphin unaf.fr


recherches.familiales unaf.fr

We will send you confirmation of receipt.

Deadline for submissions : 15 May 2007

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