Call for Abstracts Volume 2, Issue 1.

Abstract Submission Deadline
July 15, 2016

Confirmation of Acceptance
July 20, 2016

Complete Manuscript Submission
August 5, 2016 

Review Report
August 15, 2016

Reworked Manuscript Submission
August 22, 2016

Processing Fee Submission
August 25, 2016

Publication
August 31, 2016

The Journal for People’s Studies (JPS) [ISSN 2455-3115 (Online)] calls for abstracts for its next issue on the theme Marginalisation, Resource Politics and Justice Concerns’. The alienation and exploitation of oppressed and marginalised populations continue in more aggressive manner in modern times where resources such as land, water, forests, minerals and human labour are the key components. The State in modern times has been closely aligning with the corporates with a bonus of oppressive social structures. These structures are age-old mechanism of hierarchy based on social constructs, economic manipulation, political power and cultural supremacy of a particular class of people, who are assumed to be higher in the ladder than others. Since such oppressive socio-cultural constructs still operates as a definite pre-condition in establishing marriages, social relations and access to resources, employment and other social securities, the idea of upward mobility alongside justice concerns gets entirely dismissed. 

The subsequent consequences could be drastic, where all forms of resources, (both productive and natural) including land, water, forests, mineral, agricultural and forest produce could slip out of the hands of the toiling masses. Many belief system that evolved over the course of time told the indigenous people time and again that they were not supposed to owe any property, lest lay claims over it. They were reduced as slaves and labouring classes on their own land. Land and forest turned to be alien to such social groups. Today land, forests and other natural resources are not free from public debates or academic investigations. However with social constructs becoming the key constituent and the centre of power it also developed as a system in resource control and management aligning to the fondness of these centres. The very character of control and management shifted from a community based production to production for the market, industry and corporate houses. Amassment, accumulation, profit and surplus turned to be the key value chain. In this process the relation of community with the means of production drifted, thereby altering the character of relations within communities.

The next issue of JPS endeavours to scientifically explore these interconnects, interlinks and inter-dependency of marginalisation, resource politics and justice concerns cutting across nations and communities around the globe. The idea is to study it through the prism of historically oppressed and marginalised groups, minorities, apartheid, gender justice, social exclusion, agrarian crises and other similar issues. Some of the possible sub-themes on which the contributors could send their abstracts are as follows.

  • Land rights
  • Land and forest rights of indigenous people
  • The First Nations and resource management
  • The question of commons
  • Landlessness and marginalisation
  • Land and oppressive social structure
  • Water rights
  • Water wars
  • Mining and displacement issues
  • Community life in mining zones
  • Theory of alienation
  • Alienation of culture
  • Resources and social exclusion
  • Resources and minorities (ethnic, religious, linguistic, sexual, regional, etc.)
  • Access to resources and justice to children
  • Resources, inclusive justice or exclusive development
  • Land rights, social justice and exclusion
  • Gender concerns in land distribution
  • Land and women's empowerment
  • Land, development and oppressed/marginalised groups
  • Stories of land struggles 
  • Land rights movements
  • Land and agrarian crisis
  • Gender discrimination in resource intervention
  • Land rights as symbol of freedom
  • Forests as eco-spirituality
  • Resources as self-rule
  • Land as distributive justice
  • Land democracy
  • Land, forest & water and culture rights
  • Rights over resource and human rights
  • Resources and identity

JPS welcomes abstracts on any of the above given themes or any other related theme that you find could be part of the broader theme of the upcoming issue. Interested persons are required to go through the guidelines for more details at http://peoples-studies.com/submission-guidelines/.  JPS follows a specific writing style and you are advised to visit it at http://peoples-studies.com/writing-style/. Any manuscript without following the style of writing would be rejected. Any submission after the deadline at any stage will not be entertained, unless it is reasonably communicated with the editorial collective or editor. Due to the large number of submissions, only those whose abstracts are shortlisted would be notified. Your manuscript would be reviewed thoroughly and send back with feedbacks. Send your abstracts to [email protected]

Goldy George
Chief Editor