The International Journal of Inclusive Education (IJIE)

The International Journal of Inclusive Education (IJIE) is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal focusing on inclusion.

If children and young people are to develop a notion of citizenship
as inclusive, it is crucial that issues of identity and diversity are
addressed explicitly – but getting the pedagogical approach right will be
critical: the process of dialogue and communication must be central to
pedagogical strategies for Citizenship
(http://publications.education.gov.uk/eOrderingDownload/DfES_Diversity_&_Cit
izenship.pdf Accessed on 3/11/2010).

Young people remain one of the most contested populations that navigate in our communities. Within all the discourses that engage the notion of inclusion, youth present an interesting challenge that merits our academic rendezvous within a range of contexts. What we conceptualise as “youth” differs in different theoretical positions, schools of thought and socio-cultural experiences but is partly defined in diverse scenarios as a rational, responsible, free, conscious, choosing, autonomous, self-regulatory with a contestable social position.

This Special Edition is to draw from various fields of knowledge, in an
effort to theorise, create new and innovative conceptual platforms and
develop further the hybrid idea of discourses around social inclusion and
youth (from policy, practice and research perspectives). This rich edition
brings academics and activists to fill the persistent gap in the
problematisation of these issues and in the process pushing towards the
understanding of inclusion, communalism, citizenship intertwined with
complex youth debates.

This international Special Edition will be noteworthy if the submission of
articles will manage to highlight the interconnections between the
exclusionary experiences of young people’s lives. The focus of this Special Edition is intended to help us understand how young people shape their development, involvement, and visibility as socio-political actors within their communities. The thinking around this Edition is to link the speckled experiences of youth that remain one of the most electrifying stages in a community’s lifecycle. Engagement with notions of identity and change, involvement and anti-/social behavior, community cohesion or absence of, politics, social activism will be looked upon favorably.

Manuscripts which offer a critical and methodical perspective on social
policies and the broad realm of social inclusion/exclusion and how it
affects young people will be looked upon favorably. The inter-disciplinary notion remains shrouded in epistemological darkness, conveniently endorsed but often little understood and insufficiently theorized and developed. We are interested in having an Edition that analyses equal opportunities and its allied concepts, including inequality, inequity, disadvantage and diversity that have been studied extensively across all disciplines of social sciences and humanities but now need a youth studies ‘application’.
Manuscripts that indicate an across-cutting engagement with a number of themes are encouraged. What is important in this IJIE Edition is not the systematic presentation of a theme but the critical underpinnings of that theme, the politicisation of the issues and the focus on transformations.

‘Themes’ and ‘questions’ (though not exclusively) potential contributors
might consider:
* What is social inclusion and how does it impact on young people?
* Young people’s political consciousness to translate into public,
social, philanthropic and religious movement participation.
* Youths as visible agents of social change in their virtual
communities.
* Understanding of young people’s involvement in civil society and
social activism.
* Conceptualsing the elusive notions around ‘youth’.
* How can communities of young people be garnered?
* The role of culture, customs, religion and/or laws on young people.
* The impact of new and emerging technologies (e.g. internet, social media and ICT) on young people.
* Integration of young people in their communities.
* The role, impact and implications of community economies on young people.
* The roles and connections between human security, social capital and young people.
* The relationships, dynamics and impact between development, poverty and young people.
* Youth cultures and the experiences of young people across diverse times and places.
* A political representation of youth and the role of youth work.
* Stigma and its impact on the understanding of youth.
* Alternative visions of life and the way youth are responding.
* Identity, change and well-being of young people.
* Informality in contested spaces.
* Youth sexuality and its underpinnings.

Logistics
All selected articles will be anonymously peer-reviewed by experts in the
author’s field of study. This Journal will not accept material that has been previously published or is under consideration for publication elsewhere.
Manuscripts should be written in English

Interested contributors are asked to send 250-word abstracts using Microsoft Word (.doc) by not later than the 20th July 2011 to Dr Andrew Azzopardi at the following address:- andrew.azzopardi@um.edu.mt. For those abstracts that are selected, a chapter contribution of 5,000 to 6,000 words (including references and endnotes), will be requested and will need to be submitted to the Editor by the 20th October 2011 (footnotes are to be avoided when reasonably possible).

Authors are requested to follow the APA system for references. Please
consult http://www.apastyle.org/elecref.html. An invitation to submit an
article based on an abstract does not guarantee publication of that
respective article.

Contact Person:

Dr Andrew Azzopardi
Senior Lecturer
Room 114, FEMA Building,Department of Youth & Community Studies,
Faculty of Education, University of Malta, Tal-Qroqq, Msida – MSD 2080,
MALTA (Europe).
T: (+00356)23402918