CFP – Children in Care Work Research: Formulating a New Agenda

The journal Social Studies announces a call for papers for a monothematic issue with a working title Children in care work research: formulating a new agenda. The editors of the issue are Sara Eldén (Lund University), Terese Anving (Lund University) and Adéla Souralová (Masaryk University).

The aim of the special issue issue is to introduce a child centered perspective on research on paid private care work. Through introducing an up-to-date collection of articles that focus on an often neglected perspective in care work research – the perspective of the care-receivers themselves – this special issue will contribute to and expand on the scholarship of both global care chain research (Hochschild & Ehrenreich 2003; Anderson 2000; Macdonald 2010) and research on children and care (Brannen et al 2000; Eldén 2015).

We welcome papers which focus on the following topics:

  •  Children’s perspective on paid private child care, their understanding, and sense making, of care-giving
  •  Children’s reflections on relationships with nannies, care-givers, domestic workers, child-minders, private daycare providers
  •  Parents’, nannies’, or child minders’/providers’, reflections on paid care work for children, discussing for example discourses on “what is best for children”
  •  Historical perspectives on children and paid care work
  •  Politics and policy affecting paid private care work for children focusing, e.g., on changes in family policy and politics of the welfare state, and/or the effects of international agreements (such as the UN convention on Children’s Rights)
  •  Methodological and ethical considerations on conducting research on/with cared-for children

Abstracts (500-word maximum) should be sent to no later than March 15, 2016. The deadline for full papers is September 30, 2016. Any specific questions about the special issue should be addressed to the guest editors:

Sara Eldén (
Terese Anving (
Adéla Souralová (

Social studies/Sociální studia is a fully open-access journal, indexed in SCOPUS and ERIH PLUS. The journal is published since 2004 at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, both electronically (ISSN 1803-6104) and in print (ISSN 1214-813X).