Tuesday, September 20, 2011
We are inviting academic editorial contributors to Cultural Sociology of Divorce: An Encyclopedia, a 3-volume library reference to be published in 2013 by SAGE Publications.
While the formal definition of divorce may be fairly concise and straightforward (the legal termination of a marital union, dissolving the bonds of matrimony between parties), the effects are anything but, particularly when children and other family members are involved. The Americans for Divorce Reform estimates that “probably, 40 or possibly even 50 percent of marriages will end in divorce if current trends continue." And outside the United States, there are markedly increased divorce rates across developed countries—divorce and its effects are a significant social factor in our culture and others. In fact, it might be said that a whole “divorce industry” has been constructed, with divorce lawyers and mediators, family counselors, support groups, etc. As King Henry VIII’s divorces showed, divorce has not always been easy or accepted. In some countries, divorce is not permitted and even in Europe, countries such as Spain, Italy, Portugal, and the Republic of Ireland only legalized divorce in the latter quarter of the twentieth century. This multi-disciplinary encyclopedia covers curricular subjects around the world ranging from marriage and the family to anthropology, social and legal history, family law, developmental and clinical psychology, and religion. Three volumes, comprised of over 500 articles, illuminate what has become a culture of divorce and its impact on society.
This comprehensive project will be marketed to academic and public libraries as a print and digital product available to students via the library’s electronic services. We are now making assignments with a deadline for submissions of November 17, 2011.
Each article, ranging from 900 to 4000 words, is signed by the contributor. The General Editor of the encyclopedia is Robert E. Emery, Ph.D., University of Virginia, who will review all the articles for editorial content and academic consistency.
If you are interested in contributing to the encyclopedia, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. Payment for the articles are honoraria that range from a $50 book credit from Sage Publications for article submissions up to 1,000 words up to a free copy of the encyclopedia for contributions totaling greater than 10,000 words. More than this, your involvement can help assure that credible and detailed data, descriptions, and analysis are available to students of divorce issues.
The complete list of available articles (Excel file) submission guidelines, and sample article are prepared and will be sent to you in response to your inquiry. Please then select which unassigned articles may best suit your interests and expertise. (A shorter list of available entries related to divorce law only follows below).
If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with Cultural Sociology of Divorce: An Encyclopedia, please contact me by the e-mail information below. Please provide a brief summary of your background in divorce issues. Thanks for your time and interest.
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ENTRIES RELATED TO DIVORCE LAW (INCLUDING WORD COUNTS):
Absolute Divorce (1200)
Alexander, Paul W. (Judge) (1500)
Child Custody vs. Child Support (1700)
Child Support, Government Enforcement of (2000)
Childless Divorce (1400)
Custody, Joint Legal and Physical Child (2500)
Custody, Sole Legal and Physical Child (2200)
Debt, Division of (2500)
Divorce Law and Shorter vs. Longer Term Marriages (1750)
Divorce Law-Comparative Perspective (3000)
Divorce Law-United States (4000)
Divorce Negotiations, Legal Tactics in (2000)
Grounds for Divorce (overview) (4000)
Grounds for Divorce, US History of Legal (3000)
Informal Divorce (1200)
International Divorce (1750)
Irreconcilable Differences (1800)
Judges, Family Law (2000)
Lawyers, Divorce (3000)
Mental Cruelty (2500)
Pre-Nuptial Agreements (1500)
Pro Se Divorce (1200)
Property Distribution (3000)
Property Division Law, U.S. History of (2500)
Property, Marital (2200)
Separation, Legal (2000)
Separation, Trial (2000)
Shared/Joint Custody of Children (2500)
Simplified Divorce (2500)
Step-Parent’s Child Custody Legal Rights (after a second divorce) (1500)
Summary/Simple Divorce (2000)
Uncontested Divorce vs. Contested Divorce (2500)