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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Call for Entries

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 December 30, 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.
Lisbeth Rogers
Author Manager
Golson Media<>


Abandonment/Desertion  2,000
Absolute Divorce 1,200
Abuse of Children, Verbal and Physical (excluding sexual, as a cause of divorce) 2,000
Accountants, Certified Public (divorce) 1,400
Alexander, Paul W. (Judge) 1,500
Baha'i Faith 1,800
Bucer, Martin  1,500
Buddhism 2,000
Change, Children of Divorce and Fear of  1600
Child Support, Government Enforcement of  2,000
Childbearing Decisions (in culture of divorce) 1,600
Childless Divorce  1,400
Collectivism (in culture of divorce) 1,600
Custody of Children, Sole  2,200
Deadbeat Parents   1,800
Debt, Division of  2,500
Denigration of Marriage  1,500
Divorce, Late-Life 900
Divorce Law and Shorter vs. Longer Term Marriages  1750
Divorce Law-Asian Traditions 2,000
Divorce Negotiations, Legal Tactics in 2,000
Divorce, Culture of (Overview article, worldwide) 4,000
Divorce, Glamorized 1,400
Fortuna, Loris 1,200
Government Policies (in culture of divorce) 2,000
Growing Apart (as a cause of divorce) 1,800
Hetherington, E. Mavis  1,500
Hinduism  1,800
Huffington Post 1,200
Internet (as a cause of divorce) 1,500
Irreconcilable Differences 1,800
Job Performance (effects of divorce) 1750
Judges, Family Law 2,000
King, Larry  1,000
Lawyers, Divorce 3,000
Marriage, Avoidance of (as avoidance of divorce) 1,500
Milton, John 1,500
Orthodox Eastern Church 1,500
Pre-Nuptial Agreements  1,500
Property Division Law, U.S. History of  2,500
Property, Marital 2,200
Relocation Issues, Child 1,600
Roman Empire, History of Divorce in the  2,200
Sacred Loss, Divorce as a 1,400
Separation, Legal  2,000
Separation, Trial  2,000
Shifting Time Horizons (in culture of divorce) 1,500
Shinto 1,750
Simplified Divorce  2,500
Step-Parent's Child Custody Legal Rights (after a second divorce)  1,500
Summary/Simple Divorce  2,000
Tax Deductions, Child Related 1,200
Toddlers, Effects of Divorce/Custody on 1800
Uncontested Divorce vs. Contested Divorce  2,500
United States (contemporary)  4,000


Alabama 1,700
Arizona  1,500
Arkansas  1,500
Colorado 1,800
Connecticut 1,500
Delaware  1,500
Georgia (State) 1,500
Hawaii  1,500
Idaho 1,500
Kansas 1,500
Kentucky  1,500
Maine 1,500
Maryland 1,500
Michigan  1 ,500
Minnesota 1,500
Mississippi 1,500
Montana  1,500
New Jersey  1,500
New Mexico 1,500
New York 1,800
North Carolina  1,500
Ohio 1,500
Oklahoma  1,750
Pennsylvania  1,500
Rhode Island  1,500
Texas  1,500
Vermont  1,500
Virginia 1,500
Wyoming  1,750
South Carolina  1,500
South Dakota  1,500
Washington  1,500


Dominica   900 Caribbean Island
Dominican Republic  900 Caribbean Island
Grenada  900 Caribbean Island
Kiribati   900 Pacific Island
Marshall Islands    900
Mauritius    900 Island off Southeast Africa
Oman    900 Arab State
Palau    900 Pacific Island
Solomon Islands    900
Ukraine  900

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I agree with the author of this article, while the textbook definition of divorce is concise, the practical definition of divorce is everything but concise.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorney | Nov 1, 2011 6:59:56 AM

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Posted by: Houston Divorce Lawyer | Nov 2, 2011 9:22:20 AM

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