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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Final Call for Papers: Cultural Sociology of Divorce: An Encyclopedia

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, developmental and clinical psychology, and religion.  Three volumes, including 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.  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.

At this time the project is completely assigned with the exception of two entries:

1.  Sole Custody of Children (2200 words)

2.  Palimony (1200 words)

The final deadline for submissions for these entries is June 25, 2012. 

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. I will provide you with submission guidelines and a sample article for your review. 

Lisbeth Rogers

Author Manager

Golson Media

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Dear Ms. Rogers,

I have independently studied co-parenting after divorce and stepfamily formation since the late 1980s. My most current project is in year three of a seven year study; results are already toe curling.

With recall issues from car accidents, I was unable to complete the rigors of a college schedule to earn a traditional degree. However, that has not stopped me from pursuing and cultivating a great work. I have a track record of presentations to parents, college classes and the Riverside County Board of Education dating to 1990.

If you would be interested in a submission regarding my work on the unseen factors - intent and motives - contributing to parental alienation and the academic neglect that is paired with it, I would like to participate with the hope of increasing both exposure to our work and improving the model used to reconnect and strengthen family bonds across generations.

Posted by: Tricia Powe | Jun 7, 2012 2:13:40 PM

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