YVJ Special Issue | Critical youth voices on the Covid 19 pandemic: International perspectives

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Critical youth voices on the Covid 19 pandemic: International perspectives
ISBN 978-1-911634-37-9 | Publication date: December 2021
Editor-in-chief: Dr Theo Gavrielides: contact@rj4allpublications.com
Guest Editor: Dr Daniel Briggs: daniel.briggs@universidadeuropea.es

Daniel Briggs, PhD is a Consultant to the British Foreign Office who works part-time at the Universidad Europea in Madrid, Spain. As a researcher, writer and inter-disciplinary academic who studies social problems, he has undertaken ethnographic research into social issues from street drug users to terminally ill patients; from refugees to prostitutes; and from gypsies to gangs and deviant youth behaviours. He also lectures across the social sciences and has published widely. His most recent book, ‘Dead-end lives: Drugs and violence in the city shadows’ (Policy Press, 2017), won the Division of International Criminology’s Outstanding Book Award 2018 (selected by the American Society of Criminology). He latest ethnographic works is published as ‘Climate changed: Refugee border stories and the business of misery’ (Routledge, 2020) and he is writing up ‘Researching the Covid 19 pandemic: A critical blueprint for the social sciences’ (Bristol University Press, 2021). 

Focus and Deadlines

As part of the Youth Voice Journal’s Special Issues, the Guest Editor, Dr. Daniel Briggs, would like to invite you to submit theoretical and/or empirical contributions to “Critical youth voices on the Covid 19 pandemic: International perspectives. All submitted articles that meet the special issue guidelines will go through a double-blind peer-review process.

The Special Issue will be published in December 2021. The deadline for article submissions is 1 September 2021. Authors are encouraged to contact the Guest Editor with a proposed title and a draft abstract by no later than 1 June 2021.

About the Journal

The Youth Voice Journal (YVJ®) is the leading, international, multidisciplinary and double-blind peer-reviewed journal specialising in publishing theoretical contributions and empirical research on issues affecting young people all over the world.

The Youth Voice Journal (ISNN 2056-2969) is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, EBSCO Information Services, The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS) and Criminal Justice Abstracts. YVJ is also a member of COPE, ensuring we adhere to codes of conduct for journal editors.

The YVJ is managed by an independent Academic and Editorial Board and seeks to provide a reference source for academia, policymakers and youth services internationally.

YVJ™ aims include:

  • – Create knowledge and contribute to the literature by publishing high-quality research on issues affecting young people
  • – Establish and further develop the youth-led method for research and social policy
  • – Provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices
  • – Actively encourage and aide those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policymakers and academia to be published.
The Special issue

Surely the most pressing issue now present in the everyday lives of billions of young people around the world is related to the Covid 19 pandemic. The sudden halt to life as we knew it at the beginning of 2020 with the advent of a new ‘coronavirus’ has already dramatically altered the terrain of political, economic and social life. Indeed, at one point early on in the evolution of the pandemic, nine in ten people across the world were living in countries with border closures and reduced travel restrictions because of the pandemic and one in two people of the global population were living under lockdown. Borders were shut, flights were cancelled, educational institutions were closed and many countries around the world went into lockdown. Places of public gathering and closed environments were considered ‘infection hotspots’ so theatres, cinemas, hotels, restaurants and bars and other similar venues were left empty as if they were already part of history. Within this, millions of young people experienced sudden and significant changes to their social vista and personal lives. For example, on one hand, they were singled out for having ‘irresponsible’ attitudes towards the virus, yet were clearly the group least at risk. Despite this, the subsequent lockdowns and restrictions on their movements and relationships meant that millions lost valuable time in education and were foisted further into their own subjective digital bubbles as means of escape.

What do young people think of this? How is this all affecting them? Which young people have managed to use this to some advantage, and which have watched life around them collapse? If the future was already uncertain, what does it hold now? This special issue, international in scope and open-minded in academic discipline, is interested in bringing to the forefront critical essays on young peoples’ experiences/views of:

  • – Lockdown/s
  • – Homeschooling
  • – Education, training and work (or the lack of it)
  • – Life in the ‘new normal’
  • – The digitalization of everything
  • – Social protest
  • – Political management of the virus
Editorial Policy

If you wish and are interested in contributing to the YVJ, please consult our Author Guidelines and Editorial Policy outlining all the key information. We aim to have all manuscripts to be peer-reviewed within a 4-6 weeks’ time frame before being accepted for publication. The Youth Voice Journal is published by RJ4All Publications, a branch of Restorative Justice for All (RJ4All) International Institute, which is an international NGO with a mission to advance community and social cohesion, and redistribute power within society at the local, national and international levels.

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