CFP: Rural community wellbeing (special issue of Rural Society)

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: A special issue of Rural Society – vol 23/3 – June 2014 on rural wellbeing

Deadline for proposal abstracts: 30 August 2013

Deadline for Papers: 1st December 2013

Guest editors: Thomas Holden and Lisa Bourke, Rural Health Academic Centre,The University of Melbourne

From ‘social laboratory’ to node in transnational production networks, the ways social scientists understand ‘rural community’ as concept and object continue to evolve and proliferate. Rural communities have been described as ‘dying’, and have been called upon to act, restructure and resist their supposed fate. What leads to community strength, resilience or identity, why are some rural communities thriving while others are not, and how does a rural community promote collective wellbeing?

Rural Society is convening a special edition which invites submissions advancing bold theoretical and empirical insights into the relevance and meaning of ‘rural community wellbeing.’ Papers exploring how understandings vary across social groups, the health and wellbeing of those living in rural environments, the processes involved in community change and action, power relations producing community wellness, interactions between communities and the wider social environment, and the implications these issues have for the quality of life and wellbeing of rural communities and their residents are invited for this topical edition.

Expressions of interest should be directed to Thomas Holden (tel: +61 3 4301 6829) or Lisa Bourke (tel: +61 3 5823 4519), who also welcome contact from prospective authors wishing to discuss their ideas and papers.

Abstracts up to 250 words should be emailed to the special edition co-editors, Thomas Holden at or Lisa Bourke at by Friday 30 August 2013. Prospective contributors who have their abstracts rejected will be invited to submit a paper to a general edition of Rural Society.

Manuscript submission: Authors invited to submit a complete manuscript will be required to do so by 1 December 2013.

Final manuscripts will need to be completed and submitted by no later than 31 March 2014.

Prospective authors should note that manuscripts should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words in length and adhere to the author guidelines, which can be reviewed at:



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