In the past decade, pressing social changes have brought issues of gender, sexuality, and globalization to the fore, many of which are just beginning to be studied sociologically. New social movements addressing issues of gender and sexuality are being organized at a global level – including LGBTQ activism, anti-trafficking activism, and domestic worker advocacy – and inciting contentious debates. The Arab Spring and turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa have raised new questions about women’s agency and rights in Muslim societies and struggles over democratization. In some parts of the world, masculinity is going through significant shifts. Revitalized religious movements have gained influence across the globe, sparking renewed debate over gender and sexuality within these traditions.
Yet too often there is disconnection between studies that examine transnational institutions and movements and those that focus on the transnational dimensions of social phenomena in particular places. Additionally, sociologists who focus on different world regions or disciplinary subfields are not always in conversation. Finally, gender and sexuality in the United States are rarely studied with a transnational lens.
This special issue of Qualitative Sociology aims to address these gaps and highlight cutting-edge research on gender and sexuality in diverse global contexts. The goal is to deepen global/transnational sociology with a gendered lens, and help to advance a theoretical agenda for understanding how gender and sexuality are both constitutive of and constituted by contemporary global and transnational social relations.
This special issue seeks papers based on qualitative research on the transnational dimensions of gender and sexuality and/or that contribute to theorizing gender and globalization. Articles on the Global South are especially welcome. Empirical and theoretical issues may include (but are not limited to):
n New forms of gendered labor and the global economy
n Gender and class in global contexts
n Transnational social movements addressing gender and sexuality
n Agency in an age of globalization
n Civil society
n Health and Disease
n Intimacy and Relationships
n Globalization and Masculinities
n Methodological Issues (especially in understanding links between the transnational and local)
The deadline for submissions is: April 1, 2015.
Submission Instructions: All papers should be submitted through: http://www.editorialmanager.com/quas/ and should comply with the journal’s standard editorial guidelines. When submitting an article, please send a note to Rachel Rinaldo and Manisha Desai (addresses below), and cc Rebecca Hanson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Be sure to select the article type “Special Issue: Gender and Globalization” when you submit your paper through Editorial Manager.
Address questions to:
University of Virginia
University of Connecticut