The Journal of Social and Political Psychology, about which I had reported here a couple of months back, has now published its first edition. In their first editorial T. Christopher Cohrs and Johanna Ray Vollhard, the editors, again state their intentions with this new journal: ‘JSPP publishes articles at the intersection of social and political psychology that substantially advance the understanding of social problems, their reduction, and the promotion of social justice. The journal also welcomes work that focuses on socio-political issues from related fields of psychology (such as peace psychology, community psychology, critical psychology, cultural psychology, etc.) and encourages submissions with interdisciplinary perspectives.’ Importantly, the journal is open access and no author fees are charged.
As for forthcoming attractions, critical (social) psychologists might well be interested in the envisaged Special Thematic Section on ‘The Social Psychology of Citizenship, Participation and Exclusion’. The editor for this Section will be Clifford Stevenson, along with associate editors John Dixon, Nick Hopkins, Russell Luyt and Evanthia Lyons. The deadline for submission of manuscripts is 15 May 2014. According to the editors, they are looking for:
‘…submissions that examine the implications of various conceptualizations of citizenship for people’s everyday lives. This includes the study of how formal definitions of citizenship, as encoded and enforced by government policy, impact upon the perceptions and experiences of citizens and non-citizens; how the informal everyday regulation of the public sphere (such as public space or government services) affects the rights and entitlements of groups or individuals; and how different understandings of citizenship across gender, socioeconomic class and culture lead to different perceptions of what is worthwhile civic behaviour. In particular, we would welcome papers which consider the inclusive potential of concepts of citizenship in facilitating participation across the spectrum of political, civic and community life as well as papers which consider the exclusive nature of citizenship in marginalizing, stigmatizing and denying rights and entitlements to individuals or groups. In addition, we encourage submissions that offer innovative views and/or identify how the psychological study of citizenship might be enriched by other perspectives, within and outside of academia.’