Demeter Press CFP: Motherhood and Lone/Single Parenting: A 21st Century Perspective. Abstracts deadline Feb. 15, 2014

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Editor: Dr. Maki Motapanyane, Dept. Humanities, Mount Royal University
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The 21st century sustains one significant commonality with the decades of the preceding century. The majority of individuals parenting on their own and heading one-parent families continue to be mothers. Even so, current trends in (economic, political, cultural) globalization, technological advancement, shifts in political, economic and social policy, contemporary demographic shifts, changing trends in the labor sector linked to global economics, and developments in legislative and judicial output, all signify the distinctiveness of the moment with regard to family patterns and norms. Seeking to contribute to an existing body of literature focused on single motherhood and lone parenting in the 20th century, this collection solicits submissions to appropriately explore and illuminate a more recent landscape of 21st century debates, policies and experiences surrounding single motherhood and one-parent headed families.
Topics can also include (but are not limited to):
Contemporary discourses on the family; Single mother/one-parent headed families and health; Single mother/one-parent headed families and adverse effects (poverty, the contemporary discourse on crime, "at risk youth"); Co-parenting, custody, and collaborative law; parent and child relationships; women choosing lone parenthood; the racialization of single motherhood; teenage motherhood; labor and workforce participation; popular representations and the media; the self-help industry (guides for single parents); the father's rights movement and anti-feminist backlash; Neoliberal reassertions of a public/private divide; single parenting and adoption; queer identified single parents; children's literature (representations of family diversity); cross-cultural perspectives on single motherhood/one-parent families; transnational relationships of inequality (e.g. surrogacy; domestic labor).
Perspectives from a wide range of disciplines and cultural perspectives are welcomed.
Submission Guidelines:
Abstracts: Please send a 250-word description of the proposed paper, including a tentative title. Along with this, please include a 50-word biography and your full contact information. Deadline for abstracts is February 15, 2014.
Full Manuscripts: Please ensure that the manuscript conforms to MLA style, and is 15-18 pages (double-spaced) in length. Final acceptance of the manuscript for inclusion in the collection rests upon the strength and fit of the completed full piece.
Deadline for full manuscripts is October 15, 2014. To Submit: Please direct all submissions and inquiries to Maki Motapanyane at