New Community - A Quarterly Journal
**Call for article contributions 2017**
Would you like to contribute to New Community Journal? Below are our upcoming themes for Volume 14 (2016) - please get in touch if you are inspired to contribute to any of these publications!
New Community Journal 15 Years Celebration: The past and future of Community Development
Volume 15, #1, Issue 57
Submissions due: February 15 2017
New Community journal has been a repository for community development over the last 15 years. Help us celebrate! For this edition we are seeking articles that:
- Give an overview of the history of community development in Australia (or beyond)
- Provide a history of a particular area within community development (for example, how community development has influenced change in areas of social justice, such as people seeking asylum, gender equality, etc)
- Highlight areas for celebration of the contribution of community development practices to social justice
- Provide a projection into the future of Community Development
Health: Community responses to caring, carers and community health
Volume 15, #2, Issue 58
Submissions due: April 18 2017
Australians’ health remains in a state of contradictions; we enjoy one of the world’s highest life expectancies and live more years free of disability; our apparently sophisticated, innovative and ever more specialised care for those who are sick contrasts with great disparities in access to services (the scandalous ‘gap’ in the health conditions and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples being the litmus test). Further, most deaths result from chronic conditions rather than ‘acute’ illnesses, mostly a consequence of changes in our lifestyle.
The State is caught between accusations of being a ‘nanny’ and of ‘not doing enough’; neo-liberalism wants the state ‘out’ and markets ‘in’; prevention is part of personal responsibility, but stresses on our health are induced by economic and ecological realities and impositions. Where does that leave ‘community health care’?
What does it take to create and maintain healthy communities? What effect has the neo-liberal paradigm shift had on community health? Where has the community stepped in when the government has stepped out?
What community responses are already in place to care for our citizens, especially the most vulnerable? What do our best-practice models look like? And what place, value and support do carers have in our health system?
Community Political Activism
Volume 15, #3, Issue 59
Submissions due: July 25 2017
Political activists have led the way in some of our most important social changes; the advent of the social media and IT capabilities has certainly deeply changed approaches and methods used to mobilise people for social change. Increased research and literature about modes and modalities of and for social change give activists considerable knowledge and know-how to empower the change movements.
This issue of New Community hopes to explore some of the current social movements from a CD perspective: How have the movements grown and how have they maintained their momentum? What research underlies our approaches and how can we best use these to strengthen our movements? Which new methods of social activism are emerging and how effective are they in reaching their intentions? And how do locally-based community actions contribute to larger social movements?
Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Community supports and political pressures
Volume 15, #4, Issue 60
Submissions due: October 24 2017
Australia has been repeatedly reprimanded by the United Nations for asylum seeker policies violating the letter and spirit of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. These reproaches seemingly have had little effect on the approach that consecutive governments have taken towards the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. Indeed, reports of abhorrent treatment and systematic cruelty and violence creating untold trauma continue to shock that part of the Australian public that has maintained a trace of humanity and compassion.
However, we also see communities attempting to protest and resist the imposed policies and procedures; people gather to welcome refugees, finding ways to alleviate the consequences of their treatment. Citizens endeavor to humanise those in detention centres and bring their stories to the wider communities.
We invite stories about community initiatives working with refugees and asylum seekers: What is effective and what are the pressures and pitfalls, as well as the strategies? What community groups are pushing for systemic change and what kind of effect are they having? Where are refugees and asylum seekers being welcomed into the community, so that we can share these experiences? And what happens once people have been granted an Australian visa - what opportunities and community supports are available and how do they operate and sustain themselves?