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 discussion forum for community development over the last 15 years, following on from the 17-year legacy of Community Quarterly journal. To celebrate our 15-year milestone and to reflect on the past, present and future of the ‘craft’ of community development (CD) here and elsewhere, we are seeking articles that:
- Reflect on the history of CD in Australia (or beyond)
- Zoom-in on particular areas in which CD operates or used to operate (for example, how CD can contribute to or generate change in areas of social justice, health, multiculturalism, gender equality, etc.)
- Share and celebrate some of the victories and try to understand some of the ‘defeats’ in our struggles for social justice
- Dream about and spell out the present state of CD and how it could become and remain a force into a future of social and ecological justice
Community Development in Health: Time for a Rebirth?
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.
So, who is to deal with all of that? 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? Australia once had a vibrant ‘community health’ and health promotion infrastructure and orientation (remember the late 1980s and early 1990s!) - What has happened to it? Are community-based responses to health and ‘illth’ still ‘happening’? This issue hopes to offer a picture of the Australian community health landscape!
Community Political Activism
Volume 15, #3, Issue 59
Submissions due: July 25 2017
Community Development has always included strong references to ‘activism’, even if not always in an unequivocally positive – and certainly not uncontested – way. Indeed, ‘social action’ was one third of the famous ‘three models’ division proposed by Jack Rothman in the early ‘60s, and Australian CD literature has reflected these debates and controversies.
Whatever the position, it is clear that political activists have led the way in some of our most important social changes, and the advent of the social media and IT capabilities has certainly deeply changed approaches and methods used to mobilise people for social change. A growing number of research projects and literature about modes and modalities of and for social change are now available. New Community has often contributed to this development.
This issue of New Community hopes to explore some of the current social movements from a CD perspective: How have they grown and maintained their momentum? Is research and systematic reflection applied, and how can we use these to strengthen the movements we’re involved in? 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: the contribution of communities to direct support and to affect political pressure
Volume 15, #4, Issue 60
Submissions due: October 24 2017
Three years ago, New Community dedicated an issue to Refugees (Vol. 12 # 1) and if anything their situation has become worse, especially for those who directly sought Asylum in this country. Indeed, Australia has been repeatedly reprimanded by the UN for policies violating letter and spirit of the Convention Against Torture andOther Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. But largely, so-called ‘bi-partisan agreement’ and a bi-partisan policy stalemates have prevented any positive development in 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 endeavour to deal with those in detention centres as human beings and communicate their stories to the wider community.
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? 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?