Families, Relationships & Societies
An International Journal of Research & Debate
Families, Relationships and Societies (FRS) is a vibrant social science journal advancing scholarship and debates in the field of families and relationships. It explores family life, relationships and generational issues across the life course. Bringing together a range of social science perspectives, with a strong policy and practice focus, it is also strongly informed by sociological theory and the latest methodological approaches. The title 'Families, Relationships and Societies' encompasses the fluidity, complexity and diversity of contemporary social and personal relationships and their need to be understood in the context of different societies and cultures.
International and comprehensive in scope, FRS covers a range of theoretical, methodological and substantive issues, from large scale trends, processes of social change and social inequality to the intricacies of family practices. It welcomes scholarship based on theoretical, qualitative or quantitative analysis. High quality research and scholarship is accepted across a wide range of issues. Examples include family policy, changing relationships between personal life, work and employment, shifting meanings of parenting, issues of care and intimacy, the emergence of digital friendship, shifts in transnational sexual relationships, effects of globalising and individualising forces and the expansion of alternative ways of doing family. Encouraging methodological innovation, and seeking to present work on all stages of the life course, the journal welcomes explorations of relationships and families in all their different guises and across different societies.
Articles and contributions are drawn from a number of disciplines and subject areas including sociology, social policy, social work, childhood studies, demography, youth studies, family studies, gender studies, ageing and gerontology, health and social care, education, psychology, social history, socio-legal studies, politics, criminology, and psycho-social studies.
The applied focus of the journal embraces a diverse global field and encourage a critical engagement with policy and practice developments and issues within and across welfare regimes.
Co-editors: Esther Dermott and Tina Miller
The Open Space section of the Journal Families, Relationships and Societies offers a unique opportunity to consider facets of family lives, relationships and societies from unexpected and novel (including non-academic) perspectives. It offers a dynamic space for critical engagement with contemporary debates, policy and practice initiatives, empirical research and recent publications in the fields of families, relationships and societies. It has the ability to respond quickly to current issues and include new and/or under-represented voices and stories in shorter pieces and through visual and other innovative methods. Open Space encourages dialogue with a broader community than usually found in academic journals and presents alternative perspectives and insights.
Contributions to this section are invited from all subject and disciplinary areas and can explore any topic that falls within the key themes of the journal. Articles can take a wide variety of formats from debates, review articles, policy or practice overviews, or other ways of engaging with the journal’s themes. Submissions range between 1-5,000 words and can be single submissions or grouped around a theme: all require a 75-word abstract.
Please contact the Open Space editors to discuss the area and format of potential contributions, Esther Dermott (Esther.Dermott@bristol.ac.uk) and Tina Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What people are saying about Families, Relationships and Societies
"Families, Relationships, and Societies fills an important niche, providing a forum as dynamic as families themselves to enhance our understanding of the vitality and complexity of relationships today." Jessica L. Collett, University of Notre Dame, USA
"Relate welcomes the launch of Families, Relationships and Societies. Relationship formation, functioning and dissolution are central events in people’s lives, and it is crucial that we advance our understanding of changes. We expect this journal to be of great use to policy makers, and to practice-based organisations like ours." Baroness Claire Tyler, CEO, Relate
"Across the world, family practices and ways of ‘doing’ family are undergoing profound changes. This welcome addition to the field will open up new avenues for international scholarship; counter the stereotype that 'family is primarily about parenting’; and challenge us to think critically about the changing relationship between families and the state. It is also refreshing —and timely — to see older people placed centre stage in these considerations." Professor Miriam Bernard, Director, Centre for Social Gerontology, Keele University and President, the British Society of Gerontology
"Intimate relations - within or outside the family institution - are characterized by dramatic changes as well as by a surprising continuity. This makes the area a hot topic for both research and politics and a foundation for the renewed interest in family research and politics. The new journal Families, Relationships and Societies is a most welcome venue for all of us interested in how 'we do, or could do,' intimate relations and families. " Karin Widerberg, University of Oslo, Norway
"This timely journal will provide an essential locus for work on contemporary family relationships. At last there is the space to create a critical mass of work in this important field." Carol Smart, Professor of Sociology, The Morgan Centre, University of Manchester, UK
Abstracting and indexing
Families, Relationships and Societies is abstracted in Social Science Citation Index, Scopus and Social Care Online.
'People try and police your behaviour': the impact of surveillance on mothers and grandmothers' perceptions and experiences of infant feeding
Authors: Grant, Aimee; Mannay, Dawn; Marzella, Ruby
Let’s stop feeding the risk monster: Towards a social model of ‘child protection’
Authors: Featherstone, Brid; Gupta, Anna; Morris, Kate; Warner, Joanne
Towards a critical ecology of child development in social work: aligning the theories of Bronfenbrenner and Bourdieu
Author: Houston, Stan
Poverty and child neglect – the elephant in the room?
Author: Gupta, Anna
Domestic abuse and women with 'no recourse to public funds': the state's role in shaping and reinforcing coercive control
Author: Dudley, Rebecca Gail
Deadlines for notes of interest: March 1st 2018 (2020 issue) and September 1st 2018 (2021 issue)
Potential special issue editors are requested to send a short proposal (no more than 1000 words) describing the scope of the proposed theme; the papers that it would contain; and the timetable. It should be clear how the special issue to this particular theme fits with the aims and scope of Families, Relationships and Societies. We are looking for an overall analytical and theoretical coherence to the issue. All papers will be subject to the normal double blind peer review process.
Special issues would normally comprise of a short editorial, up to 9 academic articles and 3 Open Space pieces (a special feature of the FRS journal).
Proposals for the March 2020 issue should be submitted by March 1st 2018 and for the March 2021 issue, by September 1st 2018. The Editorial Management Board of the Journal will decide which of the proposals are to be accepted at their next editorial board meetings. The material for the Special Issue will be required in final form at least 3 months in advance of publication.
The person or group submitting the proposal will be expected to act as Guest Editor for the Special Issue, to liaise with contributors with regards to revisions and to produce an issue containing a strong and coherent collection of papers. They will work closely with the FRS Editors.
Proposals should be sent electronically to the FRS administrator at the University of Edinburgh. Send to: email@example.com.
Lynn Jamieson (Editor in Chief), University of Edinburgh, UK
Mary Holmes (Co-Editor), University of Edinburgh, UK
Alison Koslowski (Co-Editor), University of Edinburgh, UK
Esther Dermott (Open Space Editor), University of Bristol, UK
Tina Miller (Open Space Editor), Oxford Brookes University, UK
Sarah Irwin (Associate Editor), University of Leeds, UK
Tracey Reynolds (Associate Editor), University of Greenwich, UK
Jacqui Gabb (EAB Liaison), Open University, UK
Julia Mortimer (Publisher), Policy Press, UK
Sarah Cunningham-Burley, University of Edinburgh, UK
Gudny Bjork Eydal, University of Iceland
Kate Morris, University of Nottingham, UK
Pia Schober, Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen, Germany
France Winddance Twine, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Please direct editorial enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Open Space: Information on how to submit an Open Space contribution
Open Space offers a unique opportunity to consider facets of family lives, relationships and societies from unexpected and novel (including non-academic) perspectives. It offers a dynamic space for critical engagement with contemporary debates, policy and practice initiatives, empirical research and recent publications in the fields of families, relationships and societies. It has the ability to respond quickly to current issues and include new and/or under-represented voices and stories in shorter pieces and through visual and other innovative methods. Open Space encourages dialogue with a broader community than usually found in academic journals, and presents alternative perspectives and insights to those normally found in academic journal publications. Contributions to this section are invited from all subject and disciplinary areas and can explore any topic that falls within the key themes of the journal. Articles can take a wide variety of formats from debates, review articles, policy or practice overviews, or other ways of engaging with the journal’s themes. Submissions range between 1-5,000 words and can be single submissions or grouped around a theme: all require a 75 word abstract. Please contact the Open Space editors to discuss the area and format of potential contributions, Esther Dermott (Esther.Dermott@bristol.ac.uk) and Tina Miller (email@example.com).
Submissions must be completely anonymised and uploaded without preliminary details, such as title, author, affiliations, abstract or keywords in the text file. All submissions will be subject to anonymous peer-review processes (unless stated otherwise) by referees currently working in the appropriate field.
The editors aim to provide quick decisions and to ensure that submission to publication takes the minimum possible time. Please note: submissions that, in the opinion of the editors, have not been anonymised for review will be returned to authors. The final decision on publication rests with the managing editors.
For help submitting an article via Editorial Manager, please view our online tutorial.
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We are currently committed in terms of special issues up to 2019 and have therefore decided to suspend acceptance of special issues proposals for the immediate future.
The Journal will, of course, continue to be ready to consider individual submissions of papers and we will announce the resumption of special issues when this becomes possible.