CALL FOR PAPERS - Dossier: Urban childhood in Social Sciences: problems and methodological challenges

Period for submission of articles: July 1, 2021 - October 30, 2021
Organizers: Levindo Diniz Carvalho (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, UFMG, Brasil); Eunice Castro Seixas (SOCIUS, ISEG, Universidade de Lisboa,  Portugal); Paulo Castro Seixas  (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal).
This special number aims to give visibility to contemporary debates on urban childhood in the social sciences.  

It is intended to bring together productions that reveal how the analysis of the relationship of children with the city - split, unequal and excluding, can be carried out at various levels, enabling both the understanding of structural elements about childhood in a given urban territory, and the analysis of ways in which children from different social groups participate, circulate and interact with the city, taking into account, gender, class or ethnic-racial crossings. 

On the one hand, the effects of the neo liberal model on Latin American cities present transformations that are different from European cities, with emphasis on the privatization of public spaces, segregation and socio-racial differentiation, impoverishment, urban violence and precarious public transport.

On the other hand, the analyis of children through the focus of human dignity and their right to the city is even more necessary in contexts of crises and disasters such as the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Indeed, the health crisis has generated changes in urban sociability, visible for example in the increase in the occurrence of social conflicts, and the stigmatization of marginalized social groups.

In this sense, we are interested in works that investigate childhood by contextualizing it within the dynamics of power that structrure socio-spatial, intra and inter-generational relations and urbanity itself, in themes such as: Right to the city and children's rights; Childhood and city in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic; Urban resilience and child resilience; Children’s participation and urban planning; Presence and social action of the child in the public space; School and city relations; Child mobility in the city; Socio-spatial interventions with / for children; Architecture, Education and Childhood; Childhood and New Urbanism; Children in urban collectives and social movements; Urban policies and social protection, among others.