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Call for Papers: Advances in Medical Sociology – Immigration and Health Issue

Posted: 11/14/2016 (Conference)

This is a call for paper proposals for Volume 19 of Advances in Medical Sociology, which will focus broadly on immigration and health. Additional information on the aims and scope of the volume is provided below. Articles may be empirical contributions or critical commentaries, and may be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Each volume of Advances in Medical Sociology takes a focused approach to one subject or area of research, similar to a journal special issue. All papers are rigorously peer-reviewed, and the series is abstracted and indexed by Scopus and SocINDEX. If interested in contributing, please submit a one-page proposal detailing the purpose, methodology/approach, findings, implications, and originality/value of the paper. Proposals are due no later than February 1, 2017. Please send these to Reanne Frank, Volume Editor, at

Volume 19 Aims and Scope:

Presently, immigrants constitute over 13 percent of the total U.S. population and, together, immigrants and their U.S.-born children are projected to account for over one-third of all Americans by 2065. Alongside these growth patterns, heated debates over the costs of immigration to the nation have emerged, with a substantial number of Americans expressing the view that immigrants are a burden to the country, drain public benefit programs, and negatively impact the nation’s health and wellbeing. Given that these views run counter to much of the existing evidence, a special volume dedicated to immigrant health provides scholars with an important platform to re-orient present debates and shed new light on our understandings of population health more broadly. Too often, the topic of immigrant health fails to be grounded in core sociological concepts such as stratification and inequality. Volume 19 of Advances in Medical Sociology will leverage a population health perspective to help unravel the patterns and paradoxes of immigrant health, and in doing so, help to clarify more broadly how health disparities emerge and persist in the contemporary U.S.

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to the immigrant health paradox, health selection, social and structural perspectives on immigrant health, the role of social ties and documentation status, residential segregation and ethnic enclaves, health care provision, discrimination and its consequences for the mental and/or physical health of immigrants, segmented assimilation and the health of children of immigrants, food insecurity and economic hardship, mixed documentation status families, and comparative cross-national perspectives.

For more information about Advances in Medical Sociology, visit its website.

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Deadline: 02/01/2017