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JCP Call for Papers: "Racing" Community Practice

Published on 10/11/2023

Necessary Interventions: "Racing" Community Practice

Guest Editors: Susan Lares Nakaoka, Jason A. Plummer, Larry Ortiz, and Stacey Ault

This special issue focuses on community practice and research that advances racial, economic, and social justice through critical race, abolitionist, or similar theoretical traditions. The editors are interested in manuscripts that move beyond documenting the existence of racial disparities and social injustice towards analysis of race, racism and white supremacy. Race scholars are invited to showcase work that is explicitly and unapologetically anti-racist, anti-oppressive, anti-subordination and liberatory in spirit.

This special issue will provide empirical evidence and conceptual knowledge to help advance social justice with a specific emphasis on race-centered work.

Papers are sought that examine facets of “racing” community practice such as:

  • Social work history that includes and centers individuals and communities of color
  • Emerging CRT-based frameworks for community practice, policy, and education
  • Research on labor organizing/unionization in multi-ethnic workplaces
  • Case studies of ethnic-based non-profits or examples of race-based community development.
  • Examinations of the influences of white supremacy culture on the professionalization of community practice.
  • Exploring the differences between “diversity and inclusion” and anti-racist practices

We will consider submissions that are empirical – qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methodologies; conceptual – thought-provoking pieces that challenge current approaches and offer innovative new ones; or theoretical – papers that develop new theory or reconceptualize extant theory. Preference will be given to work grounded in critical race theory, but other complimentary anti-racist frames are welcomed. We encourage manuscripts that include community partners.

Submission Details:


  • Abstracts: Submit by email to by December 15, 2023. Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words. Clearly identify how the paper is linked to the special issue theme, provide background and purpose, conceptual and/or theoretical framework(s), data and methods of analysis and results, key conclusions, and implications.
  • The Guest Editors will provide abstract dispositions by January 15, 2024.

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