Proposal Submission Deadline: 1st of December 2017

Book title For Emerald publisher:

Social Solidarity in Practice for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

A book edited by:

Dimitria Groutsis, University of Sydney Business School, University of Sydney Australia
Olivia Kyriakidou (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece)
Joana Vassilopoulou (Brunel Business School, Brunel University London, UK)
Mustafa Ozbilgin (Brunel Business School, Brunel University London, UK) 


Topic of the book

It is no coincidence that the concept of solidarity is returning to the center of social debates in many Western European countries. Society and organizations are becoming more diverse owing to, among other factors, increased cross-border mobility and international migration, less-rigid gender roles and processes of individualization. Such diversity together with neoliberal economic restructuring have created a situation of socio-political turmoil not dissimilar from the historical conditions under which the modern concept of solidarity emerged. Although the effects of social change on solidarity are always politically mediated – and therefore, vary significantly between countries – the Europe-wide debates on the ‘failure of multiculturalism’ testify to the declining support for solidarity mechanisms under conditions of growing ethnic and cultural diversity. Moreover, the diversity of lifestyles, value systems and experiences has consequences for social solidarity, and the self-conception and internal integration of societies and organizations. However, its precise impact is in many ways unclear. Intensified and fine-grained research is urgently needed as the effects of diversity are often the subject of controversial political agendas and debates. In response, this edited volume explores innovative forms of solidarity emerging under conditions of increasing diversity. To date, knowledge about the factors that affect the capacity of societies and organizations to constructively use the potential arising from increasing diversity, and about how individuals, social groups, organizations and societies deal with diversity, is limited. Our basic assumption is that classic conceptualizations of solidarity remain relevant, but need to be rethought to match rapidly changing societal conditions. We believe that the study and practice of solidarity is performative in that it fosters our understanding of the potentialities of alternatives within and beyond the current economic system.   The book hopes to include chapters that approach solidarity in terms of the actual interpersonal and relational practices of those diverse individuals present in a particular location. Such practices have the capacity to redefine communities and provide the foundations for new and innovative forms of solidarity. Understanding the relational practices of diverse people as acts of citizenship could move us towards a political understanding of community where community is not conceived only in terms of cohesive social relationships, but primarily in terms of whether issues of social justice, such as material redistribution, political representation and cultural recognition, can be raised and made visible.  Solidarity for equality, diversity and inclusion is strongly related to social interactions being performed in specific contexts without ignoring the discursive aspects of space as an identity resource and as a fundamental facet of ‘lived lives’. Space constitutes a dynamic resource that is both active and activated in body performances that have implications for how individuals interact with others and develop their solidarity and how lives of inclusion and exclusion are drawn and maintained. Space thus carries meanings (e.g. around gender, around sexuality, around solidarity) that are continually brought into existence by the relative practices of individuals within them. Accordingly, this book will include chapters that will try to understand how coalitions, solidarities, belongings and separations are experienced by drawing on spatial aspects and how space is implicated in the management of diverse identities and the de-/construction of heteronormative societal conditions. Moreover, the book hopes to include chapters that explore the politics of diversity. In other words, it is argued that if we want to advance knowledge regarding social solidarity for equality, diversity and inclusion we need to explore the political and contested nature of workforce diversity and the management of it.  Solidarity for equality, diversity and inclusion will also be explored from the lens of international mobility. The book will include chapters that explore the many and varied issues around solidarity and equality, diversity and inclusion that people face when moving from one country to another. One of the most important manifestations of globalization is increasing international mobility. Prevailing motives for workers to migrate internationally are better employment opportunities and the eternal hope for improved economic and social well-being. There are, however, other reasons for international mobility, such as study abroad, becoming a refugee, a political asylum seeker or a self-initiated expatriate. These less explored aspects are overlooked in the broader international mobility literature. Accordingly, this book will explore a number of issues related to either work or non-work situations or contexts at societal, organizational and/or individual levels in order to deliver improved equality, diversity, inclusion and solidarity outcomes for internationally mobile people. 

The book also invites chapters that address the fundamental question of whether solidarity transforms the existing social structures or is geared towards integration in the existing social structures. It will seek chapters that develop innovative insights in the way alternative economies produce and reproduce alternative organizational alternatives for experiencing new forms of ownerships, funding, decision-making, leadership and communication. Lastly, the book hopes to include empirical chapters which present forms of solidarity for diversity, equality and inclusion, involving social cooperatives, grass-roots movements, NGOs, trade unions, diversity and human rights advocates, policy makers, etc. 


Topics for chapters

The book will include chapters which explore forms of solidarity emerging under conditions of increasing diversity. The book will welcome theoretical and empirical chapters on the following areas: a) Solidarity and the relational practices of diverse individualsb) Coalitions, space and solidarity in a heteronormative societyc) The politics of diversityd) Social solidarity and international mobilitye) Transformational or integrational social solidarity for diversityf) Intersectional solidarity for diversity, equality and inclusiong) Emancipatory forms of organizing for social solidarity in the workplace The book also welcomes theoretical/empirical chapters, which explore forms of solidarity emerging from the work and practices of trade unions, social corporates, grass-roots movements, NGOs, policy makers, diversity and human rights advocates, etc.  Finally, the book invites comparative chapters as well as single country cases, which highlight the impact of the context of the respective country or countries on how solidarity has been expressed under conditions of increasing diversity.


Important Dates:

1st December 2017: Proposal Submission Deadline

1st March 2018: Chapter submission

1st May 2018: Authors will receive feedback.

1st July 2018: Full chapters with first revisions due.

15th September 2018: Full chapters due.


Submission Procedure:
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before 1st of December 2017, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by 30th of December 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by 1st March 2018.  For manuscript submissions all interested authors must consult the Emerald Author Guidelines at:

and Best Practice Guidelines at:  

Prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

  • For the list of the contributors, please institution affiliation, up-to-date email address and postal address.
  • Please provide a biography of no more than 150 words for the about the Authors section.
  • When totalling pagination we work on the average of 390 words per page and two tables/figures per page. Please take tables and figures into account when working towards a word limit.
  • Each chapter must include an abstract.  
  • Permissions must be sought by the authors for any third-party materials to be reproduced (Please find the permissions request form template and permissions checklist attached).
  • **Please note that it is the authors' responsibility to obtain permission for all 3rd party material to be reproduced (e.g. copyrighted figures, tables, long quotations, etc.) and that this should be obtained prior to submission of the volume.**
  • A Chapter Transfer Agreement Form for each chapter of the book which must be completed with all author details and signed by the lead contributor (Please find the template attached). I have attached the form that will mostly be used, however we also have a non-exclusive form and a exclusive form. The Chapter Transfer Agreement is when the author assigns copyright to Emerald and the paper can be fully disseminated. Exclusive means that Emerald are the first publisher to produce this work but the author cannot sign the copyright form due to funding or employment restrictions. Non-exclusive would be if Emerald are republishing a paper from another Publisher or a translation. For the exclusive and the non-exclusive licences there may be dissemination restrictions due to the nature of these licences. These are all available in PDF and in Word. If you require the other forms please let me know and I can send these to you. Just to clarify that we need a signed form for each chapter and it must be hand signed by the lead author. However, it must contain the contact details for all the authors of that chapter, in order for all contributors to receive their complimentary copy of the book upon publication.


Please forward Inquiries to: 

Dr Dimitria Groutsis, University of Sydney Business School, University of Sydney Australia This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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