Call for papers - Artha April-June 2021

2020-08-11

While there has been an immediate economic impact in terms of downward revisions of economic growths in countries across the world, at the ground it has been felt in terms of job losses and reduction in pay. Initial reports reveal that the marginalised groups in society which have been at a disadvantage, are more vulnerable than other groups. The Pandemic has resulted in widespread return of migrant workers to their places of origin following lockdowns in their places of work, and has triggered what is being considered to be the worst domestic migration crisis in India after the Partition in the subcontinent. There are predictions that 2020 might witness a ‘Global Hunger Pandemic’ due to the losses of livelihoods, disruptions in food production, and breaks in supply chain management.

There have been changes in the way the workspace is structured with focus on working from home (WFH) across sectors which had not adopted this model before the outbreak of the Pandemic. The Pandemic has given rise to changes in the way institutions of education operate as also moving their core processes such as teaching, learning, and assessment completely to digital platforms. This has also followed a work and study from home model. This has, however, reinforced the digital divide in a country like India where approximately 50% of the population has access to the internet.

These shifts have resulted in changes in the way space itself is understood and disruptions in the family as the separation of domestic and other spaces have started to break down. There are also reports of increasing incidences of domestic violence and other forms of abuse. Mental Health concerns have also emerged and are often attributed to these changes and the extended social distancing norms.

Neighborhoods and Resident Welfare Associations in urban India have assumed greater responsibility while they have had to cope with the disruptive changes that were brought about. Sociologists and Social Workers have to engage with these shifts and examine how society is coping with what is being considered today to be the ‘new normal’. Manuscripts are invited from academicians to address the issues that have been touched upon. Submissions can address (but are not restricted to) the following themes:

  • Social and physical distancing and its impact
  • Work-life balance
  • Changing workspaces
  • Community living/ neighbourhoods in transition
  • Digital divide
  • Family and Childhood
  • Leisure in the ‘new normal’
  • Migration 
  • Changing livelihoods
  • Public Health