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Philosophy and Child Poverty

Call for Publications

Theme: Philosophy and Child Poverty
Publication: Edited Volume in the Springer Book Series "Philosophy and
Deadline: 30.9.2017

Philosophy and Child Poverty
edited by Nicolás Brando, Gunter Graf and Gottfried Schweiger
to be published as part of the Springer Book Series "Philosophy and

We are opening a call for contributions to this edited volume. If
interested, please submit your abstract (max. 800 words) as soon as
possible, the latest deadline 30 September 2017. Decisions will be
communicated within two weeks after. The deadline for the final
versions of chapters is 30 April 2018. It is envisaged to publish the
whole volume as an open access book. For submission of abstracts and
further information please send an email to:

The proposed book intends to be the first of its kind to examine
child poverty from a philosophical perspective. Although the
philosophical literature on both poverty and childhood is certainly
increasing, the status of children living in poverty has been largely
ignored. We consider that the particular condition of children and
the justice-related issues that stem from it compels us to look more
deeply into the particular sources, disadvantages and
responsibilities of and towards children living in poverty. With this
aim in mind, the book intends to fill a significant gap of
child-specific philosophical discussions on poverty by bringing
together original contributions from an international group of
scholars who can shed light on this important topic.

This edited volume aims to offer a broad and diverse reflection of
the ways in which child poverty could be conceptualized, measured and
the ways in which it is intertwined with childhood as a specific
social condition. Furthermore, the responsibilities towards children
and the possible mechanisms required for dealing with this condition
both as a domestic and a global phenomenon will be analyzed and
clarified. This book aims at exploring the ways in which
philosophical reflection may feed into child poverty research. The
following topics have been identified crucial for that matter:

I. Conceptualization, Measurement and Evaluation of Child Poverty

An important task at hand is to explore the ways in which
philosophical and ethical research may contribute to our
understanding of poverty during childhood. Possible issues to deal
with could be, but are not restricted to:

- The role that philosophy may play in child poverty research.
- Definitions of child poverty.
- Metrics of justice for assessing poverty during childhood?
 (capabilities, survival, income, etc.).
- Differences and similarities in ethical reflections on child
 poverty and poverty in general.
- The dimensions of poverty during childhood: welfare, health,
 nutrition, education, capabilities, relational resources.

II. The Condition of Children Living in Poverty

The peculiar position of children in our society and their condition
as especially vulnerable and dependent beings demands a reflection on
how their characteristics makes them relevant subjects of justice,
and on how the social institutions that surround them may frame their
deprived condition. Possible issues to deal with could be, but are
not restricted to:

- The child’s condition and its impact on child poverty:
 Vulnerability, dependence, agency, resilience.
- Poverty and the family: intra-household inequality,
 intergenerational transmission of poverty, poverty and social ethos.
- Gender, race, minority status, disability, and other factors as
 fundamental for understanding childhood poverty.
- Work, State and School: child slavery, forced labour, out-of-school
- Child Poverty and Global Issues: Child refugees and migration, the
 global economy and children.

III. Responsibility and Policy Mechanisms

Many social institutions and agents play a determinant role on a
child’s life, and the sources of responsibility towards the
alleviation of childhood poverty may rest in many hands. The last
part of the book intends to explore the potential ways in which
responsibility may be assigned, and possible mechanisms that could
deal with poverty during childhood. Possible issues to deal with
could be, but are not restricted to:

- What kind of duties do we have towards child poverty?
- How to distribute responsibility over child poverty? The role of
 the family, the state, global initiatives.
- Structural injustices of child poverty and how to tackle them.
- The international community and global responsibilities:
 Sustainable Development Goals, the UN, UNICEF, aid.
- How to alleviate child poverty? Education as a source of change,
 sustainable development, structural mechanisms, bottom-up/top-down
- The role and responsibilities of children themselves in dealing
 with their poverty.

Nicolás Brando – Nicolas.Brando(at)
Gunter Graf - ggraf(at)
Gottfried Schweiger - Gottfried.Schweiger(at)