CFP Culture, Migration & Health Communication in Global Context

Culture, Migration, and Health Communication in the Global Context

Dr. Yuping Mao, Assistant Professor
Department of Media and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Dr. Rukhsana Ahmed, Associate Professor
Department of Communication, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Proposal Submission Deadline: January 15, 2015

Overview of the Book:
With the globalization of the world, there is increasing migration happening across geographic regions within a country or across different countries. The migrant populations keep some of their original cultures with them that influence their communication about health outcomes. Meanwhile, migrant populations are constantly exposed to and adopting cultural values and practices in their host countries or regions, which gradually alter their health related communication and behaviors. On the one hand, migrants’ health communication and behaviors have become an important social topic in many countries especially in North America and some European countries with a relatively long history of having immigrants from other countries. On the other hand, in countries like China, urbanization accelerates migration within the country, primarily with economically and socially disadvantaged population migrating from rural to urban areas. Both international and internal migration bring new challenges to public health systems. Our edited book aims to critically review theoretical frameworks and literature, as well as discuss new practices and lessons related to culture, migration, and health communication in different countries.

Scope and Recommended Topics:
We invite chapters that critically review the strengths and limitations of widely applied theoretical frameworks such as assimilation, acculturation, cultural adaptation, culture-centered approach, cultural safety, cultural competency, and intercultural sensitivity. The review of those theoretical frameworks should be embedded in public health and health communication contexts.

Taking a communication perspective, this edited book will examine how differences among different cultural communities relate to health communication at interpersonal, group, and societal levels. We are interested but not limited to chapters on the following topics:
* Health communication disparities among immigrant groups
* Health information diffusion among migrant groups
* Social support and migrant groups’ health communication

This edited book will also discuss how content and format of media in combination with other social factors such as social capital and social networks influence individuals’ health beliefs and behaviors. For instance, we are interested in receiving book chapters on the following topics:
* Comprehensive literature on media effects on migrants’ health behaviors
* Media coverage and public discourse on migrants’ health
* Media campaigns and migrant population

Health communication is always situated in certain social, political, historical, and cultural contexts. This book addresses a few important contextual factors that practitioners and researchers need to be aware of in research, practice, and policy making. As such we also solicit stimulating health communication cases on immigrants’ health to be included with in-depth analysis of their unique contexts.

Target Audience:
The target audience for this book will consist of upper-level undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members and practitioners in both communication studies and health sciences, as well as their respective allied fields such as media studies, telecommunications, journalism, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, medical science, nursing, public health, psychology/psychiatry, and medical informatics. In addition to speaking to an academic audience, authors are encouraged to write so as to provide valuable information and resources to practitioners, administrators, and policy makers working in the health sector.

Submission Guidelines:
Chapter proposals should include the following components:
1.  A title page with contact information for all authors;
2.  A 750-1200 word (including references), single-spaced  extended abstract clearly explaining:
*  The purpose and the contents of the proposed chapter; and
*  How the proposed chapter relates to the overall objectives of the book;
3.  A working bibliography – a list of potential resources for your chapter done in APA style (6th edition); and,
4.  A brief biographical statement (maximum 200 words) written in the third person containing the following information:
*  Current position and affiliation;
*  Highest degree held, field, and institution granting that degree; and,
*  Current area of research and/or current research project.

Submission Format and Procedures:
Please e-mail your title page, 750-1200 word extended abstract, working bibliography, and brief biographical statement (maximum 200 words) as a Word attachment (combine all files) to Dr. Yuping Mao and Dr. Rukhsana Ahmed no later than January 15, 2015. Full chapters should be between 6,000-8,000 words, including references.

Important Dates:
Chapter Proposal Due: January 15, 2015
Notification of Acceptance, and Chapter Submission Guidelines: March 15, 2015
First Draft of Full Chapters Due: July 15, 2015
Review Result Returned: September 15, 5
Revised Draft of Final Chapters (as needed) Due: November 1, 2015

NOTE: All written work should be prepared in English and conform to APA style (6th edition). Submitted work must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. The editors will review all complete chapter proposals; however, there is no guarantee of eventual publication.

Critical Cultural Studies in Global Health Communication


Critical Cultural Studies in Global Health Communication
Series Editors: Mohan J. Dutta, Purdue University & Ambar Basu, University of South Florida

Global changes in migratory patterns, the increasing health inequalities faced by the poor, the health risks faced by communities at the margins of global societies, and the communicative nature of health problems have drawn additional attention to the relevance of studying health communication processes across global cultures.  This series will challenge West-centric ideals of health and human behavior by publishing theoretically- provocative, pedagogically-critical volumes addressing the intersection of communication principles and practices with health concepts and structures. The series editors seek book proposals that address (a) the storied nature of health communication practices that are globally situated; (b) structurally-constituted nature of health communication; (c) individual and collective processes of communicating through which cultures negotiate meanings of health; and (d) local-global processes of participation and organizing through which local communities seek to bring about transformations in unhealthy global structures.  The intent of the series is to foreground knowledge that creates openings for transforming structures of injustice and exploitation underlying global health inequalities.

Books in the series will be single authored books or strategic edited volumes making coherent arguments about the intersections of globalization and health. Although the series will occasionally publish research monographs based on comparative global research, the emphasis will be on publishing topical books that can be used both as advanced undergraduate-graduate texts as well as reference materials. Manuscript proposals should be addressed to series Co-editor Mohan J. Dutta at <>