About the Journal

Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice

Intersectionalities is a peer-reviewed, open access journal sponsored by Memorial University's School of Social Work. The journal is international in scope, and publishes articles relating to social work analysis, research, polity, and practice.

All articles undergo double blind peer review, preceded by an initial editor's screening.

Intersectionalities is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's Aid to Scholarly Journals Grant.

Aims and Scope

The journal aims to underscore issues relating to oppression, privilege and resistance in society and social work. Of critical consideration are the ways in which intersections of age, disability, class, poverty, gender and sexual identity, madness, spirituality, geographical (dis)location, rurality, colonialism/imperialism, indigeneity, racialization, ethnicity, citizenship and the environment are enmeshed in processes of social justice and injustice.

The purpose of this journal is to share knowledge and facilitate collaborative discourse amongst social work theorists, practitioners, educators, activists, researchers, and the community members they serve within local, regional and global contexts. The journal seeks to promote social justice by providing a forum for addressing issues of social difference and power in relation to progressive practice, education, scholarly inquiry, and social policy.


The journal seeks to highlight the considerations outlined above within the following themes.

  • Challenges and Future of Social Work: including, but not limited to, globalization, identity issues, public image, competence, evidence, transdisciplinarity, bureaucracy, professional organizations, regulatory bodies, ‘suitability’ issues, and (de)professionalization.
  • Progressive Practice: including, but not limited to, addictions, child welfare, youth engagement, families, gerontological social work, children’s rights, disability issues, homelessness, migration and immigration, community capacity building, mental health user involvement in social work practice, social work practice in areas of political conflict, supporting social movements, mothering, parenting, environmental justice, organizational, and community development.
  • Polity and Social Policy: including, but not limited to, the public sector, homelessness, social work administration and bureaucracy, social planning, service user involvement in policy development, political economy, immigration, activism, social movements and, the impact of political conflict on social work.
  • Social Work Theory: including, but not limited to, reflexivity in practice, praxis, feminisms, radical/structural social work, childhood studies, anti-oppressive practice, political economy, critical theory, critical race theory, critical whiteness studies, anti-colonialism, critical disability studies, childhood studies, Marxism, mad studies, user involvement in research and practice, post-structuralism and postmodernism, queer theories, deconstruction, narrative, interdisciplinarity, epistemology, and social work research methodology.
  • Social Work Education: including, but not limited to, pedagogy, field education, distance delivery, ‘suitability’ issues, user involvement in education, inter-professional education, and accreditation.

The Editors will make every attempt to be inclusive in terms of publishing articles authored not only by seasoned academics but also by new scholars, representatives from professional associations, administrators, social work practitioners, and the community members they serve. Articles are published in the language they are submitted, either English or French. For those authors whose first language is not English or French, attempts will be made to support publication in one of these languages.