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Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Communication Strategies for Taboo Topics

Organization: IGI Global
Categories: Digital Humanities, Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2021-09-16 to 2021-09-16 Abstract Due: 2021-06-18

Geoffrey Luurs, Murray State University, United States

Call for Chapters
Proposals Submission Deadline: June 18, 2021
Full Chapters Due: September 16, 2021
Submission Date: September 16, 2021

Communication topic management is a salient issue across the broad range of our relationships. Each of us make determinations about acceptable and unacceptable communication practices and topics as a matter of relational legislation (Miller & Steinberg, 1975). Topic avoidance and topic management are strategies for avoiding conflict over “difficult conversations.” Taboo topics, those conversation topics that are disallowed or “off-limits,” may restrictively frame our relationships and can disallow important communication needed for relational growth. Taboo covers a broad range of topics. Though not an exhaustive list, issues like sexual activity, drug use, relational aggression or violence, bullying, and coping with grief are frequently deemed taboo because the topic itself feels too difficult to discuss. Taboo must be culturally understood. Some cultures view taboo as a positive form of social control (Ndlovu & Ngwenya, 2010) and taboo may indeed help us to better navigate our close relationships (Roloff & Ifert, 1998; Roloff & Johnson, 2001). However, for many, taboo can lead to discrepancies in social support (High & Crowley, 2018), lack of knowledge about important topics like sex education (Hindman & Yan, 2015), and increases in negative health outcomes related to topic avoidance (Moyer-Gusé, Chung, & Jain, 2011). Thus, the purpose of the Handbook of Research on Communication Strategies for Taboo Topics is to provide an in-depth review of cutting edge research related to the concepts and theories surrounding taboo topics and difficult conversations, including, but not limited to conceptualizations, theoretical underpinnings, conceptual analysis, empirical studies, cases and applications, and interventions. In improving our grasp of taboo topics, we can better navigate the difficult conversations we experience at home, at work, and online.

This handbook has two objectives. First, to provide a volume of communication research on taboo that includes a range of methods, strategies, and viewpoints on the value of taboo and topic avoidance. Second, to provide in-depth coverage of the broad range of taboo topics, concepts related to taboo, intercultural perspectives on taboo, and principles for interdisciplinary perspectives on taboo. The goal of this handbook is to give a comprehensive resource to academic researchers, students, and practitioners for use as a reference book and textbook.

Target Audience
This book will be suitable for many audiences, including: Academics, students, researchers, libraries, practitioners from organizations in both the public and private sectors, and policy-makers. This volume is meant to give breadth and depth to difficult conversations and promote healthy discussion about managing taboo topics.

Recommended Topics
1. Foundation Concepts 1a. Definitions of Taboo 1b. History of taboo topics 1c. Health outcomes related to taboo 2. Taboo Contexts 2a. Cultural understandings of taboo 2b. Taboo in interpersonal relationships at home 2c. Taboo in interpersonal relationships at work 2d. Taboo online 3. Taboo topics 3a. Sexual activity/sexual orientation/gender identity 3b. Drug use 3c. Interpersonal violence 3d. Bullying 3e. Grief 4. Strategies for managing taboo topics 5. Health outcomes related to communication taboo

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before June 18, 2021, 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 June 2, 2021 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by September 16, 2021, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at https://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ 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: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Handbook of Research on Communication Strategies for Taboo Topics. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit https://www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2022.


Important Dates
June 18, 2021: Proposal Submission Deadline
June 2, 2021: Notification of Acceptance
September 16, 2021: Full Chapter Submission
November 14, 2021: Review Results Returned
December 26, 2021: Final Acceptance Notification
January 9, 2022: Final Chapter Submission



Geoffrey Luurs
Murray State University



Geoffrey Luurs