Call for Papers: Special Issue on Recognising Recognition

Recognising Recognition: Interdisciplinary insights into self-other dynamics in everyday encounters and experiences

At the core of what makes humans, and their behaviour, social, is the interplay between self and other. Our identities, for example, are essential to our functioning as social beings as they allow us to make sense of ourselves, and others, across different contexts. We care about how others see us and achieving congruence between how we see ourselves, how we think relevant others see us, and indeed how relevant others actually see us in turn, becomes integral for achieving a positive sense of self. Therefore, humans require recognition from relevant others. This recognition can take many different forms, from legal recognition of one’s rights in society, to social recognition of one’s belonging to different groups. Moreover, the absence of recognition can lead to serious repercussions and consequences, resulting, on an individual level, in a reduced mode of being and feelings of exclusion, and on a social and political level, in tensions and conflict.

The current special issue aims take an interdisciplinary approach to bringing together scholars from sociology, philosophy, psychology and political science to contribute to the growing debates and discussions around the importance of understanding recognition and its role in social behaviour. In doing so, the aim is to connect diverse literatures that are giving an increased attention to ‘meta-knowledge’ and ‘meta-perspectives’ as key dimensions of inquiry within identity and intergroup relations research. Thus, in emphasising the role of others in these processes, we are able to shed light on deeper understandings of everyday encounters and experiences that are centred, explicitly, in self-other dynamics.

If interested, please submit your abstract to the guest editors by 8th March:

Sandra Obradovic (Sandra.obradovic@open.ac.uk) or Amena Amer (A.Amer@greenwich.ac.uk)

Special Issue: Timeline

  • Abstracts: by 8th March 2021
  • Decision on invited manuscripts: 15th March 2021
  • First manuscript: October 1st 2021
  • Reviewer Comments: 1st January 2022
  • Final drafts: 1st March 2022
  • Publication: Late Spring 2022

Manuscript wordcount: 7-8000 words (excluding references). 

Journal Information:

Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour advances understanding of people acting, interacting and communicating in the social world of other people, institutions, and material and symbolic culture.
The Journal publishes articles that challenge theoretical assumptions, develop productive theories, or translate those advances into innovative methods for research. We welcome articles from any relevant field such as psychology, sociology, communication, social policy, management, philosophy and anthropology.

Aims and Scope

Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour publishes original articles that feature conceptual, rather than empirical analyses, of theoretical and methodological issues relating to social behaviour.


The Journal does not publish articles that: are principally empirical; focus on non-social behaviour; lack interdisciplinary appeal; are purely technical; ignore situated human agency; or that fail to make a substantive contribution to theories of social behaviour.