JFTR Releases Special Issue on Theorizing Families, Anti-Racism, and Social Justice


NCFR's Journal of Family Theory & Review (JFTR) has published a special issue (Vol. 14, Issue 3) on the theme of promoting anti-racist family scholarship, part of a series across NCFR's three flagship journals. Many of the issue's articles are open access to the public.

JFTR's contribution is “Transformative family scholarship: Theory, practice, and research at the intersection of families, anti-racism, and social justice.” NCFR members Brad van Eeden-Moorefield, Ph.D., CFLE, and Kristy Shih, Ph.D., served as co-guest editors.

In their introduction, the guest editors note this collaboration arrives at a moment in history when people in the U.S. are "more amenable to face and redress the white supremacist ideologies and structured practices of inequity and systemic racism" than in previous times. High profile murders of Black Americans, stressors from the COVID-19 pandemic, and political polarization created a sense of urgency for anti-racist and social justice actions in academia. This momentum resulted in the call for this issue of JFTR to advance theory development on structural racism and racialization of families.

The guest editors believe this new scholarship has the "potential to promote and improve the health and well-being of people and families of color and to further dismantle the systems that perpetuate various inequities (e.g., access to education, health care, employment)."

View all the articles in this special issue.


JFTR seeks to encourage integration and growth in the multidisciplinary and international domains of inquiry that define contemporary Family Science. The journal publishes original contributions in all areas of family theory, including new advances in theory development, reviews of existing theory, and analyses of the interface of theory and method, as well as integrative and theory-based reviews of content areas, and book reviews. Read more.