Call | Poverty, Social Exclusion and Social Policies

Call for papers | Poverty, Social Exclusion and Social Policies


Fernando Diogo (U.Açores)

Pedro Perista (CESIS)

Paula Campos Pinto (ISCSP-UNL)

The Section of 'Poverty, Social Exclusion and Social Policies' was created with the aim of promoting a theme associated with the genesis of Sociology itself, in the context of the transformations that permeate current societies, covering a range of social problems whose political and scientific relevance cannot fail to be at the center of the concerns of all professionals.

In a world where we have witnessed the increase in inequalities, with multidimensional, intersectional and cumulative characteristics, it is particularly relevant:

i) Reflect on how the dynamics of Portuguese society configure and reconfigure the experiences of poverty and exclusion;

ii) Describe, interrogate and problematize the configurations that poverty and exclusion, and people in situation of poverty and exclusion, assume in a socio-economic context in rapid change;

iii) Analyse and question the responses offered by public policies and the role of the State itself;

iv) Interrogate discourses on poverty, social exclusion and social policies in relation to the dynamics of socio-economic development, providing contributions on new approaches and ideas around concepts;

v) Show how the multiple crises, which since 2008 have afflicted the country and the world, including the current ones, impact the issues described in the previous points.

Starting from these five axes of reflection, we call for the participation of those interested in submitting communication proposals or posters, by sending an abstract. Special emphasis will be given to proposals, from the academic or professional environment, that present empirical results and/or that problematize, in an innovative way, the concepts and/or the central policies of the field, as well as those that reveal the impacts of crises.

It is essential that the abstract briefly identifies the theoretical framework of the communication (including the main authors) or the diagnosis of the situation (in the case of communications from the professional environment), the methodology used for the empirical work (when applicable) and the main results to be addressed.

The Section will develop an online table, under the terms defined by the general organization of the congress, at a time and date compatible with the in-person tables, and with five seats. If the number of applications for this table exceeds the number of slots, these will be prorated.

The rules and deadlines to consider for the submission of abstracts, as well as more information about the XII Portuguese Congress of Sociology, can be consulted on the APS website at

The Thematic Section's coordination will select the best communications to be proposed for publication in the journal SOCIOLOGIA ON LINE

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