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Call for papers, deadline February 1, 2018


Safety Nets of Individuals in Disadvantaged Positions


2018 Sunbelt Conference


Utrecht, the Netherlands, June 26 – July 1 2018


Organizers: Basak Bilecen & Miranda Lubbers



In this neoliberal era of state retrenchment and privatization of risk, individuals and communities in disadvantaged positions, such as immigrants and people coping with poverty, are more marginalized. To cope with social risks and have 'better' life chances, they draw on formal and informal resources. At the formal level, they can extract or negotiate state infrastructures. In the case of migrants, they can do so in countries of origin, transit, and destination. At the informal level they can rely on support from their personal networks for useful resources such as economic support, information on jobs, housing, and education. But to what extent can personal networks offer social support to individuals in disadvantaged positions? How does informal support interact with formal support? How are gender, ethnicity, and class related to the networks and resource flows? This panel will discuss personal networks as safety nets for individuals and households in disadvantaged positions.




We welcome abstracts of no more than 500 words for 20-minute paper presentations submitted through the conference website: https://sunbelt.sites.uu.nl/abstract-submission/. Submissions are due 1 February 2018, and authors of accepted papers will be notified by March 2018. If you have any questions please contact us at [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask].


We look forward to your submissions and discussing your work at the conference.


Best wishes,


Basak & Miranda



Bašak Bilecen

Assistant Professor of Sociology

University of Groningen, the Netherlands


John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow

Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies Harvard University

27 Kirkland Street

Cambridge MA 02138

Phone: +1 617-998-5424



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