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*Call for abstracts - Sunbelt 2019


*Title: *Social Network Analysis in Social Work and in Third Sector 

*Organizer:*Andrea Salvini (Department of Political Sciences, University 
of Pisa)

*Session Description: *This session welcomes papers concerning the 
adoption of the network perspective in professional social work and, 
more generally, in social intervention carried out by public 
institutions and third sector organizations - mainly through 
inter-organizational networks. The aim is to collect both theoretical 
and empirical contributions that highlight the benefits, but also the 
possible limits, of the application of SNA methods and techniques in the 
analysis of social exclusion phenomena and in the construction of 
effective social interventions to reduce social unease of individuals, 
families and social groups in specific territorial areas. Particular 
emphasis will be given to the experiences that describe the use of SNA 
in the activity of social workers but also of professionals working in 
the social and welfare field within third sector and public organizations.

The adoption of the SNA within the professional activity of social 
workers is still rather limited, and more generally, it is not still 
fully recognized as an empirical and theoretical perspective able to 
support the action of social workers, that is still excessively oriented 
towards case-work. The importance of adopting SNA in professional social 
work is rooted in the conviction that the causes that generate phenomena 
and processes of social exclusion have a relational and structural 
nature that can be more effectively analyzed and dealt through the 
adoption of the SNA perspective. Moreover, SNA can also be an effective 
perspective in the analysis of inter-organizational social interventions 
involving both public institutions and third sector organizations.

*Abstracts can be submitted at 
<>* by 
February 1, 2019.*

Andrea Salvini

Prof. Andrea Salvini
Professor of Sociology and Social Research Methodology
Department of Political Science - University of Pisa
Director of the Bachelor Program in Social Work and the
Master Program in Sociology and Management of Social Services
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