Call for papers: Processes of poverty and social exclusion in the Carpathian Region


The Review of Sociology invites authors to submit English-language quantitative or qualitative studies about the processes of increasing poverty and social exclusion in the Carpathian region. (2015/4 English-language issue of Szociológiai Szemle/Review of Sociology)


Deadline for abstracts: 31st of March 2015.





Call for papers: Processes of poverty and social exclusion in the Carpathian Region

(2015/4 English-language issue of Szociológiai Szemle/Review of Sociology)

After the increase in social inequalities that characterised the post-transition period, income inequality and poverty have again increased during the years of the economic crisis. According to the Eurostat indicators actually Hungary and Romania are among the EU member states with the highest proportion of the population at risk-of-poverty or social exclusion.

Poverty and social exclusion has been shown to have a definite age-profile in this region: most exposed to poverty risks are children (and more recently youth), while poverty among the elderly is below average. Poverty and social exclusion is of course closely related to labour market prospects: those living in households where adults are unemployed, inactive or employed in low-wage jobs are more affected. Education has gained importance as a determinant of labour market chances in the post-transition period and continues to have a major impact on chances of becoming poor or excluded. Poverty and exclusion also have a geographical aspect: the urban/rural divide and the regional aspect of poverty and social exclusion are also marked. Besides these aspects, belonging to minority group has a profound effect on the life-chances in the Carpathian Region. Most importantly, being Roma is associated with a risk of poverty and social exclusion that exceeds the average by large throughout the region.

The Review of Sociology invites authors to submit English-language quantitative or qualitative studies about the processes of increasing poverty and social exclusion in the Carpathian region. Topics of special interest are:

· processes of increasing child poverty

· success of children from disadvantaged groups (poor, minority) in the education system

· educational choices in disadvantaged families

· territorial aspects of inequality

· spatial exclusion and other forms of segregation of the Roma

· survival strategies among poor and marginalised families

· successes and failures of policies aiming at combatting social exclusion

Deadline for abstracts: 31st of March 2015. The abstracts (max. 1000 character) should include a short presentation of the topic studied, describe the scientific relevance of the issue and should present shortly the theoretical framework and the data used for the analysis.

Abstracts should be sent to szociologiai.szemle@szociologi a.hu.

Authors will be notified about acceptance of abstracts by 15th of April 2015. Deadline for submission of completed papers is 15th of June 2015. Completed papers will undergo the usual peer review process, acceptance of abstracts does not guarantee publication in the 2015/4 issue.