Call for Papers: Poverty Dynamics – Shame, Blame and Responsibility

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22 Mar 2016

The Call for Papers is now open for DSA2016, the annual conference of the Development Studies Association, taking place at the University of Oxford, 12-14th September. The EADI-DSA Study Group on Multidimensional Poverty and Poverty Dynamics will be organising a panel session.

We invite submissions from across disciplinary backgrounds and methodological approaches that investigate causes of/ solutions to poverty and offer reflection on issues of responsibility, blame and shame, either as a core component of their research or by extension.

Poverty dynamics: shame, blame and responsibility

Convenor: Keetie Roelen (Institute of Development Studies)

Short Abstract

This panel aims to investigate causes of and/or solutions to poverty and offer reflection on issues of responsibility, blame and shame as part of those investigations.

Long Abstract

Research into the causes of poverty and potential solutions inevitably link to questions of responsibility, understandings of which are embedded in structural theories of social reproduction versus individual agency and 'cultures of poverty'. Implicitly or explicitly findings of such research is often used to point fingers, placing the blame with either governments and wider institutions or the poor themselves. This panel aims to unpick questions of responsibility and offer some critical reflection about how research into multidimensional poverty dynamics engages with questions of responsibility without playing into the process of assigning blame and causing shame. Studies investigating individual agency and subjective dimensions of poverty may inadvertently lead to blaming or shaming of the 'poor' with poverty considered to be the result of personal failings rather than structural inequalities.

Please visit the DSA2016 to propose your abstract. The deadline is 25th April.

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