CFP: Vulnerability, social exclusion and the state in the informal
economy (Cape Town)
acjancius at ysu.edu
Mon Aug 21 14:33:00 EDT 2006
Vulnerability, social exclusion and the state in the informal economy
Cape Town, South Africa, 26-28 March 2007
Deadline: September 30, 2006
All across the world, even contexts of significant economic growth,
large numbers of people are still living on the margins, socially
excluded and trapped in poverty.
Increasing attention has fallen on the social dynamics that exclude and
marginalize many of the world’s poor – or which include them in the
broader economy, but on unequal and adverse terms. Explanations of
marginalization appeal to concepts of social exclusion, informality,
adverse incorporation, structural poverty, and vulnerability - and, in
South Africa, the rather more controversial idea of a ‘second economy’
existing alongside but disconnected from the formal economy.
The conference will bring together current knowledge and cutting edge
research on the dynamics of economic marginalization and its
implications, and will interrogate the adequacy of dominant accounts of
It will encourage inter-disciplinary debate explore the power and
adequacy of competing or complementary explanations for the causes of
chronic poverty and continuing vulnerability.
It will create a forum that allows critical debate and creative
discussions between researchers and practitioners (from government and
civil society) practically engaged in poverty reduction, pro-poor
policymaking and implementation and poverty alleviation.
Call for Papers:
Papers are invited for presentation at this conference. In particular,
we welcome the following:
* Papers on the findings of new and innovative research. There will be
an emphasis on research that focuses on the qualitative understanding
of marginalization and vulnerability, or that integrate quantitative
and qualitative approaches.
* Papers exploring practical case studies and experiences ‘on the
ground’ of those in the informal economy or of experience of policy
* Papers reviewing debates, and focussing on conceptual enquiry and
Abstracts (200-300 words) for proposed papers, along with a short
author CV, should be submitted to Lulekwa Gqiba
(info at livingonthemargins.org) no later than 30 September 2006.
Authors will be notified of acceptance by 30 October 2006. Papers will
be due by 31 January 2007, and will be downloadable on the conference
website by 28 February 2007. The conference will be held from 26 – 28
March 2007. Details about registration will be posted on our website:
Conference authors will be invited to have their papers collected for
publication in a journal special edition or a book.
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