Call | Civil Society, Alternative Economies, Volunteering

Call for papers | Civil Society, Alternative Economies, Volunteering


Raquel Rego (ICS-Lisboa)

Sílvia Ferreira (CES-FEUC)

Cristina Parente (ISUP - FLUP)

Multiple terms and expressions can be used to indicate social phenomena that shape Portuguese society and, more generally, contemporary societies, regarding the organised forms of civil society. Non-governmental organisations, non-profit organisations, third sector, social economy, solidarity economy, popular economy and micro entrepreneurship, social enterprises, social and collective entrepreneurship, voluntary sector, advocates, activists, social movements, civic participation… There are numerous possibilities to indicate the involvement of individuals in society, often collectively and more or less organised, to produce goods and services to answer to needs and aspirations, to intervene in representation of its members or in defence of common interests, or weaving and strengthening social bonds and solidarity.

In the last 40 years this area has been building up, reflecting social transformations both at the level of society self-organisation and public policies, and at the level of its study, leading to the increase in the number of research projects, publications and multidisciplinary associations.

The focus on these concepts and practices spans disciplinary boundaries, but this research object is also handled by several branches of sociology and unquestionably sociology has its own angle.

With this background SCEAV call for contributions in the following thematic areas:

  1. Social, solidarity and popular economy and its practices and legal frameworks;
  2. Social enterprises, their ecosystems and institutional contexts;
  3. Social solidarity institutions, redistribution and public policies;
  4. Social, solidarity and collective entrepreneurship;
  5. Social innovation, particularly facing crises;
  6. Identity, solidarity and social capital;
  7. Old and new forms of philanthropy;
  8. New socio-economic, political and cultural movements;
  9. Proximity economy, food sovereignty and local/social currencies;
  10. Common goods and self-management.

SCEAV calls for the submission of proposals both from the academia and from the professional field, covering these thematic lines or related themes, for presentation of ongoing or completed studies and projects.

Posters and visual documents such as short films focused on projects and interventions will be accepted. These proposals even tough shaped by differences between an academic and non-academic framework should be formulated considering a theoretical framework, objectives, methodologies, diagnosis, results and conclusions.

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