Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy RC19 of the International Sociological Association (ISA) brings together an active and lifely community from different fields of social sciences. The purpose is to promote theoretically grounded empirical research on: the sources and character of social problems; the planning and administration of social programs; and more generally, public policies and intervention strategies aimed at alleviating social problems and influencing the society in that regard. The Committee especially encourages comparative and transnational research. Thus, membership to RC19 is open to scholars actively engaged in research and/or teaching on the subjects mentioned above.
RC19 holds annual meetings in varying places, and joins the ISA conventions and regional forums on a regular basis.
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ISA World Congress of Sociology- ‘Mobility, Social Rights and Power"
On July 19, 2018, Professor Martin Seeleib-Kaiser (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen) gave a keynote lecture entitled 'Mobility, Social Rights and Power" at the RC19 Business Meeting at the ISA World Congress of Sociology in Toronto. In his talk, he showed that social rights are usually associated with long-term residence in a nation state. In times of increased mobility and migration the national welfare state is often perceived to be challenged; a general anxiety exists whereby comprehensive welfare states constitute ‘welfare magnets’. Thus, not only populists in affluent OECD countries advocate for benefits to be restricted and made conditional. Irrespective of these debates, newcomers historically have been, and often continue to be, excluded from access to the social safety net. Profesor Seeleib-Kaiser argued that the current political debates about migrants’ access to welfare are historically not unique, as freedom of movement and migration have also in the past been in tension with arrangements for the poor. Historically, Europeans also have used poor relief measures to support the emigration of poor people. Power has been and continues to be crucial in defining who can access welfare. Finally, he made the point that it is time to refocus our research to incorporate a more critical analysis of the relationship between migration and social policy.