Reimagining Our Worlds from Below: Panel 6



Single Parents in the Global North and South

May 20, 8-9:30a UTC

The social problem of “single” (sometimes addressed as “lone”) parents has become more statistically visible at a global level and a further increase is forecasted for the next decades. Even if the sociodemographic profiles of single parents have changed during the last decades, single parenthood is still significantly gendered. Many studies indicate that the single parent status interferes with many trajectories of vital life domains (e.g., poverty, employment, and health) and the Covid-19 pandemic has affected heavily many dimensions of everyday life of these parents. Many difficulties are involved in creating and implementing adequate and evidence-based policies.

The organizer invites contributions, which highlight the everyday difficulties and forms of protest and resistance of these parents and the alternative and effective policies in preventing risks (e.g., the poverty risk) and facilitating the inclusion of single parents (e.g., in the labor market) in the global north and south. Furthermore, the session welcomes contributions, which aim to discuss the transnational dimensions of these parents’ difficulties (e.g., systemic inequalities), pathways for future research and other aspects about which the debate should remain open.

Session organizer: Morena Tartari, University of Southampton (UK)

Click on the presentation name to link to abstract and presenter bio.

“The Study of Single Parents in Iran”

Farzaneh Ejazi, Shahed University (Iran)

“Single Parenting: Challenging Traditional Familial Norms in Urban India

Jagriti Gangopadhyay, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (India)

“Single Mothers and Resistance to Welfare-to-Work: A Bourdieusian Account”

Simone Casey, RMIT University, Melbourne (Australia)

Institutionalism at Work: Gendered Perceptions of the Work-Life Conflict in Single Parenthood

Dries Van Gasse and Nina Van Eekert, University of Antwerp (Belgium)

Recording of Live Panel Discussion

3 replies
  1. Pattie
    Pattie says:

    Hi everyone! I am the 2021-22 Chair of SSSP’s Transnational Virtual Initiatives Committee, the group that organized this conference. I am excited that our conference is finally here and we have a chance to hear from people who care about social problems around the world.

    I wish you a good conference. I hope you will join us in this forum, just introducing yourself and sharing your thoughts, insights, questions and your own work. Welcome!

  2. Jagriti Gangopadhyay
    Jagriti Gangopadhyay says:

    I would like to post a comment on Shuvasree Bhaduri’s presentation. I was wondering what form of support mechanisms are available for single mothers who work as domestic workers in India.

  3. Morena Tartari
    Morena Tartari says:

    Hi everyone. Welcome to the SSSP Reimagining 2022 Virtual Conference. I am Morena Tartari, the organizer of this panel. Please, feel free to leave comments and questions for the presenters by using the tool below. We will collect your comments and questions and reply to them during the live discussion that will take place on May 20th, 8-9.30a UTC. Please, invite colleagues and friends to post comments and questions and to participate in the live discussion.

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