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Narratives in the World of Social Problems: Power, Resistance, Transformation

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) will host its 67th Annual Meeting in Montreal, Quebec Canada
August 11-13, 2017 at the Montreal Bonaventure Hotel.

While globalization, mass migration, and the wide-spread availability of information disseminated through the internet has made our world more connected than ever, it has also exposed and in some cases deepened the significant fragmentations in social, political, economic, and moral viewpoints that exist in our world. In response to such differences, there appears to be a growing acceptance of populist rhetoric focusing on exclusion and isolation. These reactionary approaches often ignore the pain and misery of those who experience the consequences of social problems both within their country and around the world. With such a backdrop, it is both critical and timely that this SSSP annual meeting focus on “Narratives in the World of Social Problems: Power, Resistance, Transformation”. The conference will feature panels, workshops, and thematic sessions that will examine and advocate for those who are suffering the consequences of social problems and consider solutions to alleviate their misery. A major theme running throughout the conference will be to explore ways in which we can advance transformative narratives by resisting the largely status quo narratives presented by those in privileged positions of power. Transformative narratives, as SSSP President Donileen R. Loseke writes, have the capacity to create meaning, motivation and stimulate social action in a way that can challenge narratives advanced by the privileged by appealing to both “minds and hearts”.

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