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Towards an understanding of mobility in social policy research

Bruzelius, Cecilia and Shutes, Isabel ORCID: 0000-0002-5325-3541 (2022) Towards an understanding of mobility in social policy research. Global Social Policy. ISSN 1468-0181

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Over recent years, there has been increasing attention to migration in social policy research. Uniting this research has been a focus on cross-national migration, and predominantly immigration. In the meantime, the relationship between human mobility and social policy at other scales and sites has gained much less attention. This is in spite of the salience of multiple forms of mobility and measures for restricting, facilitating or promoting mobility not confined to the territorial borders of the nation-state. This article proposes an alternative mobility perspective for social policy research that moves us beyond the limitations of current migration approaches. To do so, we draw on interdisciplinary mobilities theory and research. Empirically, we apply a mobility perspective to examine how systems of social provision are shaped by and shape mobility and immobility, in restricting, facilitating or promoting the movement of people. We argue that such an approach allows us to frame and address questions that place mobility and immobility as central to the social relations of welfare, advancing understanding of how social policies can reduce or reinforce the inequalities of mobility.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2022 The Author(s).
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2022 13:18
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 03:37

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