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Patterns and lived realities: exploring informal social protection across race and education

Oppel, Annalena ORCID: 0000-0002-7603-0551 (2022) Patterns and lived realities: exploring informal social protection across race and education. International Journal of Social Welfare, 31 (4). 407 - 420. ISSN 1369-6866

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Identification Number: 10.1111/ijsw.12548


Informal social protection (ISP) has been recognised as a source of livelihood support for the poor and a critical element of the welfare mix in the global South. While the potential of ISP in contributing to economic welfare is well-documented, less is known about its role in responding to and maintaining horizontal inequalities. Group-based inequality is a key concern of transformative social protection, particularly discriminatory practices and exclusion that shape them. By using a mixed-method approach to social networks, and including non-poor and poor individuals, I provide insights into how support practices differ across race and education in urban Namibia thereby reflecting continued economic inequalities. I argue that ISP plays an important role in understanding transformative approaches to social protection; both by highlighting the importance of exploring ISP beyond a conceptual lens on poverty as well as its potential in maintaining power imbalances in a stratified, unequal society.

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Additional Information: © 2022 Akademikerförbundet SSR (ASSR) and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2022 15:54
Last Modified: 31 May 2024 07:00

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