Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Futures: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Marietta Blau Saal (Main Building)
WG05 Famine and Society (host committee)

Language: English

The session proposes to discuss the emerging sociological issues in struggles for sustainable futures for a better world. In the light of the broad theme, session calls papers aimed at exploring crucial sociological perspectives by capturing the full import of the acronym “FAMINE” in the following terms:

  • Food insecurity as a consequence of severely diminished purchasing power of sizeable segments of society (famine being the ultimate manifestation of food insecurity) and growing climate-related disturbances; 
  • Alienation on account of discrimination based on caste, color or creed; 
  • Marginalization on account of severely diminishing real incomes; 
  • Inequality based on dysfunctional social systems and the travails of the informal sector; 
  • Negative impact of natural calamities and man-made disasters on vulnerable groups including economic shocks caused by market volatility; 
  • Exclusion from mainstream society based on social and/or economic ostracization resulting in social conflict, unrest and violence.

In addition session invites papers on issues relating to social injustice, marginalization in context of access to food, health services, education, water etc., democratization/decentralisation, the informal sector, natural calamities, he struggle for safer, inclusive and smart cities, regions and communities or any other crucial issue/s leading to “FAMINE” as defined above or long conflicts in the countries or regions leading to famine-like conditions.  
Emerging incidents of discontents among various sections of society, social movements of farmers and landless agricultural labours and houseless poor slum dwellers will also be discussed in the session.

Session Organizers:
Ranvinder Singh SANDHU, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India, Krishna Gopal IYER, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India and Manmohanjit S. HUNDAL, Dept School Education, Punjab, India
Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment Process: Case Study of the Signal Free Corridor and the Orange Line Metro Projects of Lahore, Punjab
Shazia PERVAIZ, Lahore College for Women University, Pakistan, Pakistan; Azhar HAMEED, 8 MET-2 LAREX COLONY MUGHAL PURA, LAHORE, PAKISTAN., Pakistan
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