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The Inequality of Uncertainty

Guest Editors:                                                                                                              
Chiara Ludovica Comolli, PhD, University of Bologna, Italy.
Marco Albertini, PhD, University of Bologna, Italy.

Submission Status: Open | Submission Deadline: 31 July 2024

Theories of changing family dynamics across business cycle fluctuations tend to view crises exclusively as economic experiences, despite them being broader social phenomena. Rampant inequalities affect community and family dynamics, customs, and social interactions. They further break down the social fabric and weaken trust networks and civic engagement. Social networks, civic engagement, and generalized trust, in turn, represent fundamental strategies for mitigating uncertainty in the social context. The failure of these tools can represent an additional source of uncertainty, of a social nature. Yet, the social stratification of resources inherited from and linked to exogenous circumstances generate very different perceptions of uncertainty depending on gender, age, place of residence or social origin. Moreover, belonging to one social group or another leads to expectations, values and customs that further influence family decisions, through mechanisms of identity definition based on in and out group boundaries and social closure.
The effects of deteriorating social structures in contexts of crises and their link to growing inequalities and social exclusion are largely overlooked in the literature on family behavior in contemporary societies. The aim of the special issue from GENUS is to gather theoretical and empirical evidence on the unequal distribution of old and new forms of uncertainty and their relationship with family dynamics. 

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