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International Journal of Social Quality

(formerly European Journal of Social Quality)

Aims & Scope

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Published in partnership with the International Association on Social Quality.

The International Journal of Social Quality is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal which has a primary focus on the interpretation of social quality through a wide range of disciplines, including social policy, economics, sociology, law and legal studies, philosophy, political science, geography, health sciences, and public administration. The journal seeks to create a forum for scientists, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to discuss issues related to social quality based on qualitative and quantitative methods, normative debate and action-oriented case studies. The journal also discusses the social quality theory and approach in comparison with other approaches such as the quality of life, social capital, human security, the capability approach, and the human development or social harmony approach. Special attention is given to global sustainability challenges addressed from the social quality and human security approach.

Current Issue

Volume 6, Issue 2, Winter 2016

Special Issue
Experiencing Dignity while Accessing Public Services in the Global North and South
Guest edited by Erika Gubrium and Sony Pellissery



Antipoverty Measures: The Potential for Shaming and Dignity Building through Delivery Interactions
Erika Gubrium and Sony Pellissery


Poverty and Shame: Interactional Impacts on Claimants of Chinese Dibao
Jian Chen and Lichao Yang

A Dignified Meal: Negotiated Spaces in India’s School Meal Program
Sony Pellissery, Sattwick Dey Biswas, and Biju Abraham

Building Dignity? Tracing Rights, Discretion, and Negotiation within a Norwegian Labor Activation Program
Erika Gubrium, Leah Johnstone, and Ivar Lødemel

Indignity in Cash Transfers: The Senior Citizen’s Grant in Uganda
Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo

Sisphyean Struggles: Encounters and Interactions within Two US Public Housing Programs
Erika Gubrium, Sabina Dhakal, Laura Sylvester, and Aline Gubrium

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