Le non-recours à l'aide sociale

Un nombre important de personnes qui pourraient bénéficier de lʹaide sociale ne réclament rien. Le non-recours à ces aides peut être dû à un manque dʹinformation ou au parcours administratif difficile pour les obtenir. Mais certaines personnes ne souhaitent tout simplement pas avoir recours à une assistance.

En Suisse, de nombreuses ont droit à des prestations sociales, mais n'en font pas la demande. Frédérique Leresche, chargée de recherche à lʹécole dʹétudes sociales et pédagogique et doctorante du PRN LIVES analyse les raisons qui poussent ces gens à refuser lʹaide proposée. Elle s'est exprimée en mai au micro de l'émission radio Tribu de la RTS-La 1ère

Division of Labour within Families in Europe: The Role of Gender Regimes and Other Socio-Cultural Factors

The concept of work-life conflict has attracted increasing attention from scholars during the last decades. This can be explained by the profound global changes in family lives and family organisation since the 1970s. The main aim of this thematic issue is to examine the relationship of gender norms and other socio-cultural factors with the perceived work-life conflicts among men and women across European countries with different welfare regimes.

Europe is an interesting case as European countries experienced very different trajectories regarding these changes. North-Western European countries saw a substantial increase in female labour force participation: women's work patterns changed (and still do) as women do not tend to withdraw anymore from the labour market after marriage or motherhood but remain employed until retirement. While in the Nordic countries some institutional reforms started to decrease women's burdens, elsewhere, including in Southern Europe, where female labour force participation started to increase later, i.e., in the 1990s, women's additional commitment to work was not complemented with the development of the necessary structures to support family-related work. At the same time Central-Eastern European post-socialist countries experienced a substantial decline in female labour force participation throughout the 1990s because of the economic restructuring from state-socialist full-employment to market economies. This transition also brought a rise in work pressure and cuts in welfare services, leaving more burden of care on the families.

Although there is much research on work-life conflict, we still know very little about how micro- and macro-level variables influence work-life conflict across and within European countries. Comparative research that attempts to explain country-differences in work-life conflict is still scarce, and the existing studies show puzzling results, when for instance high levels of work-family conflict are reported for countries known for generous work-family policies. These suggest that work-life conflict issues should be examined from a broader perspective: socio-cultural and economic factors such as gender norms and national policies might modify or interact with the relationship between working conditions and work-life conflict.

The main aim of this thematic issue is to examine the relationship of gender norms and other socio-cultural factors with the perceived work-life conflicts among men and women across European countries with different welfare regimes. 


Michael Ochsner (FORS Lausanne, Switzerland / ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Ivett Szalma (MTA TK—Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary) and Judit Takács (MTA TK—Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)


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Social Innovation and Intervention: Impact, Methods and Implementation in the Healthcare and Social Sectors (publication project)

Social innovation is a relatively recent reference which has gradually been defined as an alternative to technological innovation. It marks the rejection of economic growth as the sole perspective for development. For proposals, we call on all authors in the field of social and healthcare interventions who are dealing with questions related to social innovation and are keen to share their knowledge and experience, particularly within the context of Switzerland (but not only).

We are considering three types of contributions:

  • “Long” texts with a maximum of 40,000 characters (including empty spaces & excluding the bibliography) seeking to explore a question / theme in detail;
  • “Concise” texts with a maximum of 20,000 characters (including empty spaces & excluding the bibliography) allowing, for example, for the description and analysis of a specific social innovation project or measure.
  • “Short contributions” such as, for example, personal accounts, widening the standard scope of academic publications using illustrative insets and thus open the project to other forms of expression. These insets may consist of 2500 to 3500 characters (including spaces) or fill one page.

 We invite all interested authors to submit proposals as follows:

  • title
  • 4-5 keywords
  • proposed form of contribution (“long”, “concise” or “short”)
  • topic of the contribution with the questions addressed and the link to one of the above-mentioned dimensions and, if applicable, brief description of empirical data (method of analysis, results) and 3 to 4 bibliographical references (maximum 1800 characters including empty spaces)
  • a short biography of the author(s)

Please signal your interest to make a contribution by July 15, 2019, writing to pascal.maeder@hes-so.ch. Proposals may be sent to the same address until September 15, 2019. 

La fabrique des parents - devenir et être parent en fonction des contextes géographiques, historiques et culturels

L'objectif de cette journée est d'étudier la parentalité sous toutes ses formes, à travers trois questions principales : quelles sont les modalités d’entrée et d’exercice de la parentalité, en fonction des contextes sociaux, économiques, politiques, légaux, historiques, géographiques ou de la trajectoire propre du parent ? Comment évolue la parentalité en fonction de l’âge de l’enfant ? Comment les normes de parentalité (“bonne” ou “mauvaise” manière d’être parent, déclinaison de la parentalité en fonction du sexe du parent) influencent son exercice ? Cet appel est ouvert à toutes les disciplines de sciences humaines : histoire, sociologie, anthropologie, droit, géographie, démographie, etc.

Les propositions de communication (4000 signes maximum espaces compris, titre, résumé de 400 signes maximum et principales références bibliographiques) devront être envoyées le 2 septembre 2019 au plus tard, par courriel à l’adresse : reppama.contact@gmail.com.

Les résultats de la sélection seront communiqués le 4 novembre 2019.