POS+ Participation, Opportunities, Structures

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The research group Participation, Opportunities, Structures (POS+) focusses its research on the multidimensional patters of participation and social exclusion in both current and past societies. POS+ stands for theory-driven empirical research guided by two of the major debates in sociological theory.
A first is the micro-macro link, how developments at the macro-level affect phenomena and systems at lower levels, including social solidarity, forms of participation, social practices and social relations, but also how these lower level systems reproduce and transform the higher level systems.
The second debate is the one on structure vs. agency, which involves issues of freedom and social order, how structures constrain and enable the behavior of groups and individuals, and how they in turn can transform structures. Issues regarding participation are also situated in more multidisciplinary research fields regarding citizenship, civil society, and the third sector.

Some current research themes within the research group are:

  • Globalization, the state and the global system
  • Developments in civil society and contemporary citizenship practices
  • Social capital and social networks
  • Poverty, social exclusion and the welfare state
  • Reproductive health and empowerment
  • Aesthetic dispositions and cultural omnivorousness
  • Social inequality and mobility
  • Social space


Prof. Ronan Van Rossem
Korte Meer 5, 9000 Gent
E: posplus@ugent.be
T: +32 9 264 84 57


In het kader van een onderzoeksproject naar de invloed van armoede en de socio-economische kenmerken van het huishouden op de ontwikkeling van het jonge kind verkreeg de vakgroep sociologie data van Kind & Gezin.
Het onderzoek baseert zich op persoonsgegevens van kinderen geboren tussen 2006 en 2009 en kenmerken van het huishouden waarin de kinderen opgroeien. De gegevens werden verkregen met toestemming van de Vlaamse Toezichtcommissie (Beraadslaging VTC nr. 04/2014 van 19 februari 2014 – link: http://vtc.corve.be/docs/beraadslagingen/VTC_beraadslaging_2014_04.pdf )