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Inventing the Needy Gender and the Politics of Welfare in Hungary

ISBN-10: 0520231023
ISBN-13: 9780520231023
Edition: 2002
Authors: Lynne A. Haney
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Description: Inventing the Needy offers a powerful, innovative analysis of welfare policies and practices in Hungary from 1948 to the last decade of the twentieth century. Using a compelling mix of archival, interview, and ethnographic data, Lynne Haney shows  More...

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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/3/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Inventing the Needy offers a powerful, innovative analysis of welfare policies and practices in Hungary from 1948 to the last decade of the twentieth century. Using a compelling mix of archival, interview, and ethnographic data, Lynne Haney shows that three distinct welfare regimes succeeded one another during that period and that they were based on divergent conceptions of need. The welfare society of 1948-1968 targeted social institutions, the maternalist welfare state of 1968-1985 targeted social groups, and the liberal welfare state of 1985-1996 targeted impoverished individuals. Because they reflected contrasting conceptions of gender and of state-recognized identities, these three regimes resulted in dramatically different lived experiences of welfare. Haney's approach bridges the gaps in scholarship that frequently separate past and present, ideology and reality, and state policies and local practices. A wealth of case histories gleaned from the archives of welfare institutions brings to life the interactions between caseworkers and clients and the ways they changed over time. In one of her most provocative findings, Haney argues that female clients' ability to use the state to protect themselves in everyday life diminished over the fifty-year period. As the welfare system moved away from linking entitlement to clients' social contributions and toward their material deprivation, the welfare system, and those associated with it, became increasingly stigmatized and pathologized. With its focus on shifting inventions of the needy, this broad historical ethnography brings new insights to the study of welfare state theory and politics.

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Acknowledgments
Introduction: Conceptualizing the Welfare State
The Welfare Society, 1948-1968
Socializing Need: The Restructuring of Social and Economic Institutions
Strategies of Integration: Collectivism and Individualism
The Maternalist Welfare State, 1968-1985
The Dynamics of Change: Hungarian Professionals Reform the Welfare Society
Maternalizing Need: Specialization and the Quality Control of Motherhood
Strategies of Expansion: Possibilities and Limitations
The Liberal Welfare State, 1985-1996
The Dynamics of Change: Professionalization and Globalization
Materializing Need: The Regulation of Poverty and the Stigmatization of the Poor
Strategies of Excavation: Inclusions and Exclusions
Welfare Lessons from East to West Methodological
Appendix Historical Excavation in an Era of Censorship
Notes
References
Index

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