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Poverty, Crisis and Resilience

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Poverty, Crisis and Resilience

9781788973199 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Marie Boost, Department of Joblessness and Social Inclusion, Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Federal Employment Agency, Germany, Jennifer Dagg, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, Jane Gray, Department of Sociology, Maynooth University, Ireland and Markus Promberger, Head, Department of Joblessness and Social Inclusion, Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Federal Employment Agency, Germany and Institute for Sociology, University of Erlangen, Germany
Publication Date: December 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78897 319 9 Extent: c 360 pp
Poverty remains a problem in Europe, raising the need for new solutions. In this thought-provoking book the contributors delve deeply into the everyday lives of poor households to see which practices and resources they apply to improve their situations. One of the book’s key findings is that social resilience requires a functioning welfare state operating at an increased level. In addition to sufficient welfare transfers, there is a need for low-commodified common goods to be made available not only for the registered poor but all low-income households.

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Poverty remains a problem in Europe, raising the need for new solutions. In this thought-provoking book the contributors delve deeply into the everyday lives of poor households to see which practices and resources they apply to improve their situations. One of the key findings is that social resilience requires a functioning welfare state operating as a warrantor of common and public goods, on which poor households can build up resilient practices.

This insightful book illustrates that in addition to sufficient welfare transfers, there is a need for low-commodified common goods, including public health services, access to housing, education infrastructures and public space. These need to be made available not only for the registered poor but all low-income households. Drawing on over 400 interviews with families and experts across Europe, the chapters demonstrate the need for social policy to become more tolerant towards various forms of small additional income generation and non-commodified values and lifestyles.

Poverty, Crisis and Resilience will be a key resource for students and scholars of social policy, poverty research and sociology, while also being of value to social policy practitioners within the charity sector, welfare state administration, social work, politics and counselling.
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‘This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking contribution to ways of thinking about poverty, based on new research by multi-disciplinary teams in nine countries and putting the concept of resilience centre stage. The comparative approach is sensitive to institutional, structural, and local contexts, and the interview, biographical, and photographic data are vivid and compelling. Resilience is a contested concept, not without critics, but the authors make a strong case for understanding processes of resilience in adversity and everyday lives. Highly recommended.’
– Jane Millar, University of Bath, UK

‘This timely collection of reflections about resilience practices, and the social, cultural and economic resources mobilised by households to cope with poverty, offers a fresh and innovative perspective concerning the tricky EU metaconcept of resilience. Poverty, Crisis and Resilience provides a transdisciplinary and cross cultural contribution to the literature on poverty and resilience. It is essential and fascinating reading for anyone interested in a sociological approach to resilience.’
– Amparo Serrano-Pascual, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Contributors
Contributors include: M. Arnal, E.A. Aytekin, M. Boost, A. Bosch, A. Calado, L. Capucha, C. Castrillo, C. de Castro, H. Dagdeviren, J. Dagg, M. Donoghue,
P. Estêvão, M. Gnieciak, J. Gray, N. Kambouri, W. Mandrysz, S. Marinoudi, M.P. Martín, L. Meier, J. Müller, G. Petraki, M. Promberger, J.C. Revilla, H.T. Şengül, A. Serrano, F. Sowa, M. Tennberg, J. Vola, T. Vuojala-Magga, K. Wódz
Contents
Contents:

PART I INTRODUCING POVERTY, CRISIS AND
HOUSEHOLD RESILIENCE
1 Introduction: poverty, resilience and the European crisis 2
Markus Promberger, Marie Boost, Jennifer Dagg and Jane Gray
2 Household economy as cultural and social practice:
towards a framework for investigating poverty and resilience 19
Markus Promberger and Terhi Vuojala-Magga
3 The impact of the European crisis in vulnerable households
in Europe 38
Pedro Estêvão, Alexandre Calado and Luís Capucha

PART II PERSPECTIVES ON HOUSEHOLD RESILIENCE
4 Developing the concept of poverty and resilience 59
Marie Boost, Markus Promberger, Lars Meier and Frank Sowa
5 Critical perspectives on resilience 74
Alexandre Calado, Luís Capucha, Hulya Dagdeviren,
Matthew Donoghue and Pedro Estêvão

PART III DIMENSIONS OF HOUSEHOLD RESILIENCE
6 Socio-economic practices of households coping with hardship 89
Hulya Dagdeviren and Matthew Donoghue
7 Cultural aspects of resilience from the perspective of
everyday practices of households affected by economic crisis 107
Monika Gnieciak and Kazimiera Wódz
8 Turning points and critical moments in resilient European
lives: a biographical longitudinal analysis 126
Jennifer Dagg and Jane Gray
9 Gender regimes in vulnerable households during the
recession – what has changed and what not? 145
Concepción Castrillo, Paz Martín, María Arnal and Aracelí Serrano
10 Space and resilience – a scalar analysis of household
resilience in Europe 163
E. Attila Aytekin and H. Tarık Şengül
11 The paradoxes of resilience and social, political and
community participation in Europe 181
Aracelí Serrano, Juan Carlos Revilla, Mª Paz Martín and
Carlos de Castro
12 Social economy and household resilience 199
Witold Mandrysz and Kazimiera Wódz
13 Aesthetics, self-reliance and resilience 221
Aida Bosch and Markus Promberger

PART IV CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS
14 A typology of resilient households 234
Markus Promberger, Marie Boost and Janina Müller
15 Strategies of resilience and the welfare state in Southern Europe 264
Nelli Kambouri, Soula Marinoudi and Georgia Petraki
16 Household resilience as an enhanced European policy discourse 282
Monica Tennberg and Joonas Vola
17 Crisis and resilience in poor European households: core
findings and conclusions 302
Jennifer Dagg, Markus Promberger, Marie Boost and
Jane Gray

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