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Palgrave Macmillan

Ethnographies of Social Support

ISBN 9781137330987
Publication Date June 2013
Formats Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Why is a government administration concerned that providing public housing might encourage arson? Why do elderly choose to move away from their children so as to not receive their support? In this book, contributors explore case studies of social support from South Africa, Portugal, Greece, Russia, India, South Korea, Vietnam, and China. Conceptualizing support as encounters between state institutions and citizens, between aid workers and their clients, and between family members, the essays draw attention to the ways in which the nature and possible consequences of support are variably understood and negotiated. For the first time Ethnographies of Social Support draws attention to the non-purposive background presence of support that comes with living in a shared world.

Markus Schlecker is Associate Member of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany. He has published articles in the journals History of the Human Sciences, Anthropological Theory, Social Analysis, History and Anthropology, and the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. He is currently completing a book project on the significance of burials and bones in late socialist Vietnam.

Friederike Fleischer is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. She is author of Suburban Beijing: Housing and Consumption in Contemporary China (2010) and various articles in such journals as Religion, State, and Society, Ethnos, and Revista de Estudios Sociales. Her work focuses on the urban environment and the everyday lives of urban residents; social support and civil society; and relations between China and Colombia.

Introduction; Markus Schlecker
1. Housing Support for the "Undeserving": Moral Hazard, Fires, and Laissez-faire in Hong Kong; Alan Smart
2. "Who Will Love You if They Have to Look after You?": Sakhalin Koreans Caring from a Distance; Dorota Szawarska
3. Access to the Social: The Ethics and Pragmatics of HIV/AIDS Support Groups in South Africa; Marian Burchardt
4. The Changing Scale of Imprisonment and the Transformation of Care: The Erosion of the "Welfare Society" by the "Penal State" in Contemporary Portugal; Manuela Ivone P. da Cunha
5. The Compassion of Strangers: Intimate Encounters with Assistance in Moscow; Melissa L. Caldwell
6. Young Chinese Volunteers: Self/Interest, Altruism, and Moral Models; Friederike Fleischer
7. Engagements and Interruptions: Mapping Emotion at an Athenian Asylum Advocacy NGO; Heath Cabot
8. Life, Labor, and Merit: War Martyrdom as Support Encounters in Late Socialist Vietnam; Markus Schlecker
9. Empathy, Salvation, and Religious Identity: Hindu Religious Movements and Humanitarian Action in India; Frédérique Pagani

10. Epilogue; Bartholomew Dean

Marian Burchardt, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany
Heath Cabot, College of the Atlantic, USA
Melissa L. Caldwell, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
Manuela Ivone P. da Cunha, University of Minho, Portugal
Bartholomew Dean, University of Kansas, USA
Frédérique Pagani, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles, France
Alan Smart, University of Calgary, Canada
Dorota Szawarska, University of Warsaw, Poland


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