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Poverty and Shame

Interactional Impacts on Claimants of Chinese Dibao

Jian Chen and Lichao Yang


The Chinese minimum living standard guarantee (dibao), which has been in place since the 1990s, is one of the most important social assistance programs run by the Chinese government. There is extensive literature on dibao, a majority of which deals with how it is allocated in rural communities and its effectiveness in alleviating rural poverty. Receiving dibao is often considered a sign of poverty. Scholars have long discussed the shame experienced by people in poverty. However, very few empirical studies have paid attention to the interplay between shame and dibao. This study draws on one month of qualitative fieldwork, focused on dibao implementation in both urban and rural China. It aims to understand how dibao and shame are connected in relation to three elements of policy provision: discretion, rights, and negotiation.

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A Dignified Meal

Negotiated Spaces in India’s School Meal Program

Sony Pellissery, Sattwick Dey Biswas, and Biju Abraham

all. He looks at the clock in the classroom. It is just a minute before the bell. He closes his book and prepares himself to run to the area where the food is served. The above anecdote from fieldwork in a school in Kerala represents an everyday

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Stiletto Socialism

Social Class, Dressing Up, and Women's Self-Positioning in Socialist Slovenia

Polona Sitar

possible. Ethnographic fieldwork was performed using two approaches: participant observation of interviewees who lived their active life during socialism, now living in a retirement home; and in-depth unstructured interviews with thirty of those women. We

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Report from the Region

The “Anti-Gender” Wave Contested: Gender Studies, Civil Society, and the State in Eastern Europe and Beyond*

work students enrolled in an MA program in social work known for its gender and human rights orientation at the University of Ljubljana. The incident happened after the students returned from fieldwork in Serbia, where they worked with refugees living

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Ferenc Bódi, Jenő Zsolt Farkas, and Péter Róbert

University London . . European Commission . 2013 . Social Europe: Current Challenges and the Way Forward—Annual Report of the Social Protection Committee

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Ian Mahoney and Tony Kearon

theoretically informed understanding of the Brexit vote in this locality. Much of this article draws on a subset of interviews produced by socioculturally and socioeconomically precarious men during fieldwork undertaken by one of the authors from 2010 to 2012 as

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Building Dignity?

Tracing Rights, Discretion, and Negotiation within a Norwegian Labor Activation Program

Erika Gubrium, Leah Johnstone, and Ivar Lødemel

and Data Collection Methods We conducted fieldwork at two small welfare offices in wealthier municipalities in the wider urban area of Oslo and in a neighboring county. The empirical data consisted of observations, interviews, and policy documents. We

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Ioana Cîrstocea

] (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2019)—for which I conducted fieldwork between 2006 and 2016, supported by several institutions. I warmly thank all of them here: the Central European University Budapest (Gender Department, Visiting Scholars

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Ten Years After

Communism and Feminism Revisited

Francisca de Haan, Kristen Ghodsee, Krassimira Daskalova, Magdalena Grabowska, Jasmina Lukić, Chiara Bonfiglioli, Raluca Maria Popa, and Alexandra Ghit

military coup and subsequent “Dirty War” made her fieldwork in Argentina impossible. Suddenly deprived of a dissertation project, Molyneux turned her attention to the question of state socialism in the developing world. Most of her early work grew out of

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Le moment Lamennais

Modern Slavery and the Re-description of People (and Democracy) in Spain and Chile

Gonzalo Capellán

-wage field-worker. Their lack of liberty and dignity was illustrated powerfully through comparison with the concept of slavery. Building on from this reading Bilbao—following Lamennais's lead—indicated the route through which the revolutions of modern