In this article, we analyze processes of kinning within state-initiated programs of elder care in Serbia in order to explore how images of the state as an entity are cast as distinct from the domain of the family. We present data from the fieldwork we conducted in two settlements, in northern and central Serbia respectively. Contrary to the findings of many anthropological studies of the state, state actors in these cases surpass the expectations of citizens. Nevertheless, within complex processes of kinning between state-paid care workers and their clients, dominant images of an absent state as well as state-kinship boundaries are (re)produced. Placing this boundary work within the evolving relations at the center of the analysis underlines the merits of rethinking the interconnections between kinship and the state with a relational focus.
Tatjana Thelen, Andre Thiemann, and Duška Roth
The changing face of compassionate social security
Melissa L. Caldwell
Changing emigration and co-residence patterns in the post-Soviet period have left many elderly Russians living alone or without caretakers in close proximity. In addition, Russia's transition from state socialism to neoliberal capitalism has encouraged private welfare groups, often funded and staffed by foreigners, to assume increased responsibility for providing social security to elderly people. Consequently, notions of compassion are undergoing transformation in Russia, and the types of people who provide care are also changing dramatically as caregivers are more likely to be strangers, and especially foreigners, rather than family members. This article examines social security arrangements among Russia's elderly, with particular emphasis on the emergence of transnational caregiving relationships, and how these caregiving arrangements differ from global care networks reported elsewhere.
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filtered down. Sparsely settled regions are less likely to offer child- or elder-care, due to a lack of concentrated demand; it is also harder to out-source farm-based domestic burdens to professional services (e.g., tending animals versus house
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Argentina . Oakland, CA : AK Press . Thelen , Tatjana , Andre Thiemann , and Duška Roth . 2014 . “ State Kinning and Kinning the State in Serbian Elder Care Programs .” Social Analysis 58 ( 3 ): 107 – 123 . Thelen , Tatjana , Larissa
Appraising Existing Indicators from a Long-term Perspective
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demonstrated the highest achievements in terms of economic productivity and human development ( Myrskylä et al. 2009 ). Across different regions, these include increasing costs of elder care ( Rechel et al. 2013 ), a sub-replacement fertility rate ( Butler 2004