Privatizing Welfare in the Middle East

Privatizing Welfare in the Middle East : Kin Mutual Aid Associations in Jordan and Lebanon

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Anne Marie Baylouny examines previously undocumented effects of neoliberal economic reforms on middle classes in the Middle East. As the state's safety network has been withdrawn, kin-based mutual aid associations-organized around new definitions of kinship and identity and geared to contemporary market and labor needs-have taken its place. Such organizations provide a measure of social and economic security for their members, and have come to dominate civil society in Jordan and Lebanon. Based on extensive fieldwork and interviews with members, non-members, and policymakers, Privatizing Welfare in the Middle East provides compelling new insights into democratization, liberalization, and civil society.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 10mm | 439.98g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 9 b&w illus.
  • 0253221951
  • 9780253221957
  • 2,126,035

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Baylouny's work covers the emerging trend of kin associations and privatisation of welfare as a global phenomenon in her theoretical approach and review of the literature.... The book maintains a flow with topics organised into chapters with a clear purpose which support the main arguments. Given the books accessibility and subject, it is a useful read for policy makers and professionals in the international development industry, as well as scholars and students with similar research areas.May 2012 -- Edward Gaier * Political Studies Review *
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About Anne Marie Baylouny

Anne Marie Baylouny is Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.
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Table of contents

Introduction: Organizing for Security
1. Welfare, Work, and Collective Action
2. State and Militia Welfare and Their Demise
3. Hard Times and Private-Sector Welfare Options
4. Kin Mutual Aid
5. Creating Kin and New Institutions
6. Elites, Elections, and Civil Society
Conclusion: Insight into Identity and Institutions
Appendix 1. Research Method and Data
Appendix 2. Interview Questionnaires
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