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 As the state's safety network has been withdrawn, kin-based mutual aid associations-organized around new definitions of kinship and identity and geared to contemporary market and labor needs-have taken its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 more

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
  • 2,001,247

Review quote

"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." -Political Studies Review, May 2012 "Full of novel and important information... offer[s] an innovative argument." -Marc Lynch, George Washington Universityshow more

About Anne Marie Baylouny

Anne Marie Baylouny is Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Organizing for Security1. Welfare, Work, and Collective Action2. State and Militia Welfare and Their Demise3. Hard Times and Private-Sector Welfare Options4. Kin Mutual Aid5. Creating Kin and New Institutions6. Elites, Elections, and Civil SocietyConclusion: Insight into Identity and InstitutionsAppendix 1. Research Method and DataAppendix 2. Interview QuestionnairesNotesBibliographyIndexshow more