Poverty and Social Exclusion During and After Poland's Transition to Capitalism

Four Generations of Women in a Post-Industrial City Tell Their Life Stories

Edited by Paulina Bunio-Mroczek, Małgorzata Potoczna, and Wielisława Warzywoda-Kruszyńska

Jagiellonian University Press

Poverty and Social Exclusion During and After Poland's Transition to Capitalism

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Pub Date: December 2017

ISBN: 9788323342748

177 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $45.00£37.95

Poverty and Social Exclusion During and After Poland's Transition to Capitalism

Four Generations of Women in a Post-Industrial City Tell Their Life Stories

Edited by Paulina Bunio-Mroczek, Małgorzata Potoczna, and Wielisława Warzywoda-Kruszyńska

Jagiellonian University Press

This book is about poverty in Poland during the transition to capitalism and in the decade that followed as documented in the life courses of women living in the disadvantaged neighborhoods in the post-industrial city. The authors analyze the life histories of four generations of women. The oldest are former workers in state-owned factories in which they worked until retirement and who used to be the leaders of the female working class during the socialist period. Their daughters, granddaughters, and great-granddaughters became redundant on the capitalist labor market and survived on social benefits. The book goes beyond the feminization of poverty as traditionally considered in monetary terms. It searches for the causes that drive and maintain poverty that are embedded in changes in industrial relations, welfare regimes, and family structures and relations. It also discusses women' efforts and capabilities to cope with disadvantages.
In this important book about poverty and social exclusion, the authors apply the biographical method to get to know the life history and experiences of the members of extended families. The dynamic approach as presented in the book is unique and covers a period of almost a century. Of great theoretical importance is their revealing factors contributing to pauperization of subsequent generations ("daughters" and "grandchildren") by tracking changes in the social structure due to shifts in the global economy and the emergence of a new social class specified as precariat, of which a significant segment are the children of former workers. The book can count on a broad range of interest in academia and beyond, including local authorities, social workers, and non-for-profit organizations. Danuta Duch-Krzystoszek, the Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw

About the Author

Paulina Bunio-Mroczek is assistant professor in the department of applied sociology and social work at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Lódz.

Malgorzata Potoczna is assistant professor in the department of applied sociology and social work at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Lódz.

Wielislawa Warzywoda-Kruszynska is full professor of sociology at the University of Lódz. The director of the Institute of Sociology for 16 years, she also chaired the department of general sociology and the department of applied sociology and social work.