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Privatizing Welfare in the Middle East

Kin Mutual Aid Associations in Jordan and Lebanon

by Anne Marie Baylouny

Published by: Indiana University Press

316 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.62 in, 9 b&w illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9780253221957
  • Published: May 2010


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 As the state's safety network has been withdrawn, kin-based mutual aid associations—organized around new definitions of kinship and identity and geared to contemporary market and labor needs—have taken its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