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Till studiet av relationer mellan familj, ekonomi och stat: Grekland och Sverige
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2000 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Within a loose framework of two ongoing and interrelated processes (globalisation and changing roles of the nation-state) family and relations between family, economy and state are studied in Greece and Sweden. Greece is in focus. Modernization, development and family in social science literature are discussed. Using the idea of the social landscape and the existence of four different types of organizations (private enterprises, nation-states, families and voluntary organizations) several advantages are achieved: care work is made visible and nation-states are seen in a wider context.

Informal economy and clientelism in general and in Greece in particular are described. The role of family in maintaining such patterns is discussed and attention is paid to the mutual strengthening of family, informal economy and clientelism in a social landscape where formal, universalistic and public procedures to get access to valued resources exist side by side and interwoven with informal, particularistic and veiled ones. Traditional patriarchal ideologies are breaking up and an increasing number of women work outside the family but women's role in caring for family members in Greece is crucial. Great progress in terms of equal rights has been made. State involvement in caring activities and other reproductive work is however small. Modernization and rationalization in economy and state in the wake of EU and EMU membership challenge such phenomena as informal economy, clientelism and women's subordination.

Finally development in Greece and Sweden within the EU is discussed and division of responsibilities and work with care is problematized.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International , 2000. , 166 p.
Stockholm studies in sociology, ISSN 0491-0885 ; N.S., 11
Keyword [en]
Clientelism, elastic relations, European Union, family, Greece, informal economy, modernization, organizations, social landscape, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-69997ISBN: 91-22-01887-5OAI: diva2:478502
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2000-09-20, 13:00
Available from: 2012-01-16 Created: 2012-01-16 Last updated: 2012-12-05Bibliographically approved

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