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Kin, Market and State in the Provision of Care in South Africa

Year: 2013
Working paper number: 327
Author: Seekings, Jeremy
Unit: SSU
Abstract:
The provision of financial assistance and personal care in contemporary South Africa entails a distinctive combination of state, market and kin. The state assists financially the deserving poor, but provides little personal care. Better-off people rely increasingly on the market for both income support and care. The poor rely heavily on kin, especially female, maternal kin. The South African case is unlike any of the standard welfare and care regimes identified by Esping-Andersen or his critics.
Publication file: WP 327.pdf
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