Alison Stenning

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Poverty and household economic practices in Nowa Huta, Poland

Alison Stenning, Dariusz Świątek, Adrian Smith, Alena Rochnovska

Geographia Polonica (2007) vol. 80, iss. 1, pp. 7-24 | Full text

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Abstract:

Drawing upon research in Nowa Huta (Kraków, Poland), the paper investigates theeconomic conditions of households and individuals in this large post-socialist housing estate,where the context of social exclusion and poverty emerges from the introduction of market-basedmechanisms. Starting from the characteristics of households and individuals, the paper identifiesthose living ‘at risk’ of poverty. It explores different labour market strategies, investigates the relationshipbetween employment and poverty and describes the role of employment in supportinglivelihoods, especially for households ‘at risk’ of poverty. The paper then examines the materialassets and social networks which households have at their disposal and the way these are used tosupport and develop their livelihoods in everyday life. In addition, the role of citizenship assets,e.g. pensions, child, unemployment and other social benefits, as protection from poverty and socialexclusion is explored. Finally the paper shows how this variety of assets and institutions worktogether in everyday life and create a range of geographies in which households and individualsoperate.

Keywords: post-socialist housing estates, Nowa Huta, labour market strategies, social networks, material assets, poverty

Dariusz Świątek [swiatekd@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences Twarda 51/55, 00‑818 Warsaw: Poland

Transformation of Life, Work and Community in Post-socialist Europe: A Westerner Studies Nowa Huta, Poland

Alison Stenning

Geographia Polonica (2005) vol. 78, iss. 1, pp. 9-22 | Full text

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Abstract:

On the basis on ongoing research which explores the transformation of work and com-munity in Nowa Huta, Poland, this paper reflects on the nature and value of east-west research and on the connections that can, and should, be made between the varied urban geographies of Europe. Drawing attention to some themes which connect the urban geographies of eastern and western Europe, it argues that we have a responsibility to distant geographies but that responsi-bility rests not simply on studying those distant parts as exotic and intriguing sites for research but on connecting our lives and our geographies to those of distant others.

Keywords: work, community, east-west research, post-socialism Europe, Nowa Huta (Poland)