Welfare, Workfare and Fair Access to Decent Work in the Visegrad States

Lecture and Workshop with Chris Hann (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)

  • Wann 04.05.2017 um 17:00 bis 05.05.2017 um 11:00 (CET / UTC200)
  • WoIFK Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, Reichsratsstraße 17, 1010 Wien
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Since the end of socialism both labour markets and social policies have undergone great changes in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Focusing on workfare schemes in the countryside of Viktor Orbán's Hungary, the speaker will probe the links between the absence of attractive jobs locally and anti-migrant sentiment.

The Visegrad states have acquired a dubious reputation since the outbreak of Europe’s “migrant crisis” in the summer of 2015. Members of the European Union since 2004, and thus recipients of significant transfers from the West, they are criticized for lack of solidarity when it comes to dealing with millions of non-European immigrants. Particular ire is directed at Hungary, notably for constructing new fences and holding an anti-Brussels referendum in October 2016. But many Hungarian villagers ask how they can be expected to welcome strangers when no decent jobs are available for themselves and their own children. The security and relative prosperity of the late socialist era has been replaced by pervasive uncertainty. One key to understanding intensifying social antagonisms is the moral value attached to work; this has deep roots in the agrarian past, persisted in new forms under socialism, but has been severely weakened in the present version of market capitalism.

Chris Hann has been Director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle/Saale) since 1999. Prior to this he taught social anthropology in Britain (University of Cambridge and University of Kent at Canterbury). He has done field research in Hungary and Poland since the 1970s

Lecture:  Welfare, Workfare and Fair Access to Decent Work in the Visegrad States
4th of May, 18.00, IFK Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, Reichsratsstraße 17, 1010 Wien

Workshop with Chris Hann
5th of May, 09.00-12.00, University of Vienna

registration required: rolf.bauer@univie.ac.at

Eine Kooperationsveranstaltung des Instituts für Geschichte des ländlichen Raumes (IGLR) mit dem IFK Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften Kunstuniversität Linz in Wien und dem Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte der Universität Wien.

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