Politics of waiting: Workfare, post-Soviet austerity and the ethics of freedom

Politics of waiting: Workfare, post-Soviet austerity and the ethics of freedom

by Liene Ozolina


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This book is an ethnography of politics of waiting. While the global political economy is usually imagined through metaphors of acceleration and speed, this book reveals waiting as the shadow temporality of the contemporary logics of governance. The ethnographic site for this analysis is a state-run unemployment office in Latvia, serving as a vantage point from which to observe how welfare programmes use acceleration and waiting as forms of control as well as to compare Western and post-Soviet welfare policy designs. The book is therefore a timely sociological critique of the forms of statecraft that have emerged in the aftermath of neoliberalism.

The key audiences for this book are students and scholars of sociology, anthropology, social policy, and social and political theory, as well as policy makers and activists with an interest in welfare reforms and comparisons between Western and post-Soviet welfare designs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526126252
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Series: Political Ethnography
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Liene Ozolina is Course Tutor in Political Sociology at the London School of Economics

Table of Contents



1 Waiting as an organising logic

2 Temporalities of austerity

3 The anxious subject

4 The will to live

5 Spaces of the expelled

Epilogue: Waiting for freedom



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