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Author(s): Lopes, Alexandra
Title: Welfare arrangements, safety nets and familial support for the elderly in Portugal
Issue Date: 2006
Abstract: This thesis analyses the welfare arrangements of the Portuguese elderly from anhistorical and a sociological perspective. Two goals form the focus of the thesis.First, it attempts to enrich the discussion on familialism as a model of welfareprovision in old age in Portugal. Starting with the historical analysis of the process ofconsolidation of a model of welfare provision that is based on a set of assumptionsabout the existence of intergenerational ties and kin solidarity throughout the lifecourse, the thesis moves on to the sociological analysis of family dynamics andnormative propositions related to welfare arrangements in old age. The broadquestion underlying the analysis is to know how resilient and operative is familialismas a logics of welfare provision for the Portuguese elderly. The thesis shows that theresilience of familialism in the lives of the elderly is related to a complex set of social,economic and normative intricacies that still provide for a support network in old agebut that show signs of being under accelerated erosion.Second, the thesis aims to make a contribution to the analysis of welfare states andsocial policies in familialist countries by demonstrating the explanatory power offamily arrangements for understanding welfare arrangements in old age. Thisinvolves introducing in the analysis of welfare arrangements a focus onintergenerational and kin relationships, demonstrating how the familialist model isintertwined with a complex network of exchanges of support that goes beyond theneeds of the elderly and that is in fact structured around the functional roles of eachmember of the household and/or family for the welfare of the whole.The thesis draws on review of literature and secondary data analysis. The data usedcame from three main sources: the European Community Household Panel (1998),the Portuguese Family Budget Survey (2000) and the Eurobarometer Survey Series(1992, 1995 and 1998-99). The analysis of data has privileged a descriptive approach,using some multivariate analysis to make meaningful synthesis. It combines crossnationalcomparative analysis with a case-study focus. The goal of the empiricalanalysis was to come up with a holistic synthesis of welfare arrangements of thePortuguese elderly linking them to three main dimensions: institutional, familial andnormative.
Subject: Ciências Sociais
Social sciences
Document Type: Trabalho Académico
Rights: openAccess
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