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Money, Autonomy and Citizenship

The Experience of the Brazilian Bolsa Família

Authors: Pinzani, Alessandro, Rego, Walquiria Leão

  • Analyzes the impacts on peoples’ lives of the largest antipoverty social program in the world: the Brazilian Bolsa Família Program
  • Presents data collected during five years of interviews with more than 150 women registered in the largest conditional cash transfer program in the world 
  • Shows how cash transfer programs can promote citizenship by increasing the beneficiaries’ levels of moral, economic and political autonomy
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About this book

This book analyzes the impacts on peoples’ lives of the largest antipoverty social program in the world: the Brazilian Bolsa Família Program. Created by the government of former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Bolsa Família has been for a time the largest conditional cash transfer program in the world, serving more than 50 million Brazilians who had a monthly per capita income of less than USD 50. The program is regarded as one of the key factors behind the significant poverty reduction Brazil experienced during the first decade of the 21st century.

Bolsa Família is neither a credit scheme nor a loan. It is a program of civic inclusion: it aims to help citizens meet their most basic needs and sometimes just to survive. Its goal is to create citizenship, not to merely train the entrepreneurial spirit. Having this in mind, the authors of this book spent five years (2006-2011) interviewing more than 150 women registered in the program to see how the cash transfers impacted their everyday lives. The authors concluded that the program produces significant social impacts in the beneficiaries’ lives by increasing their levels of moral, economic and political autonomy, promoting citizenship.

Money, Autonomy and Citizenship - The Experience of the Brazilian Bolsa Família will be of interest to both academic researchers and public agents involved with the study, development and implementation of public policies aimed at reducing poverty and promoting social justice.

About the authors

Alessandro Pinzani is associate professor of ethics and political philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Dr. Pinzani holds an MA in philosophy from the University of Florence, Italy, and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Tübingen, Germany.   
Walquiria Leão Rego has been full professor of social theory in the Institute of Philosophy and Human Sciences at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil. Dr. Rego is a sociologist and her research has focused in the sociology of political ideas. She currently studies the political and moral effects of the Bolsa Família Program in Brazil.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Hearing the Voice of the Poor

    Pinzani, Alessandro (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Theoretical Background

    Pinzani, Alessandro (et al.)

    Pages 11-39

  • The Interviews

    Pinzani, Alessandro (et al.)

    Pages 41-79

  • Poverty: A Pluridimensional Concept

    Pinzani, Alessandro (et al.)

    Pages 81-107

  • Money and Autonomy

    Pinzani, Alessandro (et al.)

    Pages 109-124

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for Brazil (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-01361-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-3-030-01360-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Money, Autonomy and Citizenship
Book Subtitle
The Experience of the Brazilian Bolsa Família
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-01361-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-01361-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-01360-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 140
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
Jointly published with Editora Unesp, São Paulo. Original Portuguese edition published by Editora Unesp, São Paulo, Brazil, 2014
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