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The Right to Be Helped
Deviance, Entitlement, and the Soviet Moral Order
Maria Cristina Galmarini-Kabala
“Galmarini-Kabala’s research is exhaustive and impressive, and her book advances scholarship on the Soviet Union. The discussion of WWII’s impact on welfare policies is important and stimulating.” —Cathy Frierson, author of Silence Was Salvation: Child Survivors of Stalin’s Terror and World War II in the Soviet Union
"The Right to Be Helped brings together significant new archival information on the Soviet state’s practice of social assistance, and provides a valuable addition to the scholarship on marginality, disability, and welfare in the USSR." —The Russian Review
“Doesn’t an educated person—simple and working, sick and with a sick child—doesn’t she have the right to enjoy at least the crumbs at the table of the revolutionary feast?” Disabled single mother Maria Zolotova-Sologub raised this question in a petition dated July 1929, demanding medical assistance and a monthly subsidy for herself and her daughter. While the welfare of able-bodied and industrially productive people in the first socialist country in the world was protected by a state-funded insurance system, the social rights of labor-incapacitated and unemployed individuals such as Zolotova-Sologub were difficult to define and legitimize.
May 2016, 322 pp., 11 illus., 6x9
Maria Cristina Galmarini-Kabala is assistant professor of history at James Madison University. The recipient of a Davis Center fellowship, she has published articles and essays on Soviet history in English, Russian, and Italian scholarly journals.
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