Pathetic Choice

Didier Fassin

in Humanitarian Reason

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780520271166
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950481 | DOI:
Pathetic Choice

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This chapter focuses on the methods and principles used by the officialsss for evaluating the applications for Fonds d'urgence sociale or Social Emergency Fund (Fus). The fund was set up by French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin in January 1998 as a political response to the growing protests by the unemployed and the adverse public opinion generated by the media focus on it. The aim of this emergency fund was to address the most difficult situations that could not be resolved through social security. A series of interviews and the analysis of a sample of applications for the grant aid to evaluate the efficacy of the applicants' arguments and the rhetorical choices made by them in their attempt to move the officials are also present. Especially factors such as composition of the family of the applicants and concern for children or for aging parents also influenced the evaluation process of the applications.

Keywords: Fonds d'urgence sociale; Lionel Jospin; unemployed; social security; aging parents

Chapter.  17102 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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