OF POVERTY STUDIES
Elżbieta Tarkowska, Professor, Head
Since 1995 the Group has focused on the research project “Społeczna historia ubóstwa w Europie Środkowej” (Social History of Poverty in Central Europe), in co-operation with other employers of IFiS PAN and PhD students of GSSR at IFiS PAN and Central European University (CEU). In 1995-2002 the following researchers worked on the project: H.Palska, Associate Professor, J.Sikorska, Associate Professor, K. Lutyńska, Associate Professor, and PhD students: J. Jastrzębska-Szklarska, MA, K.Korzeniewska, MA, J.Laskowska-Otowińska, MA, D. Lepianka, MA, and presently A.Kalbarczyk, MA. The Group aims at the analysis of the former and new forms of poverty, the characteristics of poverty in contemporary in Poland, its differentiation according to age (child poverty) and gender (the phenomenon of feminisation of poverty), and the mechanisms of reproduction of poverty as well as at studying methodological issues, including cultural aspects of poverty and qualitative methods applied in research on poverty. In recent years the following research projects were accomplished: “Historia biedy: dwa studia przypadku” (History of Poverty: Two Case Studies) (2000-2001, project financed by KBN, directed by K.Korzeniewska); “Poverty, Ethnicity and Gender in Transitional Societies” (1998–2002), the qualitative part of an international project by Ivan Szeleny of Yale University; “Młodzież z dawnych PGR-ów wobec zagrożeń ubóstwa i marginalizacji” (Young People from Former State-owned Farms Faced with Poverty and Marginalisation) (2001, for the Institute of Public Affairs, an order of AWRSP, directed by E.Tarkowska). Since 2004 E.Tarkowska and A.Kalbarczyk take part in “ordered” KBN project directed by Professor S.Golinowska “Ubóstwo i wykluczenie społeczne oraz metody ich zwalczania” (Poverty and Social Exclusion and the Ways to Combat Them”. Since 1998 E. Tarkowska with H. Palska and J. Sikorska ran a national seminar “Dawne i nowe ubóstwo” (Old and New Poverty), and since 2002 “Nierówności, bieda, bezrobocie” (Inequalities, Poverty, Unemployment). In April 2000 E.Tarkowska organised a national conference in Wisła: “Przeciw biedzie: programy, pomysły, inicjatywy” (Combating Poverty: Programmes, Ideas, Initiatives), and in June 2002 – the international conference in Mądralin “Poverty, Ethnicity and Gender in Transitional Societies”. E.Tarkowska conducts a seminar “Bieda a kultura i styl życia” (Poverty versus Culture and Lifestyle) at GSSR.
Recent publications include: E. Tarkowska (ed.), Zrozumieć biednego. O dawnej i obecnej biedzie w Polsce (To Understand a Pauper. On Former and New Poverty in Poland), (Warsaw 2000), E. Tarkowska (ed.), Przeciw biedzie (Combating Poverty) (Warsaw 2002); E. Tarkowska and K. Korzeniewska (eds.), Młodzież z dawnych PGR-ów: Raport z badań (Young People from Former State-Owned Farms: A Research Report) (Warsaw 2002), K. Korzeniewska, and E. Tarkowska (eds.), Lata tłuste, lata chude… Spojrzenia na biedę w społecznościach lokalnych (Fat Years, Lean Years… Looking at Poverty in Local Communities) (Warsaw 2002); E. Tarkowska, W. Warzywoda-Kruszyńska, and K. Wódz, (eds.), Biedni o sobie i swoim życiu (The Poor about themselves and their Lives) (Katowice 2003). The Group maintains contacts with researchers from Western and Eastern Europe and the United States.
Address: Institute of Philosophy and Sociology PAN,
00-330 Warsaw, Nowy Świat 72, Room 120,
tel. (48 22) 657-27-74; fax (48 22) 826-78-23