Poverty, Emotions and State Interventions. Before and After the COVID-19 Pandemic


Angélica De Sena, PhD – Professor, Buenos Aires University and National University of La Matanza; Researcher, Scientific and Technological Researcher Career (CIC) at CONICET, Argentina
Andrea Dettan, PhD – Professor, Buenos Aires University and National University of La Matanza; Researcher, Scientific and Technological Researcher Career (CIC) at CONICET, Argentina
Rebeca Cena, PhD – Professor, National University of Río Cuarto (UNRC) and National University of Villa María; Researcher, Scientific and Technological Researcher Career (CIC) at CONICET; Center for Knowledge, Training and Research in Social Studies-National Council for Scientific and Technical Research, Argentina

Series: Social Welfare Policies and Programs – Patterns, Implications and Prospects; Hunger and Poverty: Causes, Impacts and Eradication
BISAC: SOC026000; SOC045000; SOC000000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/DVLB6774


“Delving into the intricate tapestry of social policies, this book serves as a profound exploration of the interplay between poverty, emotions, and state interventions, both in the prelude and aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Offering a nuanced perspective, it unravels the complexities surrounding poverty and its emotional dimensions, shedding light on how state interventions have evolved in response to these challenges. From examining gender dynamics to delving into the experiences of individuals impacted by financial support programs, each chapter offers a captivating journey into the heart of social policy. More than just an academic discourse, this book stands as a compelling manifesto, urging readers to reconsider conventional notions and embrace the intricate humanity behind every policy decision. A vital resource for those seeking to grasp the transformative potential of social policies amidst the shifting landscape of our world.” – Silvia Cataldi – Associate Professor of Sociology – Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

“The text, Poverty, Emotions and State Interventions. Before and After the COVID-19 Pandemic, thoroughly analyzes the design and impact of social policies implemented in recent decades. The book emphasizes the social emotions shaped by the amalgam of disjointed international, state, and social organization interventions., and offers an innovative view of the complex social and political transactions. It identifies the challenges arising from the “new risks,” modes, and actors involved in or influencing the co-production processes of social policies that generate dependency, chronicity, and the reproduction of situations of social exclusion. These social policies and interventions create multiple critical incidents and ethical dilemmas among actors, institutions, and beneficiaries. Undoubtedly, this reading proposes a different and innovative perspective from the emotional aspect of social policies with clear academic, research, and professional interests in our days.” – Enrique Pastor Seller- Full Professor Social Work and Social Services. University of Murcia, Spain

“This book is an example of the virtuous articulation between the sociology of social policies and the sociology of emotions born within the context of one of the few social science groups systematically dedicated to research in this field. The text brings together a systematic, coherent, and innovative set of research that shows how social policies generate emotions and develop sensibilities. From an original perspective, the authors show how poverty remediation policies, assistance to precariousness, and subsidies for the reproduction of life can intervene, moderating the social production of fear, frustration, joy, or helplessness. Poverty, Emotions and State Interventions. Before and after the COVID-19 Pandemic” is a great book that shows, from a sociological point of view, how emotions have been transformed into political instruments.”  – Eduardo Bericat Alastuey- Full Professor of Sociology. University of Seville, Spain


With the rise of poverty, welfare state crises, health crises, and populist governments, state intervention and social policies are greatly affected by emotions. Based on sociological research carried out in Argentina, this book aims to examine state interventions at a global level and identify the emotions that shape social policies addressing nationwide poverty.

In understanding the social structures of the 21st century, it is crucial to analyze social policies from psychological and physiological perspectives. Thus, this book explores the connection between emotions, well-being, and feelings to women’s participation in social policies and the dimension of uncertainty, trust, and fear from these interventions. Further, this book examines cash transfers and energy insufficiency in social policies that address poverty. Moreover, it seeks to understand new social architectures by discovering the sensibilities configured over the years in impoverished populations and recipients of state policies.

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Author’s ORCID iD

Angélica De Sena: 0000-0003-2174-3121
Andrea Dettano: 0000-0001-9985-6690
Rebeca Cena: 0000-0002-5006-1261

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