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Politics of Care and Compassion: Civic Help for Refugees and Its Political Implications in Hungary—A Mixed-Methods Approach

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This chapter focuses on philanthropic aid provided to refugees crossing Hungary between the spring and autumn of 2015. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, the paper elaborates the relationship between civic helping and politics. It claims that, besides an identifiable tendency to depoliticization, a strong positive relationship between charity and politics may also be unfolded. Furthermore, the paper identifies a dialectical relationship between charity and politics. This entails on the one hand a process of increasing public awareness and responsibility that we call the politicization of charity. On the other hand, charity activism in support of refugees appears to be a novel form of giving voice to positions concerning political actors and political responses to the so-called refugee crisis; we call the charitization of politics.

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  • Solidarity
  • Charity
  • Compassion
  • Civil society
  • Politics
  • Hungary
  • East Central Europe

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Appendix : Additional Tables and Statistics

Table 3.8 Communalities of the factor analysis of volunteer narratives
Table 3.9 KMO-measure and Bartlett’s Test of Sphericity for the factor analysis on volunteer narratives
Table 3.10 Attitude towards civic help for refugees (Principal component analysis, factor loadings)
Table 3.11 Empirical measure of attitudes towards state-related actors (principal component analysis, factor loadings)
Table 3.12 Attitudes to Civic Help for Refugees and Satisfaction/Critique of Political Actors—Linear Regression Models

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Feischmidt, M., Zakariás, I. (2019). Politics of Care and Compassion: Civic Help for Refugees and Its Political Implications in Hungary—A Mixed-Methods Approach. In: Feischmidt, M., Pries, L., Cantat, C. (eds) Refugee Protection and Civil Society in Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-92741-1_3

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