Stalin’s humanitarian government: class, child homelessness and state security in a historical perspective (1930s–40s)

Franco, Rosaria (2017) Stalin’s humanitarian government: class, child homelessness and state security in a historical perspective (1930s–40s). European Review of History: Revue européenne d’histoire, 25 (1). pp. 121-146. ISSN 1350-7486

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Abstract

Informed by Didier Fassin’s concept of humanitarian government, this article reveals a distinct pattern of secret care provisions imposed under Stalin by the secret police and its successor agencies (NKVD, MVD) first to the peasant children displaced by class war and the famine of 1932–33, and then to the children made homeless by the Great Terror and the 1940s’ national deportations. The article also identifies the under-researched reception centres as crucial sites for both administering emergency assistance and establishing the social classification necessary to apply these discriminatory measures. Affected by the decreasing faith in their possible socialist rehabilitation and lack of any official display of compassion, these children’s lives appeared even less worthy of saving in the course of major emergencies. These findings challenge the official Soviet view of the existence of a universal childhood worth protecting, which guided the first socialist country’s intervention to save other children nationally and internationally.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Review of History: Revue européenne d’histoire on 02 Jun 2017, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13507486.2017.1319341
Keywords: Child homelessness; reception centres; social classification; social policy; Stalinism
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of International Studies
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/13507486.2017.1319341
Depositing User: Zhou, Elsie
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2018 08:08
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2018 04:30
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/52624

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