The social and economic changes following the political turn from 1989 led to the appearance of specific forms of poverty in Eastern Europe, thus in Romania as well. Some categories became the losers of transition, being regarded as the new poor by the mainstream sociological literature. Péter László's stududy reveals that the survival strategies operational before '89 lost their utility and the losers of transition had to search for new strategies. However, the developed models vary. There are persons who, by virtue of their situation, are ready to assume the risks that accompany the use of certain strategies. Others adapted with much more difficulty to the changing environment and they do not, or often cannnnot assume risks. They experience and conceptualize their situation through specific reflections, verbalizing it in a particular mannnner. The analysis concerns also the elements of these reflections.

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