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Book announcement: "Spannungsfeld Nichtinanspruchnahme - Wenn Bedürftige auf den Sozialstaat verzichten" (When indigent persons reject the social state)

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More than one in three eligible persons in Germany reject social benefits. This field of "hidden poverty" (Becker 2005) has so far been little studied, especially from a sociological perspective on social policy, its occurrence, use and effect. With her study, sfs researcher Jennifer Eckhardt now publishes an approach that focuses on the target group and investigates the socio-structural background of the renunciation, asks which developments favor it and which side effects can arise.

After a foreword by Angelika Poferl, the central welfare state category of "neediness/indigence" is problematized, and the current culture of the welfare state is classified in terms of a historical and contemporary diagnosis. On the basis of interpretative case-by-case analyses, patterns of renunciation are then worked out in order to abstract a specific "indigence-dispositif " which, with its internal structures of political models, socio-cultural narratives, artifacts and objectivations, formulates demands on the addressees of the welfare state. According to one of the study's findings, renunciation can be understood as a negation, with which individuals reject the imposed categorization as "indigent" along with the connotations they themselves see in it.  This also gives rise to further areas of tension and conflict relevant to the principle of the welfare state, which are described in the book's conclusion as (side) consequences of renunciation.

The book is published in the series "Wissenskulturen", edited by Angelika Poferl and Reiner Keller and can be ordered on the publisher's website as a print product or e-book.

Location & approach

Exit 13 (Kreuz Dortmund Nord-Ost), direction Derne/Schwerte (B236), 1st exit direction Dortmund-Eving, next traffic lights turn right (Kemminghauser Str.), after 2.7km turn left (Evinger Str./B 54), after 1.1km traffic lights turn left (Deutsche Straße), after 500m on the left is the Evinger Platz.

From the Bundesstraße 1 (extension A40 or A44) to the intersection B1/B236 direction Lünen, 3rd exit direction Dortmund-Eving.

Exit Dortmund Hafen, turn left until the intersection Münsterstraße (B54), direction Eving, after about three kilometers turn into Deutsche Straße.

You can download an enlarged general map here

From Dortmund Airport, it takes just about 20 minutes to get to Dortmund Central Station by AirportExpress and from there to the university by subway (U-Bahn) 41. The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station. From there, you can get directly to Dortmund Central Station.

From Dortmund Central Station, take the U 41 light rail (direction Brambauer / Brechten). The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". The Minister Stein Center is located on the right in the direction of travel of the streetcar.

You can find an overview map here.