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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Macrosociology

Socio-economic Insecurity

(Investigator: Steffen Mau; Researchers: Nadine Schöneck-Voss, Jan Mewes)

In the current public and academic discourse the phenomenon of social insecurity is widely discussed. Various kinds of new social risks and insecurities are becoming more widespread throughout European societies threatening biographical stability and status security. Major objective changes such as an increased competition, the restructuring of the labor market, processes of globalization and internationalization as well as the retrenchment of the welfare state are held responsible for heightened levels of socio-economic insecurity. The project is interested in the relationship between objective changes and subjective perceptions of (in)security. We make use of comparative data sources such as the fourth round of the European Social Survey (ESS; 2008) and different national data sets. Currently, we cooperate with the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (GSOEP) for implementing several new items addressing the issues of insecurity and coping strategies.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Heejung Chung/Steffen Mau (2014): Subjective Insecurity and the Role of Institutions. In: Journal of European Social Policy 24(4).

Heejung Chung/Steffen Mau (eds.) (2014): Subjective Insecurity and the Role of Institutions. Special Issue, Journal of European Social Policy 24(4). [link]

Steffen Mau (2012): Lebenschancen. Wohin driftet die Mittelschicht? Berlin: edition suhrkamp.

Mau, Steffen/Mewes, Jan/Schöneck, Nadine M. (2012): What determines subjective socio-economic insecurity? Context and class in comparative perspective. In: Socio-Economic Review (doi: 10.1093/ser/mws001).

Schöneck, Nadine M./Mau, Steffen/Schupp, Jürgen (2011): Gefühlte Unsicherheit. Deprivationsängste und Abstiegssorgen der Bevölkerung in Deutschland. SOEPpaper 428-2011.

Mau, Steffen/Mewes, Jan/Schöneck, Nadine M. (2011): Die Produktion sozialer Sicherheit. Beschäftigungssicherheit, Einkommenssicherung und gesundheitliche Versorgung in ländervergleichender Perspektive. In: Berliner Journal für Soziologie 21 (2), 175-202.

 

PRESENTATIONS

Nadine M. Schöneck/Carola Hommerich: Wer schafft es wie in die Mitte? Wahrnehmungen von sozialer Ungleichheit und Statuserwerbsprozessen - Deutschland und Japan im Vergleich. Presentation at the Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association, Bern, June 28, 2013.

Christoph Burkhardt/Nadine M. Schöneck: Zwischen Wunsch und Wirklichkeit. Zur Frage gegenwärtiger und wünschenswerter gesellschaftlicher Schichtung. Presentation at the Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association, Bern, June 27, 2013.

Nadine M. Schöneck/Steffen Mau: Tendenzen der Polarisierung? Zum Einfluss von Globalisierung auf Umverteilungspräferenzen. Presentation at the Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association, Bern, June 27, 2013.

Christoph Burkhardt/Nadine M. Schöneck: In welcher Gesellschaft leben wir – und in welcher würden wir gerne leben? Zur Einschätzung der gegenwärtigen und der wünschenswerten gesellschaftlichen Stratifikation in 26 Ländern. Presentation at the 36th Congress of the German Sociological Association, Bochum, October 5, 2012.

Steffen Mau/Jan Mewes/Nadine M. Schöneck: Welche Determinanten beeinflussen subjektive sozioökonomische Un­sicherheit? Kontext und Klasse in vergleichender Perspektive. Presentation at the 36th Congress of the German Sociological Association, Bochum, October 3, 2012.

Steffen Mau/Jan Mewes/Nadine M. Schöneck: Subjective Socio-Economic Insecurity: What Makes People Feel Insecure? Presentation at the Max Planck–Sciences Po Conference "Coping with Instability in Market Societies", Paris, December 15/16, 2011.

Steffen Mau/Jan Mewes/Nadine M. Schöneck: Socio-Economic Insecurity. A Cross-National Comparison. Contributed Paper to Stream 20 ("Effects of the Economic Crisis on Equality and Poverty") at the IX Annual ESPAnet Conference in Valencia, September 10, 2011.

Steffen Mau: Soziale Sicherheit im Wandel. Ein europäischer Vergleich. Presentation at the University of Vienna, March 15, 2011.

Steffen Mau: Soziale Sicherheit, soziale Unsicherheit. Trends, Befunde, Paradoxien. Presentation at the am Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), May 5, 2011.

Nadine M. Schöneck: Social Insecurity. A Comparison of European Countries. Presentation at the Conference "The Sociology of Risk", University of Copenhagen, January 27/28, 2011.