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Zeitschrift für Sozialreform

Journal of Social Policy Research

Ed. by Gerlinger, Thomas / Hinrichs, Karl / Igl, Gerhard / Leitner, Sigrid / Lessenich, Stephan / Nullmeier, Frank / Trampusch, Christine

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Volume 62, Issue 2 (Jun 2016)


Wenig gebildet, viel sanktioniert? Zur Selektivität von Sanktionen in der Grundsicherung des SGB II

Franz Zahradnik / Dr. Franziska Schreyer
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  • Institut fur Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB) der Bundesagentur fur Arbeit, Forschungsbereich E1 „Bildungs- und Erwerbsverlaufe“, Regensburger Str. 104, 90478 Nurnberg
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/ Andreas Moczall
  • IAB, Forschungsbereich C2 „Grundsicherung und Aktivierung“
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/ Lutz Gschwind / Mark Trappmann
Published Online: 2016-06-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zsr-2016-0009


Welfare benefit recipients who are subject to benefit sanctions live below the subsistence level for a fixed period of time. Individuals with low education bear an increased risk of being sanctioned. Quantitative analyses of linked administrative and survey data indicate that this increased risk cannot be attributed to a lower motivation to work or a lower willingness to make concessions regarding job offers. Our analyses of qualitative interviews and individual case files reveal complex processes: Low cultural capital when dealing with administrative matters, a habitual distance vis-à-vis job center employees as well as previous negative attributions in case files can advance the sanctioning of low-skilled welfare recipients. In this way, sanctions contribute to the (re)production of social inequality.

Schlüsselwörter : Wohlfahrtsstaat; Sanktionen; Bildung; Mixed Methods; soziale Ungleichheit

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Published Online: 2016-06-25

Published in Print: 2016-06-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, ISSN (Online) 2366-0295, ISSN (Print) 0514-2776, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zsr-2016-0009. Export Citation

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