De nye fattige

Sofie Malm Henriksen, Emilie Bagge Christensen, Valeriya Sapunova & Karoline Amalie Boysen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project examines the relation between the welfare state and the citizen. It investigates how the welfare state treats what Zygmunt Bauman defines as “the new poor” and furthermore why and how the new poor are looked down upon in the society. The main focus in the study is to investigate the construction of the new poor in the welfare state. By making use of the theory Governmentality explained in "Governmentality: Magt og styring i samfundet" and Bauman’s view on the consumer society emphasized in "Arbejde, forbrugerisme og de nye fattige", it becomes clear that the welfare state controls the citizens toward their wished goals, which includes being an independent citizen and contribute to the welfare state by having a job. It also shows that the welfare institutions are highly influenced by the prejudices against new the poor, which affects their conduct of them. This project shows a rather particular relation between the welfare state and the consumer society in which being a good consumer is almost essential for being a successful human being. This leads to the new poor being discriminated in the society simply because they are not capable of consuming as much as the rest of the society. Through a discussion of this matter, it is concluded that the consumer society and the work ethic play the key roles in the construction of the poor. Work is viewed as highly valuable for the human and hence the new poor will not simply be considered useless in the consumer society, but as a result of this, the new poor will not be acknowledged as a valuable individual in the society.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2014


  • Forbrugersamfund
  • Bauman
  • Arbejdsetik
  • Governmentality
  • De nye fattige
  • Dean
  • Fattige