Cash benefits

Mette Skytte Nygaard, Nicklas Baadsgaard Koch, Camilla Klok, Kara Rosina Kønig-Wheatley & Rune Sødergreen Brieghel

Student thesis: Bachelor project


The purpose of this project is to examine the extent, to which, receiving cash benefits affects the subject’s self-understanding in adulthood based on critical psychology. The empirical basis consists of an extern collaboration with the organization INSP!, and we will be conducting narrative interviewing of three subjects who are receiving cash benefits, including the network leader.
Furthermore, we have chosen to work eclectically with our project, and additionally we will be incorporating scientific theories with various fundamental basis. This decision was made to ensure the creation of a varied understanding. We have chosen to incorporate Ian Burkitt’s theory of Social Selves, Erving Goffman’s theory of Stigma, and finally Davies and Harré’s Positioning theory to accomplish the expertise needed to gain understanding. In this project, we will make use of Burkitt to define and understand the identity of the subjects. Goffman will constitute our main theory as he describes the way in which society stigmatizes certain subjects.
The theory of positioning has been chosen as a supplementary theory due to it’s description of the subject’s positioning in practices depending on the nature of the Stigma. We will account for the chosen theories and the relevant concepts, which we will make use of in our analysis.
The results of our analysis show, that stigmatization takes place in the case of a subject receiving cash benefits, and that this may influence the subject’s self-understanding having negative consequences. Those whom we interviewed will position themselves within the stigma, although given the opportunity to resist. Based on this investigation, we can conclude that the stigmatization of those receiving cash benefits greatly affects the subject’s self-understanding.

EducationsPsychology, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Bachelor
Publication date28 May 2017
Number of pages89
SupervisorsKasper Andreas Kristensen