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Zertifikat "audit berufundfamilie"

Inhaltsbereich: Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung

Ich meine, das reicht hinten und vorne nicht


"In public discourse sustainable consumption issues like the evolving sharing economy are mostly related to middle class consumerism. In contrast this paper makes the case of families living on welfare (Hartz IV) and their everyday economic practice. Limited in their financial means their participation in consumption is restricted and their lifestyle is necessarily related to frugality. This raises the question if they, unwillingly, have to draw on sustainable practices among them 'sharing'. Based on qualitative research, the issue is looked at from a practice theoretical perspective. Case studies reveal under which conditions sustainable strategies are applied by poor households and how this - under the criterion of sufficency - contributes to their wellbeing. It is discussed which preconditions have to be fulfilled to implement sustainability practices and which constraints might impede their dissemination." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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Engel, Florian; Hirseland, Andreas (2016): Ich meine, das reicht hinten und vorne nicht * Ans├Ątze nachhaltigen Wirtschaftens bei Hartz IV-Beziehenden. In: Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung, Vol. 85, Iss. 3, pp. 69-79.