Meine Familie ist arm. Wie Kinder im Grundschulalter Armut erleben und bewältigen. 2. Aufl.

Wiesbaden: VS Verlag 2005
352pp. Euro 34.90; ISBN 3-531-14682-3

My family is poor. How primary school children experience and cope with poverty. 2nd ed.
Descriptions of 14 children living in poverty in Germany show how they perceive their family and their environment. The book is the result of a qualitative study of children between 6 and 10, representing their perspective. Results show that processes of increasing disadvantages and multidimensional exclusion of these children pose a theoretical, empirical, and conceptual challenge for social work, and the inadequacy of present work for children and youth becomes apparent. The book then discusses proposals for a conceptual re-orientation of measures in this sector, a transfer of the results into social pedagogy and professions in education. The chapters deal with: poverty in Germany, poverty of children as a research topic, portraits of the children researched, results of the empirical survey (material limitations, effects on education and experiences, social contacts and networks, access to children´s culture and recreation, agency and decisionmaking opportunities), life situations and coping strategies, and finally consequences for social pedagogy.

Keywords: poverty and children, children and poverty, agency of children, education and poverty