Integration und Ausschluss - die neue soziale Frage?
New social differentiations change social structures. Within the context of individualisation, current process-based research on poverty focuses on social settings and environments. processes of social integration and exclusion are considered special forms of social inequality. They mark the «new social question». Compared to older conceptualisations of the poverty and labor questions, this form of inequality is less shaped by material hardship. Have earlier analyses of class and inequality stressing vertical structures thereby become inapplicable? In attempt to answer this question, the article outlines a synthesis of current discussions on the classic question of poverty and social inequality.