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Keynote Jean-Pierre TABIN

Keynote  Jean-Pierre TABIN

Jean-Pierre Tabin is a graduate social worker and has a PHD in social work and social policy. He is Professor of social policy at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Faculty of Social Work (EESP Lausanne, and member of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES – Overcoming vulnerability: Life course perspectives  ( His research interests include poverty, begging, unemployment, social policies, ableism and non-take up. He was invited to present his academic researches to numerous universities, including Berkeley, Bordeaux, Geneva, Louvain, Ouagadougou, Paris, Sydney, Venice, etc. Last published book (with René Knüsel and Claire Ansermet): Lutter contre les pauvres. Les politiques face à la mendicité_ à l’exemple du canton de Vaud. Lausanne : éditions d’en bas (2nd edition, 2016).

Extract of the conference

Welfare state is exclusive: depending on the context, foreign people, new immigrants, undocumented people or people who have not been employed in the country, in short people who are not included in the categories set up as rightful for social protection are left behind. This is particularly true for beggars: highly visible in the streets, though invisible for the welfare state.

People who decide not to claim the rights they are entitled to are also invisible for the welfare state. In this case, non take-up can be interpreted as a protest against technologies of power. Obviously, this it a way of doing politics.

This lecture is based upon a research project carried out within the framework of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES – Overcoming vulnerability: Life course perspectives.


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