Leonie C. Steckermeier

Leonie C. Steckermeier
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg | OvGU · Institute for Sociology (ISOZ)

Dr. rer. soc.

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April 2012 - March 2015
Universität Stuttgart
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
October 2008 - September 2011
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Field of study
  • Social Sciences

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Publications (18)
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The Spirit Level Theory developed by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett claims that low-inequality societies are better societies because people are plagued less by status anxiety, and previous research has largely supported this idea. With the aim of broadening the knowledge about status anxiety, this article examines a crucial component of status...
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Supporting surveillance policies is a risky proposition in the sense that people are uncertain about the consequences of these policies. We argue that political trust serves as a mechanism to reduce uncertainty in circumstances where civil liberties are in jeopardy. Building on different theoretical perspectives, we examined whether trust is more r...
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Trust is widely considered a critical resource for modern societies, and in times of crisis like the coronavirus pandemic, its importance is even greater: More than ever we depend on fellow citizens to behave responsibly, and on institutional actors to make the right decisions. Looking at trust from an existential security point of view, this paper...
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This paper examines the association of opportunity and choice enhancing societal conditions and perceived autonomy with life satisfaction in Europe. Building on the capability approach, I investigate whether the positive effects of six basic functionings-safety, friendship, health, financial security, leisure, and respect-on people's life satisfact...
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Der Beitrag gibt einen Überblick über die sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Lebensbedingungen von Kindern und Jugendlichen in Mittel- und Südamerika und beleuchtet insbesondere die Bereiche Gesundheit, Fertilität und Sexualität sowie Bildung und Erziehung aus der Perspektive der aktuellen Kindheits- und Jugendforschung in Lateinamerika. Wird die Lebens...
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Buchrezension zu Cabanas, Edgar, und Eva Illouz: Das Glücksdiktat und wie es unser Leben beherrscht. Berlin: Suhrkamp 2019. ISBN: 978-3-518-46998-9. 243 Seiten.
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The income inequality hypothesis claims that in rich societies inequality causes a range of health and social problems (henceforth: social ills), e.g. because economic inequality induces feelings of status anxiety and corrodes social cohesion. This paper provides an encompassing test of the income inequality hypothesis by exploring levels and breed...
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Physical attractiveness is increasingly framed as a meritocratic good that involves individual benefits, such as higher wages or success in the partner market. Investing in one’s physical appearance is thereby seen as a means to increase one’s human capital. While the positive effects are well documented, its counterpart, the dark side of physical...
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Following Bourdieu, we suggest that the size of cultural class divisions can be derived from how strongly cultural consumption at various levels – highbrow, mid-brow, and lowbrow – is structured by cultural and economic capital (Delhey et al. 2017: 221). Therefore, the CCD-Index measures the extent to which economic and cultural capital shape cultu...
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Our Article: Better for Everyone? Egalitarian Culture and Social Wellbeing in Europe has been "corrected" to OPEN ACCESS. Check it out: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11205-018-2007-z
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Zusammenfassung Der vorliegende Beitrag präsentiert erstmalig Ergebnisse zum Ausmaß, der Verteilung und den Folgen individuell erlebter Wert- und Geringschätzung in Deutschland anhand von Daten aus der Innovationsstichprobe des Sozio-oekonomischen Panels (SOEP-IS 2016). Zum einen adressieren wir damit einen grundlegenden Tatbestand des sozialen Leb...
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We discuss findings from a survey of sociology students in Germany and consequences for teaching. We focus on the de facto formation of a sociological canon, the relation between theories and methods, and effects of social and political characteristics on student’s scientific preferences. Our findings suggest that irrespective of an agreement of th...
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The goal of this study is to explore the relationship between culture and social well-being, focusing on inferiority feelings. While being respected is widely seen as a key ingredient of a good life, inferiority feelings signal a lack of esteem from others. Previous research has mainly looked at income inequality as the key contextual condition for...
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Abstiegsängste, Furcht vor Zuwanderung und Klimawandel: Glaubt man populären Zeitdiagnosen, leben wir in einer Gesellschaft der Angst. Dieser Band trägt aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse zur Gefühlslage der Menschen in Deutschland zusammen und unterzieht damit die Diagnose »Angstgesellschaft« einer kritischen Überprüfung: Kennen die Sorgen und Ängste d...
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Available under: http://rdcu.be/DW7E This article explores the subjective well-being (SWB) of eight-year-old children in relation to two aspects important to young people’s lives: perceptions of safety and agency. Research has shown that safety perceptions among children are positively correlated with SWB. Building on the capabilities approach, thi...

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The project investigates social space and cultural class divisions in Europe from an empirical and comparative perspective.
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The Spirit Level theory as recently developed by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett claims that egalitarian societies have less social problems and allow their citizens better lives than inegalitarian societies. The assumed causal mechanism is inequality-induced status anxiety, which leads to behavior by which individuals harm themselves and society at large. However, neither the Spirit Level book nor follow-up research has provided convincing evidence for this causal mechanism. To fill this gap, this project proposes to examine the impact inequalities have on status anxiety and further on individual and societal quality of life, in a cross-national perspective involving the member states of the European Union. The following key questions are addressed: How widespread is status anxiety in Europe, and which groups of people are especially affected by it? Which societal conditions cause status anxiety, and how important are social inequalities in this respect? Which consequences does status anxiety have for individual and societal quality of life? Provided status anxiety does not mediate between societal conditions and (low) quality of life: what else could be the key socio-psychological mechanism? The project is designed as a quantitative cross-country comparison, covering the member states of the European Union. The main data source is the European Quality of Life Surveys (EQLS) from 2003, 2007 und 2011/12. The project promises to provide new insights into how society should be organized so that all citizens feel respected.