Deborah Nägler

Eberhard Karls University Tübingen

Institute of Educational Sciences, Research Group Social Pedagogy

Münzgasse 30
D-72070 Tübingen


+49 (0)7071 29-76732

Deborah Nägler studied social work and education in Darmstadt and Frankfurt am Main and held a position as a student assistant for Prof. Sabine Andresen in the research project Poverty as a Risk Factor: Qualitative Study of Vulnerability in Childhood”. In addition, she was employed as an external expert for the Bertelsmann Stiftung. Her work and research focuses on topics of childhood and youth, transitions and socialization, poverty and inequality as well as on qualitative research methods. Her PhD project Growing up in an individualized society – modern childhood as a space of possibilities in the dialectical understanding of socialization and individuation deals with the transition from the middle childhood to the early phase of adolescence as a qualitative-empirical and theoretical examination. Based on individual dealing with and within transition and subjective coping mechanisms and adoption processes this dissertation allows to recognize transition processes as a connection between social structures and the institutional framework and to distinguish their interdependencies which is enabled by the multidimensional concept of psychosocial spaces of transitions. The aim of the project is a reflective understanding of children’s realities and to allow macrostructural conditions to be included in the analysis of microsocial transition processes. This project contributes not only empirical findings concerning the transition from childhood to the phase of adolescence to the research group, but also a theoretical conceptual input to the educationally oriented transition research.