Dimitar Panchev
This part of the project, related to the socio-analytical dimensions of vulnerability, will aim to challenge the different forms of homelessness, empirical material for which will be accumulated through field studies that will be conducted on the territory of the city of Plovdiv. Moving beyond the demonized images of the Roma that circulate in the media and online information channels, according to which the representatives of this ethnic group live in illegal houses and do not pay any bills, the current research case will present a constructive critique of the punitive policies that have emerged in the place of the “welfare state” and also the forms of social suffering that the withdrawal of state power generates in one of the ethnically segregated neighbourhoods in the city of Plovdiv. Among the main topics in which homelessness can be clearly identified is that of the constant fear in which some of the locals live, a fear that is related to the real possibility of being deprived of even that, which a purely bureaucratic and administrative language would characterize as a “non-regulatory area”. This is a fear that can be thought of as a symptomatic manifestation of everyday psychopathologies, a fear that is also the result of a “Geworfenheit” (following Heidegger) of the agent into a world that cannot always be understood in its complexity. At the same time, it is a world that has an idealized idea of ​​its normality, and that is why it cannot hold the inconsistency between the different life chances that community members possess when compared to those whose lives are not marked by the “effect of the ghetto” (following Bourdieu). Wearing such a stigma and the negative naming it is very much associated with creates a sense of inequality among people, but at the same time forces them to seek help, which in the long run only deepens the crisis and is a prerequisite for creating “a lost generation” or in the neoliberal language – NEET (not in education, training or employment). Hence the topicality of the socioanalytical approaches that could adequately serve as a pre-clinical intervention to resolve the contradictions that make up the structure of the late modern society.