In this paper, we start from a blind spot of the construction of social problems theory: the resistance of potential audiences to the institutionalized definition of problems and of their solutions.
First, we show the hegemonic character of social rights positivity for their potential audiences. Second, we examine non take-up of social rights
research to show that it is not always, or not only due to administrative dysfunctions, lack of social skills or processes of social stigmatization: it can be a reaction to state
power. This type of non take-up is based on a “furtive” critic of the institutionalized
definition of problems and of their solutions because of the hegemonic nature of social
rights positivity. To study it, we propose to mobilize tools inspired by subaltern, post-
colonial and decolonial anthropological perspectives.