Department IV: The Social Regime

Director: Prof. Dr. Thomas Schaarschmidt

The research projects of Department IV investigate the question of how social processes were contained and regulated by the political systems of the twentieth century. How did social inequalities develop? Which processes of mobilization and rationalization are evident? And how were normative orders subjectively appropriated?

Current projects are investigating the relationship between social inequality and the welfare state, social mobilization during the Second World War, Fordism as a signature characteristic of the twentieth century, and the paradigm of resocialization.

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Department IV addresses social inequality as a key category in contemporary societal analysis. Researchers seek to analyse social-historical questions in light of the modern state’s historical involvement in social welfare policy. At the heart of the examination is the question of the...

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Der Forschungsschwerpunkt befasst sich mit Prozessen der Subjektwerdung in westlich-liberalen Gesellschaften, wobei es inbesondere um die Entstehung neuartiger politischer Subjekte geht. 

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With the field of Rationalisation Department IV takes into account a diverse range of aspects– economic, social, and cultural – that characterized modernisation throughout the twentieth century.

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Department IV’s researchers investigate concepts, instruments and practices of societal control and mobilisation, the interrelation between mobilisation and society’s self-interests as well as processes of “self-mobilisation”.

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