Head of Department: 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.