Social Consequences of the Transformation of the World of Work in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century

Postgraduate Research Group of the Hans Böckler Foundation

Direction: Frank Bösch/ZZF, Winfried Süß/ZZF, Stefan Berger/ISB Bochum, und Andreas Wirsching/IfZ München-Berlin
Duration: December 2016 - October 2020

During the second half of the twentieth century, technological and economic changes such as digitalisation and automatisation of production processes, globalisation and the expansion of the service sector have induced fundamental changes in the world of labour. The research group with nine PhD-students explores the consequences of these processes for employees. It is funded by the Hand-Böckler-foundation and supervised by the ZZF (Frank Bösch/Winfried Süß) together with the Institute for Social Movements Bochum (Stefan Berger) and the Institute of Contemporary History in München/Berlin (Andreas Wirsching). The PhD projects address the practices of labour, patterns of social stratification and inequality, and the role of trade unions, mainly at intermediate and micro levels. The research projects of the Potsdam PhD group will concentrate on the correlation between the changes in the world of labour and the changes in social inequality.

The website on the project is available via this link: http://wandel-der-arbeit.de/

Forschung

Projekte

Employment after ‘guest work’
Turkish worlds of work in West Berlin since the 1970s

Stefan Zeppenfeld

PhD project

The termination of recruitment contracts for ‘guest workers’ in November 1973 was a political action of the West German government designed to alleviate the expected impact of their extension on the Federal Republic’s economy. However, numerous ‘guest workers...

Mozambican workers at the Eisenach automobile plant in August 1990. Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1990-0808-006 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1990-0808-006, Eisenach, Automobilwerk, mocambikanische Arbeiter, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

Working Conditions, Gender and Social Disparity in the Automotive Engineering Industry of the GDR
Automobil-Werk-Eisenach (AWE) since the 1970s

Jessica Elsner

PhD project

This PhD project focuses on social disparity and its origins and changes since the 1970s in connection with changes in the working world in the GDR. Disparity developed in the GDR for other reasons and in a different form than in the Federal Republic and...

From Meritocracy to Heritocracy? Inheritance Policies and Practices and their Effect on Social Inequality in West Germany and Great Britain (1949–1990)

Ronny Grundig

PhD project

The transmission of wealth via inheritance is an important social mechanism, which contributes to the stability of our social and economic structure. At the same time, it also transfers structures of social inequality from the past to the future – and maybe...

Chancellor Helmut Schmidt speaks at the central rally of the DGB on May 1, 1973 in Munich. Photo: Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F039611-0005 / Storz / CC-BY-SA 3.0

The Role of the German Trade Union Confederation in the Discourse on Poverty and Unemployment in the 1970s to the 1990s

Katharina Täufert

PhD project

The transformation of the working environment since the 1970s had a direct impact on social structures in West Germany, e.g. rising unemployment, stagnant wage development and growing social inequalities.

Social Consequences of the Transformation of the World of Work in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century

Postgraduate Research Group of the Hans Böckler Foundation

Direction: Frank Bösch/ZZF, Winfried Süß/ZZF, Stefan Berger/ISB Bochum, und Andreas Wirsching/IfZ München-Berlin
Duration: December 2016 - October 2020

During the second half of the twentieth century, technological and economic changes such as digitalisation and automatisation of production processes, globalisation and the expansion of the service sector have induced fundamental changes in the world of labour. The research group with nine PhD-students explores the consequences of these processes for employees. It is funded by the Hand-Böckler-foundation and supervised by the ZZF (Frank Bösch/Winfried Süß) together with the Institute for Social Movements Bochum (Stefan Berger) and the Institute of Contemporary History in München/Berlin (Andreas Wirsching). The PhD projects address the practices of labour, patterns of social stratification and inequality, and the role of trade unions, mainly at intermediate and micro levels. The research projects of the Potsdam PhD group will concentrate on the correlation between the changes in the world of labour and the changes in social inequality.

The website on the project is available via this link: http://wandel-der-arbeit.de/

Forschung

Projekte

Employment after ‘guest work’
Turkish worlds of work in West Berlin since the 1970s

Stefan Zeppenfeld

PhD project

The termination of recruitment contracts for ‘guest workers’ in November 1973 was a political action of the West German government designed to alleviate the expected impact of their extension on the Federal Republic’s economy. However, numerous ‘guest workers...

Mozambican workers at the Eisenach automobile plant in August 1990. Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1990-0808-006 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1990-0808-006, Eisenach, Automobilwerk, mocambikanische Arbeiter, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

Working Conditions, Gender and Social Disparity in the Automotive Engineering Industry of the GDR
Automobil-Werk-Eisenach (AWE) since the 1970s

Jessica Elsner

PhD project

This PhD project focuses on social disparity and its origins and changes since the 1970s in connection with changes in the working world in the GDR. Disparity developed in the GDR for other reasons and in a different form than in the Federal Republic and...

From Meritocracy to Heritocracy? Inheritance Policies and Practices and their Effect on Social Inequality in West Germany and Great Britain (1949–1990)

Ronny Grundig

PhD project

The transmission of wealth via inheritance is an important social mechanism, which contributes to the stability of our social and economic structure. At the same time, it also transfers structures of social inequality from the past to the future – and maybe...

Chancellor Helmut Schmidt speaks at the central rally of the DGB on May 1, 1973 in Munich. Photo: Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F039611-0005 / Storz / CC-BY-SA 3.0

The Role of the German Trade Union Confederation in the Discourse on Poverty and Unemployment in the 1970s to the 1990s

Katharina Täufert

PhD project

The transformation of the working environment since the 1970s had a direct impact on social structures in West Germany, e.g. rising unemployment, stagnant wage development and growing social inequalities.