Social History of Subjectification

The research topic addresses processes of subjectification in Western, liberal societies, though it is especially a question of the emergence of novel political subjects. 

The project area considers historical requirements and factors that transformed the individual in the second half of the twentieth century into a socially accepted subject capable of acting. This addresses questions such as social belonging, which will be considered using both the example of state measures for the resocialisation and integration of supposedly deviant subjects as well as the example of private sector measures for the training and optimisation of employees. 



Prison Klingelpütz in Cologne, pulled down in 1969. © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, rba_113519.

Closed Society
Resocialisation in West German Prisons, 1950–1990

Annelie Ramsbrock

Research project

The question of how criminal offenders can be made into socially-conforming members of society while serving their prison sentences took on a completely different meaning in the Federal Republic of Germany after the experiences of the Nazi dictatorship....

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Sign for the probation service at the district court Itzehoe, 2011. Photo: Nightflyer, Itzehoe Bewährungshilfestelle Hinweisschild am Landgericht IMG 5292, CC BY 3.0

Freedom on Probation
Probation Service in the Federal Republic of Germany between Rehabilitation and Risk (1950-2000)

Caroline Peters

Associated PhD project

The suspension of a full sentence or part of the sentence on probation is based on the idea of re-socialisation and thereby on the idea that every person could choose a life without criminal offences. But the probation system has had varying...

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