The Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften: EventsThursday, 14 December 2017, 11:00
Venue: Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften
Am Wingertsberg 4, 61348 Bad Homburg
Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften of Goethe-University
Daniela Grunow (Goethe University)
»Reconfiguration of Internalized Social Structure (RISS)«
Daniela Grunow is professor of sociology at Goethe University. Since 2017 she is a Goethe Fellow at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften.
In this project, we propose to view social change not as the decline of social and political cohesion but as a process of reconfiguration of internalized social structure (RISS) that brings with it newly emerging social positions, group identities and political alliances. We combine concepts of sociology and political science that serve as analytical lenses to assess the interdependencies between these micro-, meso- and macro-layers of social change. In particular, we acknowledge the idea that social structure is a multidimensional space of positions among which individuals are distributed and in which they occupy several social positions at once; we recognize the duality between structure and which accounts for the fact that social structure is both a condition for and outcome of the social practices of individuals holding multiple social positions; we understand that in contemporary societies certain dimensions of social difference within the social structure are more salient and also more closely related than others, whereas both salience and relatedness are subject to change and thus need to be assessed empirically; and we acknowledge that political conflict is aggregated in processes of collective action which eventually result in political organizations, reflecting the main underlining fractures of a society. Empirically, we suggest an innovative methodological approach which departs from traditional modes of sampling and analysis, focused on ‘average’ respondents and population means, but aims at theoretical (over)sampling and techniques of model-based population inference.
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