A European Societies and their Integration

The European societies face global challenges and socio-demographic changes that threaten their integration and cohesion. The development of market economies and welfare states, social inequalities shaped by education and labour market institutions, and social integration in ethnically heterogeneous societies have traditionally been at the heart of Department A’s research.

Current research projects continue the comparative analysis of living conditions and life chances in Europe, including also socio-psychological and economic perspectives alongside purely sociological ones. While acknowledging the persistent challenges due to the ongoing globalization and Europeanization, it also takes into account the more recent repercussions of the 2008 economic crisis, which has not only altered individual societal risks but also accelerated pressures on institutions to reform. Within this context, Department A conducts in-depth research to investigate the consequences of international migration, demographic changes and an increasingly heterogeneous population, combining the sociological understanding of long-term processes and cross-national institutional diversity with the analysis of current socio-demographic challenges to the integration of European societies. Analytically and empirically, research in Department A aims to integrate macro-level institutional and micro-level actor-centred perspectives as well as to detect the social processes and mechanisms underlying cross-national, time-related, and social group differences.

A1 Institutions of Societal Integration: Market Economies, Organisations, and Welfare States

A2 Dimensions of Societal Integration: Social Stratification and Social Inequalities

A3 Focus Groups of Societal Integration: Migration and Ethnic Minorities

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