A2 Spheres of Societal Integration: Family, Education, and Labour Markets
Research Area A2 addresses three major societal spheres and their effects on processes of social stratification: the family, the education system and the labour market. Taken together, these spheres shape the way in which social positions and life chances are distributed within a society and mediate the degree to which specific social groups are being exposed to life course risks and insecurities.
The projects in this area frequently follow a micro-analytical strategy building on national or cross-national individual data. Most projects explicitly take a longitudinal perspective and use panel data in order to detect the causality relations within micro social processes. At the same time, the research projects often establish systematic macro-micro linkages by relating developments at the individual level to institutional determinants at the nation-state level. The explicit cross-national comparative approach, taken by a number of the projects, additionally allows to study the differential effects of varying institutional arrangements on crucial status transitions over the life course.