OUR MISSION

Social Science Works is a social enterprise driven by pregnant societal problems. To alleviate these problems, we try to develop and to apply usable knowledge. Our foci are democracy, participation, integration, populism and radicalization. We aim to further integration and civic participation, and to counter populism and radicalization. We try to develop new ways of meaningful citizen participation and to advance new strategies to strengthen civic and political competences.

WHO WE ARE

We are a heterogeneous, international group of social scientists, most of whom were educated in Germany and live in Berlin and Brandenburg. Our disciplinary backgrounds include sociology, political science, anthropology, economics, philosophy and communication science. More about our team here. And on our fellows here.

COMPETENCIES

Our core competencies include deliberative integration and democracy projects, democracy research, second opinions of existing research as well as scientific criticism and communication. On all these activities we publish blog-articles for the wider audience. On top of that we organize and implement deliberative projects and further education in our fields of expertise.

DELIBERATION

The theories and practices of deliberation play a pivotal role in our work. We see deliberation as an open and courteous exchange of ideas and values, which furthers the discovery, understanding, contextualization and development of preferences. Deliberation is not about transferring the undisputed, fixed preferences of individuals into collective decisions and policies; it is foremost about the joint development of substantiated preferences regarding the public cause. Concomitantly, deliberation strengthens the notions and emotions of political community, civility and citizenship that democracies need to thrive.

PROJECTS AND FURTHER EDUCATION

Every year we implement a growing number of deliberative projects for citizens, refugees, social workers, civil volunteers, civil servants, adolescents and schoolchildren. For an overview of our current and previous projects, visit the project page. For our further education on democracy, deliberation, discrimination and racism, and gender equality, visit the German part of this website here.

PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

Distinctive is our combination of theory and practice, developing, implementing and researching deliberation at the same time, and our connection between social and political science on the one hand and social and political philosophy on the other.

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Our Recent English Blogposts

Taking people seriously: a new approach for countering populism and furthering integration

Taking people seriously: a new approach for countering populism and furthering integration

In our deliberative democracy and integration projects we treat our participants – natives as well as migrants – as citizens, … Continue ReadingTaking people seriously: a new approach for countering populism and furthering integration ...
The Center Does Not Hold: The Supply & Demand of the New Right’s Success

The Center Does Not Hold: The Supply & Demand of the New Right’s Success

The year 2016 experienced unheard of electoral turbulence. While many thought that Brexit would mark the political event to be … Continue ReadingThe Center Does Not Hold: The Supply & Demand of the New Right’s Success ...
Progressive Neoliberalism & the Pull of Populism

Progressive Neoliberalism & the Pull of Populism

In the wake of the turbulent US election, social theorist Nancy Fraser wrote that the progressive neoliberal politics of the … Continue ReadingProgressive Neoliberalism & the Pull of Populism ...
The Limits Of Survey Data: What Questionnaires Can’t Tell Us

The Limits Of Survey Data: What Questionnaires Can’t Tell Us

All research methodologies have their limitations, as many authors have pointed before (see for example Visser, Krosnick and Lavrakas, 2000). … Continue ReadingThe Limits Of Survey Data: What Questionnaires Can’t Tell Us ...
Yolocaust, Austerlitz & Uploading Holocaust: Dark Tourism Goes Public

Yolocaust, Austerlitz & Uploading Holocaust: Dark Tourism Goes Public

To many travellers, the act of visiting a tourist site, where death, tragedy or atrocity are presented in some way … Continue ReadingYolocaust, Austerlitz & Uploading Holocaust: Dark Tourism Goes Public ...
New Neighbors – Here, But Not Yet At Home

New Neighbors – Here, But Not Yet At Home

The article here was published in German in Die Linke’s Lotta magazine: issue 12, January 10, 2017 and is available here. The … Continue ReadingNew Neighbors – Here, But Not Yet At Home ...
The Identity Politics Of Being A Foreign Body

The Identity Politics Of Being A Foreign Body

Quickly after moving to Berlin I assumed the title of ‘expat.’ Being an American expat became part of my identity. … Continue ReadingThe Identity Politics Of Being A Foreign Body ...

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