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Towards inclusive urban policy-making: a cultural rights perspective

Towards inclusive urban policy-making: a cultural rights perspective

The year 2007 marked the global demographic transition to the urban age. Although still vastly disparate between regions, levels of … Continue ReadingTowards inclusive urban policy-making: a cultural rights perspective ...
Muslim women in Germany: A look at gender inequality and integration

Muslim women in Germany: A look at gender inequality and integration

Gender equality has become a touchstone to determine the extent of Islam’s acceptance in Western societies, where many are already … Continue ReadingMuslim women in Germany: A look at gender inequality and integration ...
Recruiting Participants for a Workshop on Gender Equality in Berlin: Lessons Learned

Recruiting Participants for a Workshop on Gender Equality in Berlin: Lessons Learned

Many of today’s democracies are in crisis, when considering the decreasing levels of voter turnout, party membership, and trust in … Continue ReadingRecruiting Participants for a Workshop on Gender Equality in Berlin: Lessons Learned ...
All the lonely people – the epidemic of loneliness and its consequences

All the lonely people – the epidemic of loneliness and its consequences

As we walk the streets of our cities and pass by a stranger heading in the opposite direction, we often … Continue ReadingAll the lonely people – the epidemic of loneliness and its consequences ...
Was will eine Frau eigentlich? On discussing Gender Equality in Germany.

Was will eine Frau eigentlich? On discussing Gender Equality in Germany.

Gender equality is a pivotal topic in many of the deliberative workshops we have implemented in the last couple of … Continue ReadingWas will eine Frau eigentlich? On discussing Gender Equality in Germany. ...
Angry, but not bad people on the Brandenburg countryside

Angry, but not bad people on the Brandenburg countryside

We are in a small town in rural Brandenburg and talk for two days with 32 long-term unemployed people. Most … Continue ReadingAngry, but not bad people on the Brandenburg countryside ...
Emotions and Political Deliberation

Emotions and Political Deliberation

Reading the title of this article might evoke pictures of people violently shouting at each other or bursting out into … Continue ReadingEmotions and Political Deliberation ...
The trouble with tourism in Barcelona – A problem beyond Barcelona

The trouble with tourism in Barcelona – A problem beyond Barcelona

The gentrification of Barcelona is not a new story. If you live in cities like New York City, Mexico City … Continue ReadingThe trouble with tourism in Barcelona – A problem beyond Barcelona ...
“Super Volunteerism”: A Grass-Roots Solution to Global Prejudice

“Super Volunteerism”: A Grass-Roots Solution to Global Prejudice

An Anecdotal Foreword: The Case for Solution-Based Research and Inductive Reasoning By Christina Pao (Yale University ’20)   In summer … Continue Reading“Super Volunteerism”: A Grass-Roots Solution to Global Prejudice ...
The Crisis of Masculinities – A Brief Overview

The Crisis of Masculinities – A Brief Overview

The so-called crisis of masculinity has drawn much attention and concern by politicians, academics, the public, and most dominantly, the … Continue ReadingThe Crisis of Masculinities – A Brief Overview ...
How to deliberate fundamental values? Notes from Brandenburg on our approach.

How to deliberate fundamental values? Notes from Brandenburg on our approach.

People hardly ever change their mind. The more they feel forced to justify themselves, the more they feel questioned, criticized, … Continue ReadingHow to deliberate fundamental values? Notes from Brandenburg on our approach. ...
Equipping Civil Society for a Data-Driven Future

Equipping Civil Society for a Data-Driven Future

Civil society organisations in Germany need to be directly empowered to use data, in order to maintain their scope for … Continue ReadingEquipping Civil Society for a Data-Driven Future ...
Branding of cities: to whom is the city advertized and what fundamental idea lies behind it?

Branding of cities: to whom is the city advertized and what fundamental idea lies behind it?

“Good advertising does not just circulate information. It penetrates the public mind with desires and belief”, is one of the … Continue ReadingBranding of cities: to whom is the city advertized and what fundamental idea lies behind it? ...
Constructief praten met meer en minder gevestigde burgers over wereldbeschouwingen

Constructief praten met meer en minder gevestigde burgers over wereldbeschouwingen

Sinds 2016 organiseert Social Science Works (SSW) in Duitsland reeksen van deliberative workshops met vluchtelingen, met rechts-radicale populisten, en met … Continue ReadingConstructief praten met meer en minder gevestigde burgers over wereldbeschouwingen ...
How Postmodernism Advanced Populism: An Inside Story From The Netherlands

How Postmodernism Advanced Populism: An Inside Story From The Netherlands

There are many factors that explain the upheaval of populism. Postmodernism is one of them. In the Netherlands, certainly the … Continue ReadingHow Postmodernism Advanced Populism: An Inside Story From The Netherlands ...
Why Does Fieldwork Matter? Reflections On Immersion, The Everyday & Knowledge Creation In Hong Kong

Why Does Fieldwork Matter? Reflections On Immersion, The Everyday & Knowledge Creation In Hong Kong

“If the RMB depreciates, Southbound trading goes through the roof!” A conversation overheard in Central   Ideas about the borderless … Continue ReadingWhy Does Fieldwork Matter? Reflections On Immersion, The Everyday & Knowledge Creation In Hong Kong ...
Long Read: Our Fellows Respond To Right Wing Populist Arguments

Long Read: Our Fellows Respond To Right Wing Populist Arguments

This year, Social Science Works has been working on the project ‘Deliberation Against Populism’ in which we have contacted citizens … Continue ReadingLong Read: Our Fellows Respond To Right Wing Populist Arguments ...
British-European Tourism After Brexit: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

British-European Tourism After Brexit: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

For most people who have been watching the story of Brexit unfold, it’s been mostly about the political and economic … Continue ReadingBritish-European Tourism After Brexit: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? ...
The French “Crisis of Authority” Is A Crisis Of The Authorities

The French “Crisis of Authority” Is A Crisis Of The Authorities

In France, you lose count of how many times you’ve heard about the “crisis of authority”. It has become a … Continue ReadingThe French “Crisis of Authority” Is A Crisis Of The Authorities ...
Deliberation Against Populism: Reconnecting Radicalizing Citizens In East Germany & Elsewhere

Deliberation Against Populism: Reconnecting Radicalizing Citizens In East Germany & Elsewhere

In the deliberative project “Deliberation against Populism” we organized two events with citizens from Brandenburg, Germany, to discuss the problems … Continue ReadingDeliberation Against Populism: Reconnecting Radicalizing Citizens In East Germany & Elsewhere ...
Berlin’s Evolving Relationships With Its Memorials

Berlin’s Evolving Relationships With Its Memorials

What is the purpose of these memorials? And who are they for? What is Berlin’s evolving relationship between commemoration and tourism? … Continue ReadingBerlin’s Evolving Relationships With Its Memorials ...
Shy Tories & Virtue Signalling: How Labour Surged Online

Shy Tories & Virtue Signalling: How Labour Surged Online

The calm after the storm has settled in London. The UK has had its third national election in as many … Continue ReadingShy Tories & Virtue Signalling: How Labour Surged Online ...
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 ...
The Wave: The Rise Of European Far-Right Populism

The Wave: The Rise Of European Far-Right Populism

2016 was a banner year in atypical electoral outcomes. At the outset of the year, few would have predicted the … Continue ReadingThe Wave: The Rise Of European Far-Right Populism ...
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 ...
Recruiting Men To Civil Society Projects: Trials & Tribulations From The Front Line

Recruiting Men To Civil Society Projects: Trials & Tribulations From The Front Line

  This year we have been working with the Landeszentrale für politische Bildung in Brandenburg to recruit German and German-speaking … Continue ReadingRecruiting Men To Civil Society Projects: Trials & Tribulations From The Front Line ...
Rural Regeneration by Connecting Bigger Social Solutions

Rural Regeneration by Connecting Bigger Social Solutions

  Complex social issues are often more easily resolved when they are connected up with other societal problems. Habitual approaches … Continue ReadingRural Regeneration by Connecting Bigger Social Solutions ...
British-European regional tourism in the wake of Brexit: What could possibly go wrong?

British-European regional tourism in the wake of Brexit: What could possibly go wrong?

For most people who have been watching the story of Brexit unfold, it’s been mostly about the political and economic … Continue ReadingBritish-European regional tourism in the wake of Brexit: What could possibly go wrong? ...
How The EU Referendum Campaign Poisoned The UK’s Political Discourse

How The EU Referendum Campaign Poisoned The UK’s Political Discourse

The message on my phone said: “I’m so, so sorry”. That’s how I learnt that the UK had voted to … Continue ReadingHow The EU Referendum Campaign Poisoned The UK’s Political Discourse ...
How NYE Turned German Political Debate Upside Down

How NYE Turned German Political Debate Upside Down

At Social Science Works we seek to engage with contemporary political debate and offer solutions to its most pressing problems … Continue ReadingHow NYE Turned German Political Debate Upside Down ...
Some Countries Are More Corrupt Than Others And We Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Say So

Some Countries Are More Corrupt Than Others And We Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Say So

At Social Science Works we are interested in giving second opinions on research, to help enable policy makers make informed … Continue ReadingSome Countries Are More Corrupt Than Others And We Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Say So ...
The Social Dilemma Of Berlin’s Booming Tourism Industry

The Social Dilemma Of Berlin’s Booming Tourism Industry

As an urban tourism destination, Berlin developed rapidly since German reunification in October 1990. Its unique character, fascinating history, and … Continue ReadingThe Social Dilemma Of Berlin’s Booming Tourism Industry ...
How To Debate Values In A Diverse Europe

How To Debate Values In A Diverse Europe

We need to talk. We need to talk about fundamental concepts like democracy, ethical and political pluralism, tolerance, equality and … Continue ReadingHow To Debate Values In A Diverse Europe ...
Debating Values & Identity With Newcomers & European Natives

Debating Values & Identity With Newcomers & European Natives

In 2015, roughly 1,1 million refugees came to Germany. About 428,500 of these people are Syrians. Refugees from Iraq (13%) … Continue ReadingDebating Values & Identity With Newcomers & European Natives ...
Ted Cruz, Global Warming, & The Need For Data Transparency In Politics

Ted Cruz, Global Warming, & The Need For Data Transparency In Politics

by Namwan Leavell Republican Senator and prospective presidential candidate Ted Cruz doesn’t believe in global warming. “Many of the alarmists … Continue ReadingTed Cruz, Global Warming, & The Need For Data Transparency In Politics ...
What To Do Against Clientelism, Nepotism & Corruption?

What To Do Against Clientelism, Nepotism & Corruption?

“Manus manum lavat” – One hand washes the other. One Facet Of The Vicious Exchange In The EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood. … Continue ReadingWhat To Do Against Clientelism, Nepotism & Corruption? ...
Do People Know What They Want? Social Scientific Responses

Do People Know What They Want? Social Scientific Responses

Market and liberal democracy are both based on the assumption that individuals are the best possible referees of their personal … Continue ReadingDo People Know What They Want? Social Scientific Responses ...
Lessons From Political Science On Participation & Democratization

Lessons From Political Science On Participation & Democratization

It is often assumed in social and political science that citizens should participate more in political structures and processes aimed … Continue ReadingLessons From Political Science On Participation & Democratization ...
Keeping Social Science Relevant: Society Needs Clear Prose

Keeping Social Science Relevant: Society Needs Clear Prose

If somebody were to ask me what I do all day as a student of the social sciences, my answer … Continue ReadingKeeping Social Science Relevant: Society Needs Clear Prose ...
For My Next Trick I Shall Eliminate Child Poverty

For My Next Trick I Shall Eliminate Child Poverty

  The intersection between social science and real life can often seem – even for those on the inside – … Continue ReadingFor My Next Trick I Shall Eliminate Child Poverty ...
What Do Education Scholars Know?

What Do Education Scholars Know?

  Some time ago Martin Spiewak stated in the German quality-weekly Die Zeit that an awful lot of undisputed knowledge … Continue ReadingWhat Do Education Scholars Know? ...
Are There Too Many PhDs?

Are There Too Many PhDs?

In all OECD countries, but in particular in Germany, there seems to be an enormous overproduction of PhDs – in … Continue ReadingAre There Too Many PhDs? ...
Academic Conferences Should Be Outlawed

Academic Conferences Should Be Outlawed

  It’s conference season! Thousands and thousands of social scientists are flying around to visit conferences. The American Sociological Association … Continue ReadingAcademic Conferences Should Be Outlawed ...
Economists Looking For God

Economists Looking For God

  A science is not called a discipline by coincidence: its students are actively and deliberately disciplined to think and … Continue ReadingEconomists Looking For God ...