PD Dr. Sebastian Haunss

Precarious Research in a Movement Society: Social Movement Studies in Germany

Research on social movements in Germany started late and has never really managed to establish a stable foothold within the German university system. A lively social movement sector with frequent and large-scale protests on many issues has not changed the marginal position of social movement research in political science and sociology in Germany. But nevertheless a lively landscape of research exists.

This chapter first describes the institutional environment of social movement research in Germany, followed by a short section on early theoretical debates. The main part of the article discusses core contributions to the field. Finally some desiderata for future research on social movements in Germany are discussed.

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