Ongoing Research

Family Policies and Media Discourses on Generativity and Gender in Germany Since the 1970s by East-West Comparison

Sociological diagnoses of the times mainly address two outstanding change processes, which are relevant for researching family policies and media discourses on generativity and gender: First, the increasing female participation in the labour market in Western societies and related conflicts concerning the reconciliation of work and family. Second, the lasting consciousness changes of women that also led towards the demand of self-determination concerning fertility. It is examined how these sociological diagnoses are reflected in the public discourses on family and gender equality politics in East- and West-Germany since the 1970s.

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The interdisciplinary and international working group “GenderSocialTheories” meets since 2007. The social scientists of different status groups from Germany, Austria and Switzerland exchange focused scientific information every six months. They aim at systematically exploring social theories with regard to central insights of gender research. The working group is currently interested in the revision of relevant social theories and influential diagnoses of the times from a feminist perspective on the tensions between the private and the public.

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