Current Research

Social Isolation in Germany

This project investigates how personal networks in Germany have changed in the past decades, but also in international comparison, against the background of social developments (modernization, acceleration of communication and mobility, transnationalization, changes in the working world). Several hypotheses suggest contradictory developments. As a result of increasing wealth, it is expected that fewer and fewer people are dependent on social capital. On the other hand, the potential for social contacts increases with modern means of transport and communication, as well as through increased transnationalization.