to the department of societal
comparison at the Institute for Sociology at the Friedrich-Schiller University
of Jena. We are concerned with questions regarding the structure and dynamic of
states and societies as well as capitalism and democracy in a historical and
international comparison perspective – with standards not only for social
scientific analyses, but rather also for critical interventions in public
discourse and societal relationships. On the following pages you will learn
more about us and our work. We are pleased about your interest in our work and
welcome your comments.
personnelThe field of societal comparisons is one of six teaching and research departments at the Institute for Sociology. Since the winter semester 2004/05 this department has been lead by Prof. Stephan Lessenich. Here you will find information about department personnel.
Lectures, seminars, research projects and
colloquia in the fields of macro sociology, analyses of societal comparison,
sociology of societal transformation and sociological time diagnoses form the
teaching core in this field.
you can learn more.
Main research in this field include the
(comparital) social welfare state research and the (political) sociology of age
and aging. For a more detailed description of our research activities, please
The yields of research in the field of societal
comparison are documented in numerous monographs, anthologies, journal
articles, and books. An overview of the publication activities of our personnel
can be found