The team of the Lichtenberg Professorship in Political Sociology aims at establishing an innovative research program for the study of political conflict, social movements, and civil society. It systematically links research on protest politics and civil society to research on cleavages and the restructuration of conflict. The very basis of European politics is currently in flux due to the rise of new structuring conflicts that cross-cut and, in part, accentuate traditional social and political divides.
This process has not only brought different issues to the forefront of political conflict (especially immigration and European integration), it has also fundamentally affected the landscapes and dynamics of political mobilization in Europe. To study the ‘new contentious politics’ in Europe, the team relies on an integrative approach that connects insights and methods from different subfields of political sociology with related disciplines such as sociology, political science, and communications studies.