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Institut für Protest

Das Institut für Protest- und Bewegungsforschung (ipb) will der sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung zu Protesten, sozialen Bewegungen und ihrem Wechselverhältnis zur Demokratie einen Ort geben.

Protests are omnipresent – they are being violated by authoritarian regimes, from radical right-wringing parades to walls full of graffiti. Despite the evident importance of protests and social movement for democratic systems, we know little about their dynamics. Who is drawn to protests in the street and who chooses other forms of resistance? Under which conditions are movements successful and when do they fail? How does the role of political organizations change as people increasingly communicate online? Which political activism creates a democratic culture, which further exclusion and discrimination?

Systematic analyzes are necessary in order to answer these questions. However, research on this issue remains episodic and fragmentary in the German-speaking social sciences. The Institute for Social Movement Studies (ipb) aims to fill these gaps.

Social movement scholars, mostly from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The ipb initiaties and collaborative research projects. It operates in the spirit of public sociology: foundational research is developed in dialogue with practitioners. ipb understands social science research as a contribution to tackling social problems that needs to face public scrutiny.

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