Project Description

Dr. Jannes Jacobsen

Dr. Jannes Jacobsen

Postdoctoral Researcher

Short Vita

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Research Group “Sociology of Emotion” at Freie Universität Berlin. Additionally, I am a guest researcher at Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW).

What I find exciting about this research initiative

Following the summer of migration in 2015 social cohesion was an often-used term to describe the aftermaths of such unprecedented inflow of migrants to Germany. However, albeit frequently used in academic research and public debate, its concept remains quite vague. Reaching from a normative and wanted state of society, marked by trust, shared values, and a common sense of belonging, to the academic question of what holds society together in times of crises. Our research project should come forward with a concise definition and propose a way of operationalizing this concept to identify whether it is suited for empirical-analytical and evidence-based research.

What my discipline can contribute to this research initiative

At the core of sociology lies the question about the foundations of society. Starting with Durkheim and his work on solidarity, Weber’s work on Protestantism, or Simmel’s notion on the role of money in society. Since its beginning, sociology tries to understand the coming about of society and how people form stable systems of interaction. Working with the concept of social cohesion is thus a new way of thinking about an old, yet not sufficiently formalized, topic.

Survey methodology focuses on the question of how social scientists can gather high quality data on social processes. When dealing with such a blurry concept such as social cohesion dealing with questions such as validity, reliability and replicability is thus a core task to make our initiative sustainable.

Five key publications

  • Kroh, M., Fetz, K., Jacobsen, J. (in press). Neue Partei und rechte Traditionen: Die Unterstützung der AfD aus intergenerationaler Perspektive. In Heinz Ulrich Brinkmann und Karl-Heinz Reuband (Hrsg.) Rechtspopulismus in Deutschland: Wahlverhalten in Zeiten politischer Polarisierung. Wiesbaden: Springer

  • Fuchs, L.M., Jacobsen, J., Walther, L., Hahn, E.,Ta, T.M.T., Bajbouj, M., von Scheve, C. (2021). The Challenged Sense of Belonging Scale (CSBS)—a validation study in English, Arabic, and Farsi/Dari among refugees and asylum seekers in Germany. Measurement Instruments in the Social Sciences, 3(3), DOI: 10.1186/s42409-021-00021-y

  • Jacobsen, J., Kühne,S. (2021) . Using a Mobile Phone App when Surveying Highly Mobile Populations: Panel Attrition, Consent and Interviewer Effects in a Survey of Refugees. Social Science Computer Review. DOI: 10.1177/0894439320985250

  • Jacobsen, J., Fuchs, L. M. (2020). Can We Compare Conceptions of Democracy in Cross-Linguistic and Cross-National Research? Evidence from a Random Sample of Refugees in Germany. Social Indicators Research 151. p. 669-690.  DOI: 10.1007/s11205-020-02397-6

  • Jacobsen, J., Jaschke, P., Krieger, M., Kroh, M., Legewie, N., Löbel, L.-M. (2020) Bringing Together Community Organizations and Social Science Research – The “Mentoring of Refugees Project”. Canadian Diversity, 17(2), p. 82-88