Prof. Dr. Hanna Schwander
I am a Professor of Political Sociology and Social Policy at the Humboldt University zu Berlin. My main research interests are electoral change, distributive politics and political conflicts.
What I find exciting about this research initiative
In this research initiative, we explore the ambivalent dynamics between civic society, social cohesion and polarization. I find the integration of insights from different disciplines from Sociology, Political Science to Political Psychology particularly helpful to understand such dynamics both on the level of social groups and on the level of individual citizens. Our project explores how social cohesion is negotiated in social interactions and under which social and personal conditions these interactions are likely to foster or diminish social cohesion.
What my discipline can contribute to this research initiative
Studying social conflicts and its translation into politics is at the heart of Political Sociology. Currently, the debates revolve around understanding how new social conflicts restructure the political space and lead to the politicization of new issues and the emergence of new actors. With this, Political Sociology helps to understand under which conditions specific issue conflicts turn into more fundamental cleavage that divides the society in camps with antagonizing world views and opposite stances on many different issues.
Five key publications
Hanna Schwander, Dominic Gohla and Armin Schäfer. 2020. “Fighting Fire with Fire? Inequality, Populism and Voter Turnout”, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, online first.
Hanna Schwander. 2019. “Labor market insecurity among the middle class – A cross-pressured group”, Political Science Research and Methods. Published online: 12 April 2019.
Hanna Schwander. 2019. “Labor market dualization and insider-outsider divides – Why this new conflict matters”, Political Studies Review, 17(1), 14-29.
Silja Häusermann, Thomas Kurer and Hanna Schwander. 2016. “Sharing the risk? Households, labor market vulnerability and social policy preferences in Western Europe”, Journal of Politics, 78(4):1045-60.
Hanna Schwander and Silja Häusermann. 2013. “Who is in and who is out? Proposing a risk-based conceptualisation of insiders and outsiders”, Journal of European Social Policy, 23(3): 248-269.