How are the main social conflict structures in Germany changing? Social Media Analysis of Collective Protests and Social Movements


Prof. Dr. Kai Fischbach, Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsinformatik, insbes. Soziale Netzwerke (Universität Bamberg)
Prof. Dr. Marc Helbling, Lehrstuhl für Politische Soziologie (Universität Bamberg)
Prof. Dr. Thomas Kern, Lehrstuhl für Soziologie, insbes. Soziologische Theorie (Universität Bamberg)


1 plus 2 Jahre
gefördert durch das Bayerische Forschungsinstitut für Digitale Transformation (bidt)

Project description:

Social conflicts are a driving force of social change and a sustaining element of modern democracy. This applies especially to "regulated" conflicts such as party competition in the field of politics. By continuously balancing opposing interests, regulated conflicts promote social integration. Nevertheless, whenever conflicts turn out to be "unregulated", they can become a serious threat to social cohesion. Examples range from "hate speech" on the internet (online) to collective violence (offline). This project examines the structures and dynamics of social conflicts in Germany. The first goal is to create an extensive database on conflicts, protests and social movements on the basis of new digital data sources. The second goal is to examine the consequences for democracy resulting from the social media becoming the focal arenas of social conflicts. In this context, a central question is: how are unregulated conflicts transformed into regulated conflicts?