Profile of the Research Unit
The Research Unit Sociological Theory is dedicated to the critical discussion, dissemination, and further development of the discipline's broad inventory of Social Theory and the Theory of Society. In doing so, it follows the conviction that a Social Theory discourse that is limited to the interplay of different schools and paradigms falls short. Rather, this discourse is embedded in current challenges of society as well as to the study of social processes of their collective and individual processing and is empirically established by participation in university research contexts. In the sense of the strong innovation and transfer orientation of the University of Kassel, the further development of social science concepts and theories as tools for thinking is to be combined with the reflection of design opportunities as well as the development of new approaches to solving social problems at different levels of social action. Among the social challenges to which the Research Unit Sociological Theory pays particular attention are questions of post-digital life-politics, sustainability, global justice, digitalisation, and democracy.