ELSE-FRENKEL-BRUNSWIK-INSTITUTE for Democracy Research in Saxony

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Projects at the Else Frenkel Brunswik Institute

Here you can find an overview of the research projects at the Else-Frenkel-Brunswik-Institute.


Political protest in Upper Lusatia

The research project "Political Protest in Upper Lusatia" deals with various forms of civil society and political protest in Saxon regions, with the focus on Saxon Upper Lusatia.

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Wurzen - Civil Society Awakening on Controversial Terrain?

The town of Wurzen in the Leipzig district has gained national notoriety as a center of Saxony's neo-Nazi scene. But Wurzen is also a place of lively and diverse civic engagement. Using qualitative, social space-based social research, an EFBI team is exploring which groups are actively trying to shape the future of the city and the local political culture, what difficulties they face, and what they can do to counter anti-democratic dynamics.

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Gender democracy in the Ore Mountains

In the research project Gender Democracy in the Ore Mountains, regional lines of conflict and perspectives on the topics of reproductive justice and gender-specific violence are considered.

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Radical Islam vs. Radical Anti-Islam (RIRA)

In the RIRA project network, social polarization and perceived threats are examined as driving factors of radicalization and co-radicalization processes in adolescents and post-adolescents. Young people in Leipzig, among others, are being interviewed for this purpose.

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The Berlin Monitor

The Berlin urban population is a pool of experiences and is considered a crucial case of a modern urban society. It is shaped by contrasts as well as similarities, by diversity and the struggle for participation and recognition.

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"Conflict Space Hamburg": Protest, Violence and Resentment in Urban Space

The focus of the qualitatively oriented research project is the question of how social tendencies towards polarization and escalation of political and social conflicts are also reflected in urban society. For examining the dynamics of conflict and cohesion in the Hanseatic city, the G20 confrontations in 2017 and anti-Semitism are examined as examples.

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The Leipzig Authoritarianism Studies

Since 2002, the Leipzig working group headed by Elmar Brähler and Oliver Decker has been examining right-wing extremist attitudes in Germany. The survey, which is carried out every two years, is considered the basis for research into right-wing extremist attitudes and their penetration into broad sections of the population.

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