Zivilgesellschaft unter autoritärer Herrschaft: Pluralität, soziale Bewegungen, Diskurs und Politische Kultur
Laufzeit: seit 2018
The doctoral projects intends to shed light on the conceptual research of civil society in authoritarian regimes, a field that has not yet found much scholarly attention. Since most of the time, civil society is associated with democratic processes and societies, in non-democratic polities it seems to exist though.
My work situates in the field of political science and political sociology and works with notions of political theory. It divides into four sub-themes that are key notions of civil society research and investigates the topic along these four points. It starts from the question of (1) pluralism, minorities and deviance, to (2) social movements and forms of contention, furthermore (3) discourse, communication, and not least (4) political culture. The work wants to figure out how we can conceptually grasp these concepts in a civil society under authoritarian rule. It is explicitly a theoretical work and does not focus on a particular area or country.