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The specific way of individualization in Germany: a culture-theoretical comparison to the USA

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Kron, Thomas

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Abstract "The paper examines the sociological reflections of individualization processes in Germany and the USA. In this comparison it appears that German sociology identifies a 'dialectical individualization' whereas sociology in the US ascertains a 'social individualization'. It is elaborated that the actual cause for this difference (which is important for, but mostly ignored in the public-political discourse) is on the one hand the relative cultural inheritance, and on the other hand the developments of post World-War II. Thus, the example of individualization shows that sociological theory has to be more sensitive towards cultural idiosyncrasies and towards specific historical steps in development." (author's abstract)
Keywords individualization; United States of America; Germany; international comparison; dialectics; integration; culture
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Document language English
Publication Year 2003
Page/Pages p. 219-238
Journal International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, 40 (2003) 2
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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