Panel Discussion (held in German)

18 January 2010

Bürgerliche Integration und gesellschaftlicher Ausschluss

[Bourgeois Integration and Social Exclusion]

with Heinz Bude and Joachim Fischer

Whether the aim is to reduce inequality in the educational system, make inner city areas more attractive, or create more favorable conditions for balancing family and job commitments—all these endeavors are the projects of bourgeois society. Modern society is a bourgeois society and, as a result, all concepts for improving social life are bourgeois.

But what about those groups in contemporary society that do not accept bourgeois blueprints for their own lives? Do they have to become bourgeois—climb the social ladder, participate in political processes, and exhibit their cultural competence—in order to ensure that the bourgeoisie will perceive them as belonging? Does this mean that every liberal promise about difference is ultimately based on a bourgeois offer of integration? Such questions about the connections between bourgeois concepts of inclusion and exclusionary practices in society become more pressing in times of post-secular tension, migratory mixes, and socio-economic dislocation.

Prof. Dr. Heinz Bude, sociologist, director of the Research Unit: The Society of the Federal Republic of Germany, Hamburg Institute for Social Research

Prof. Dr. Joachim Fischer, sociologist, currently visiting professor for sociological theory at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Chair: Dr. Jens Hacke, political scientist, member of the research staff, Research Unit: The Society of the Federal Republic of Germany, Hamburg Institute for Social Research

Venue: Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Mittelweg 36, 20148 Hamburg
Time: 8 pm
Admission: free