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Project Description

Sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 2009, the "Nach dem Boom" research group is a joint project of the Seminar for Contemporary History at the University of Tübingen and the Department of Modern History at the University of Trier. Its main focus is on the genesis of present-day challenges in the three decades following the collapse of the stable post-war order which was characterized by incomparable economic growth. It looks at the emergence of a new production regime – namely global, digital financial market capitalism – that replaced Fordism. Furthermore, the project works from the premise that this process of displacement culminated in a cumulative structural break that was accompanied by a revolutionary transformation in the western European “Keynesian-consensus” model of society. The new model that emerged was shaped by a “neoliberal” understanding of society as well as “neoliberal” political-economic norms and cultural frameworks.

The six core projects and individual studies examine this changing social order as it developed from the 1970s onward. Fernando Esposito (Tübingen) analyzes the Punk movement as a symptom of changing categories of political order, modern temporal structures and consumption. Tobias Gerstung (Tübingen) looks at the transformation of the heavily industrialized Scottish port of Glasgow and the urban planning for its post-industrial future. Martin Kindtner (Tübingen) analyzes the critiques of knowledge put forth by the French post-structuralists Foucault, Deleuze, and Guattari as the result of a metamorphosis of the Left and left-wing social criticism. Hannah Jonas (Tübingen) examines British and German club football as a reflection of the break that occurred in terms of the media, the market, and mass consumption. Sara Kröper (Trier) ) investigates the effects that the re-founding of the universities in York and Trier had on the development of the respective cities. And lastly, by looking at selected giants in the chemical industry, Christian Marx (Trier) analyzes the accelerated process of multi-nationalization that took place and the re-structuring of Western European industrial companies that went along with it.

There are also other associated projects that focus on the "Nach dem Boom" era. Wiebke Wiede (Trier) is a comparative analysis of unemployment in Great Britain and West Germany. Marc Bonaldo Fuolega (Trier) looks at Württemberg as an example of the development of mid-size economic regions in Europe. Working within a social history context, Raphael Dorn (Trier) examines movement up and down the social ladder resulting from spatial mobility. Arndt Neumann's project (Trier) studies the transformation in work and urban space in the port city of Hamburg. The project of Christine Bald (Trier) explores the motives and goals of the new women's movement and its support by established institutions in the Catholic province. Tobias Dietrich (Trier) asks for the consumptive conditions of jogging as a popular sport and associated changes of social and cultural ruling principles. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary project "'Good work' after the boom" investigates the impact of the changed world of work on ideas of ‘good work'; this study is based on extensive data and studies at the Sociological Research Institute Göttingen (SOFI).