O Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência Política convida para a conferência do Prof. Stephan Voswinkel do Institute for Social Research at the University of Frankfurt/Germany cujo título será The normative order of modernity – Change and erosion in the sphere of work.

Local: ICHF, Bloco O, Sala 516.
Dia 19/12 Horário: 16:00

The normative order of modernity – Change and erosion in the sphere of work

This lecture intends to give an impetus for a discussion about similarities and differences between normative expectations in the working world of Germany and Brasil. It points out that change in the working world of Germany causes an endangering or a renewing of principles of social modernity. Theoretical foundation of these considerations is the concept of recognition as a new approach of Frankfurt School’s Critical Theory. The development of German working relations is characterized by two processes. On the one side there is a delimitation of work which means that the boundaries between work and leisure time and between labour power and person are more fluid. As a result one can talk about more possibilities of self organizing for employees, but of excessive demands, too, resulting in a strong increase of psychic diseases.
On the other side a process of precarisation and exclusion is limiting the validity of normative claims on work and personal development. Not only precarious employees are cooling out their expectations on the quality of working conditions. As empirical research shows permanent employees persist in articulating claims but feeling themselves in a special situation. In the last years in Germany there is a discourse about the so-called “dispensables” in the labour-market. These are indications that the validity of normative principles of German modernity are eroding.
If one connects these findings about the working world in Germany to the general discussion about developments of modernity and the relations between central and peripherical modernity, the following questions can be discussed: Which meaning can be given to social protections and collective organisation of interests and recognition for the development of modernity and how do they relate to social exclusion? Which normative expectations are essential for modernity in the sphere of work? Can normative claims of modernity fail or lead to paradoxical results? In this perspective the concept of central and peripherical modernity needs to be called into question. There could be some similarities between developments in Europe and the “subcidadania” in Brasil.

Dr. habil. Stephan Voswinkel is Senior Sociologist at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt/Germany. The focus of his research is on the Sociology of Work and Organization and the Theory of Recognition. Latest empirical research projects dealt with recognition relations in work and organization, with claims on work of permanent employees and of psychological strain in the workplace.

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