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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Department of Sport Sciences | Chair of Sport Sociology | News | "Playing together or bowling alone? Social capital-related attitudes of sport club members and non-members in Germany in 2001 and 2018" – Research paper of the OSSKAR study published online in the European Journal for Sport and Society

"Playing together or bowling alone? Social capital-related attitudes of sport club members and non-members in Germany in 2001 and 2018" – Research paper of the OSSKAR study published online in the European Journal for Sport and Society

A second research paper of the cooperation project OSSKAR (Organized Sport and Social Capital - Revisited) by Prof. Dr. Ulrike Burrmann (TU Dortmund University), Prof. Dr. Sebastian Braun (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Prof. Dr.Michael Mutz (Justus-Liebig-University Gießen) has now been published online in the European Journal for Sport and Society.

Burrmann, Ulrike, Braun, Sebastian & Mutz, Michael (2019). Playing together or bowling alone? Social capital-related attitudes of sport club members and non-members in Germany in 2001 and 2018. European Journal for Sport and Society, 16 (2), 164-186. doi:10.1080/16138171.2019.1620412

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Department of Sport Sciences | Chair of Sport Sociology | News | "In Whom do we Trust? The Level and Radius of Social Trust among Sport Club Members" – Research paper of the OSSKAR study published online in the International Review for the Sociology of Sport

"In Whom do we Trust? The Level and Radius of Social Trust among Sport Club Members" – Research paper of the OSSKAR study published online in the International Review for the Sociology of Sport

A first research paper of the cooperation project OSSKAR (Organized Sport and Social Capital - Revisited) by Prof. Dr. Ulrike Burrmann (TU Dortmund University), Prof. Dr. Sebastian Braun (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Prof. Dr.Michael Mutz (Justus-Liebig-University Gießen) has now been published online in the International Review for the Sociology of Sport.

The publication refers to the widely-discussed idea that voluntary organizations like sport clubs would produce social capital, popularized through the research of Robert D. Putnam, and compares social trust levels of members in sport clubs and in other voluntary associations and non-members of those associations.

Burrmann, U., Braun, S. & Mutz, M. (2018). In Whom Do We Trust? The Level and Radius of Social Trust among Sport Club Members. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. doi:10.1177/1012690218811451

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Department of Sport Sciences | Chair of Sport Sociology | News | Conference "The social role of sports clubs and federations"

Conference "The social role of sports clubs and federations"

Annual conference of the Sport Sociology Section in the German Society of Sport Science

12 to 14 September in Berlin

The 2018 Annual Conference of the Sport Sociology Section in the German Society of Sport Science (Deutsche Vereinigung für Sportwissenschaft e. V., dvs) will summarize the current status of research into the societal roles of sports clubs and federations, specifically here in Germany, and will explain how sport sociology contributes to the understanding of these societal functions. The congress will take place at Humboldt University in Berlin from September 12 to 14, 2018. It will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Sebastian Braun. While the event primarily targets sport sociologists, it is also intended to offer a platform for exchanging specialist ideas and experience with sports federations and the worlds of politics and administration.

Cooperation project OSSCAR has started.

The research project OSSCAR (Organized Sport and Social Capital – Revisited) has started as a cooperation project between Prof. Dr. Ulrike Burrmann (Technische Universität Dortmund), Prof. Dr. Sebastian Braun (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) und Prof. Dr. Michael Mutz (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen Gießen).

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Are Germans Constant Complainer?

In an interview on Berlin's RBB radio station on 26 June 2017 Prof. Dr. Sebastian Braun discusses if Germans are habitual complainer. He argues that a lively civic engagement can be found in a diverse landscape of associations, projects and initiatives. Listen to the interview in original german language here.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Department of Sport Sciences | Chair of Sport Sociology | News | Is the German Soccer Team a Model for Integration? Interview with Sebastian Braun

Is the German Soccer Team a Model for Integration? Interview with Sebastian Braun

The Wall Street Journal

There is little doubt that the star of Germany’s impressive 2-1 victory over the Netherlands last Wednesday night was Mario Gomez, who scored two goals.  Another star was Jerome Boateng, who threw his body in front of a Dutch player’s shot late in the game.

Does the German team also reflect advances the country has made in terms of integrating foreigners into society?

The question is difficult, says Sebastian Braun, a professor at Berlin’s Humboldt University and an expert on integration and sport.

Mr. Braun recalls the 1998 French football team, which won the World Cup. The team was not only recognized due to its success on the field, but also because there were many ethnic minorities on the team, which allegedly influenced their play.  Then French President Jacques Chirac “never missed a chance to be seen with the victorious team, wanting to be viewed as the father of this successful integration model,” points out the professor.

Mr. Braun adds that following disappointing results in later tournaments, the right-wing populist Front National twisted the integration logic on its head, claiming that the players with immigrant backgrounds didn’t display appropriate loyalty to the country.

Immigration and the integration of foreigners have often been tricky issues in Germany.  About fifty years ago, the country started importing “guest workers” from Turkey, Spain, Italy and northern Africa to meet production needs in the thriving post-war economy.

In short, it was assumed that these “guests” would eventually return to their home countries, but many didn’t, leaving now second and third generations who don’t necessarily fit in to German society.

In more recent times, integration sparks big speeches, such as the one Chancellor Angela Merkel gave in October of 2010. Then, she said that the idea of a multi-cultural society had failed and she spoke of the need for immigrants to learn the German language and integrate into society.

The German team may now represent this type of integration model that Merkel was championing at this speech.  “The German team shows that integration works,” says ING economist and soccer fan Carsten Brzeski.

He adds that the team has adapted German soccer “characteristics” such as hard work, discipline and not complaining too much,  yet has not entirely left heritage or religion at the door. For example, German footballer Mesut Oezil is open about being Muslim and reads the Quran prior to matches.

“Oezil is a Muslim…but it’s not a big deal,” says Mr. Brzeski, himself a German.

Still, as Mr. Braun points out, one has to be careful drawing parallels between success in integration on the field and in society: The 1998 French team, championed as a success in integration, did not have a lasting impact on social progress in France.

In 2002, the Front National advanced to the second round of the presidential election. Three years later, Paris erupted in weeks of destructive ethnic riots.

The Wall Street Journal

Autor: Todd Buell für The Wall Street Journal