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Social problems in contemporary modernity
The research of Sociology addresses the formation of social problems and their consequences in the context of ‘liquid modernity’. Central to the concept of liquid modernity is the idea that stable social institutions (class, family, labour, community, nation-state) are being replaced by fluid institutions and networks that produce more insecurity and make social life less predictable. The research program takes up key sociological questions (regarding social equality, social cohesion and identify formation) but addresses them in a context of rapid change characterized by flows of persons, goods and capital. This is a modernity characterized by continuous re-evaluation, risk and mobility, and hence by the permanent disembedding of individuals, families, institutions, organizations and communities. The research program specifically focuses on the social problems related to this modernity, their cultural, institutional and technological contexts and the policy responses to such problems.