Jan Delhey

Jan Delhey
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg | OvGU · Institute for Social Sciences

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Introduction
Hi, I am a comparative sociologist who is mainly interested in societal quality of life (trust, social cohesion) and individual well-being (life satisfaction, happiness, and status anxiety). Another strand of my research concerns issues of Europe's social integration, e.g. via network analysis of transnational human activities.
Additional affiliations
February 2015 - present
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
Position
  • Professor (Full)
September 2006 - January 2015
Jacobs University
Position
  • Professor of Sociology
January 2003 - September 2006
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Position
  • Senior Researcher
Education
October 1995 - September 1998
DFG Graduate School "Comparing Societies", FU Berlin
Field of study
  • Sociology
November 1989 - June 1995
Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Field of study
  • Sociology, Marketing & Public Relations

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Publications (115)
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The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in unprecedented government interventions in many people's lives. Opposition to these measures was not only based on policy disagreements but for some founded in an outright denial of basic facts surrounding the pandemic, challenging social cohesion. Conspiracy beliefs have been prolific within various protest groups...
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Zusammenfassung Vor dreißig Jahren veröffentlichte Gerhard Schulze die Theorie der Erlebnisgesellschaft, der zufolge die Menschen in wohlhabenden Ländern zunehmend nach Erlebnissen streben, um ihr Projekt des schönen Lebens zu gestalten. Angesichts neuerer Gegenwartsdiagnosen, die insgesamt ein sehr krisenhaftes Bild der Spätmoderne zeichnen, ersch...
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This article investigates for European societies the contextual conditions and social stratification of status seeking, defined as the desire to increase one’s rank in the social hierarchy and thereby to gain prestige. We explore diverging assumptions about (a) the level of status seeking across societies and (b) the social gradient of status seeki...
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This contribution looks at levels of perceived tensions between social groups as indicating problems of societal cohesion, focussing on EU societies. We focus on three issues: First, we explore the association between conflict perception and social cohesion. Second, levels of conflicts as perceived by the citizens of the 25 EU member states and the...
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Trust is widely considered a critical resource for modern societies, and in times of crisis like the coronavirus pandemic, its importance is even greater: More than ever we depend on fellow citizens to behave responsibly, and on institutional actors to make the right decisions. Looking at trust from an existential security point of view, this paper...
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Background: The COVID-19 lockdown could engender disruption to lifestyle behaviors, thus impairing mental wellbeing in the general population. This study investigated whether sociodemographic variables, changes in physical activity, and sleep quality from pre- to during lockdown were predictors of change in mental wellbeing in quarantined older ad...
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Symptoms of psychological distress and disorder have been widely reported in people under quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic; in addition to severe disruption of peoples' daily activity and sleep patterns. This study investigates the association between physical-activity levels and sleep patterns in quarantined individuals. An international Go...
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Theorists have long disagreed about the impact of socioeconomic modernization on social trust. The pessimistic school asserts that modernization undermines the structural conditions for high levels of trust. The optimistic account argues that it delivers economic security and human empowerment and thereby enhances trust. Adapting these contrasting...
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Was bis ca. 1990 nur wenige junge Leute machten, machen heute viele: in einem anderen europäischen Land studieren. Starke Wachstumsraten gab es dabei sowohl unmittelbar vor als auch nach dem Beginn des Bologna-Prozesses. Die Ströme der Studierenden verteilen sich heute um einiges gleichmäßiger als früher, wobei die jungen Leute dort weggehen, wo di...
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In Sachen Migration hat sich das Netzwerk Europa seit 1960 stark verdichtet, vor allem nach dem Fall des Eisernen Vorhangs und die EU-Osterweiterungen. Herausgebildet hat sich dabei eine tiefe Spaltung in West (das Zentrum mit Zuzug) und Ost (die Peripherie mit massivem Wegzug), und immer stärker richten sich die intra-europäischen Migrationsströme...
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In diesem Abschlusskapitel bilanzieren wir, wie Europa über Ströme der Mobilität und Kommunikation über die letzten Jahrzehnte zum Netzwerk Europa zusammengewachsen ist. Mit Blick auf die verursachenden Kräfte sehen wir eine vergesellschaftende Wirkung des politische Projekts Europa, die die Forschung bislang unterschätzt hat. Allerdings hat dieses...
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Wir verstehen Europa als Netzwerk grenzüberschreitender Vergesellschaftung, die wir über Ströme transnationaler Aktivität messbar machen. Unsere Europadefinition umfasst 37 Länder, die wir für sich und im Kontext der globalen Verflechtung untersuchen. Unsere Daten für Migration, internationale Studierende, Reisen und Telefonie reichen dabei bis max...
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Wie kann man Prozesse der Vergesellschaftung Europas soziologisch fassen? Basierend auf dem Ansatz der horizontalen Europäisierung plädieren wir dafür, Europa makrosoziologisch als Netzwerk zwischengesellschaftlicher Austauschprozesse zu definieren und mit den Methoden der sozialen Netzwerkanalyse zu untersuchen. Auf grenzüberschreitende Mobilität...
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Der Schengenraum und die Billigflieger erleichtern heute das Reisen in Europa wie nie zuvor. Von 1995 bis 2015 hat sich der intra-kontinentale Tourismus fast verdoppelt. Allerdings verteilt sich dieser regional immer noch ungleich und ist nach wie vor eng an die wirtschaftliche Zentrum-Peripherie-Struktur gekoppelt. In den weltweiten Reiseströmen i...
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Dank der Mobilfunkrevolution und von Tarifsenkungen hat sich das Volumen der grenzüberschreitenden Telefonie in Europa von 1983 bis 2015 verneunfacht. Die prosperierenden Länder der „EU-Banane“ sind dabei nach wie vor die Knotenpunkte der Kommunikation. Obgleich die Europäer heute anteilig mehr mit der außereuropäischen Welt kommunizieren als frühe...
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Public health recommendations and governmental measures during the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic have enforced numerous restrictions on daily living including social distancing, isolation, and home confinement. While these measures are imperative to mitigate spreading of COVID-19, the impact of these restrictions on psychosocial healt...
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Although recognised as effective measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, social distancing and self-isolation have been suggested to generate a burden throughout the population. To provide scientific data to help identify risk factors for the psychosocial strain during the COVID-19 outbreak, an international cross-disciplinary online...
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The income inequality hypothesis claims that in rich societies inequality causes a range of health and social problems (henceforth: social ills), e.g. because economic inequality induces feelings of status anxiety and corrodes social cohesion. This paper provides an encompassing test of the income inequality hypothesis by exploring levels and breed...
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Das Buch zeigt auf, wie sehr Europa in den letzten Jahrzehnten auf dem Weg zu einer immer engeren Union der Bürgerinnen und Bürger vorangekommen ist. Fast unbemerkt von Öffentlichkeit und Wissenschaft hat sich Europa „von unten“, durch grenzüberschreitende Aktivitäten der Menschen, sozial integriert. Mit anderen Worten: Es gibt unzählige Prozesse d...
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Following Bourdieu, we suggest that the size of cultural class divisions can be derived from how strongly cultural consumption at various levels – highbrow, mid-brow, and lowbrow – is structured by cultural and economic capital (Delhey et al. 2017: 221). Therefore, the CCD-Index measures the extent to which economic and cultural capital shape cultu...
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Our Article: Better for Everyone? Egalitarian Culture and Social Wellbeing in Europe has been "corrected" to OPEN ACCESS. Check it out: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11205-018-2007-z
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Zusammenfassung Der vorliegende Beitrag präsentiert erstmalig Ergebnisse zum Ausmaß, der Verteilung und den Folgen individuell erlebter Wert- und Geringschätzung in Deutschland anhand von Daten aus der Innovationsstichprobe des Sozio-oekonomischen Panels (SOEP-IS 2016). Zum einen adressieren wir damit einen grundlegenden Tatbestand des sozialen Leb...
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The goal of this study is to explore the relationship between culture and social well-being, focusing on inferiority feelings. While being respected is widely seen as a key ingredient of a good life, inferiority feelings signal a lack of esteem from others. Previous research has mainly looked at income inequality as the key contextual condition for...
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Alles in allem gesehen legen die Befunde im vorliegenden Sammelband nahe, dass die populäre Diagnose einer Angstgesellschaft überzogen ist. Wir finden weder eine systematische Zunahme von Sorgen und Ängsten im Zeitverlauf noch eine Fusionierung von Unterschicht und Mittelschicht in eine nivellierte Klasse der Besorgten. Sorgen und Ängste sind mitni...
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Abstiegsängste, Furcht vor Zuwanderung und Klimawandel: Glaubt man populären Zeitdiagnosen, leben wir in einer Gesellschaft der Angst. Dieser Band trägt aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse zur Gefühlslage der Menschen in Deutschland zusammen und unterzieht damit die Diagnose »Angstgesellschaft« einer kritischen Überprüfung: Kennen die Sorgen und Ängste d...
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Abstiegsängste, Furcht vor Zuwanderung und Klimawandel: Glaubt man populären Zeitdiagnosen, leben wir in einer Gesellschaft der Angst. Dieser Band trägt aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse zur Gefühlslage der Menschen in Deutschland zusammen und unterzieht damit die Diagnose »Angstgesellschaft« einer kritischen Überprüfung: Kennen die Sorgen und Ängste d...
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Abstiegsängste, Furcht vor Zuwanderung und Klimawandel: Glaubt man populären Zeitdiagnosen, leben wir in einer Gesellschaft der Angst. Dieser Band trägt aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse zur Gefühlslage der Menschen in Deutschland zusammen und unterzieht damit die Diagnose »Angstgesellschaft« einer kritischen Überprüfung: Kennen die Sorgen und Ängste d...
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Abstiegsängste, Furcht vor Zuwanderung und Klimawandel: Glaubt man populären Zeitdiagnosen, leben wir in einer Gesellschaft der Angst. Dieser Band trägt aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse zur Gefühlslage der Menschen in Deutschland zusammen und unterzieht damit die Diagnose »Angstgesellschaft« einer kritischen Überprüfung: Kennen die Sorgen und Ängste d...
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Theorists have long disagreed over the impact of socio-economic modernization on social trust. The optimistic school argues that modernization delivers economic security and human empowerment and thereby enhances trust; the pessimistic school holds that modern urbanism undermines the structural conditions for high levels of social trust. Adapting t...
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This contribution introduces a network approach to horizontal Europeanisation research and investigates the interconnectedness of European societies via cross-border migration. The main underlying assumption is that the establishment of pan-European mobility rights and their extension to ever wider shares of Europe's population has stimulated intra...
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Did the election of Donald Trump affect the popularity of the European Union (EU) in Europe? Theoretically, both a positive rally effect (due to a perceived external threat) and a negative domino effect (due to resignation among Europhiles and/or reinforcement among europhobe nationalists) are thinkable. We treat Trump's unexpected victory as an ex...
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Trust can either be conceived of as a social glue in its own right, or as a constitutive element of a larger societal syndrome, termed social cohesion. This contribution takes the latter perspective, analyzing social trust and trust in institutions as integral parts of social cohesion more generally. Despite ongoing worries about the state of socia...
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In times of multiple crises and a looming partial breakup of the European Union, the question of what binds Europeans together appears more relevant than ever. In this article, we propose transnational attachment as a novel indicator of sense of community in Europe, arguing that this hitherto neglected dimension is substantially and structurally di...
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The Spirit Level Theory developed by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett claims that low-inequality societies are better societies because people are plagued less by status anxiety, and previous research has largely supported this idea. With the aim of broadening the knowledge about status anxiety, this article examines a crucial component of status...
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This chapter links the macro-level attribute social cohesion to two essential individual characteristics: values and subjective well-being. The first section explores the predictive, concomitant, and consequential character of cohesion in relation to individual value preferences. We operationalize the latter following Schwartz’ model of ten value t...
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The last chapter of the book opens with a concise account of the conceptual and methodological premises of the Social Cohesion Radar. It also summarizes the core empirical findings on both national and regional cohesion with respect to level and trend, regimes, determinants and outcomes. We point to the main limitations of our approach, namely the...
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Which societal characteristics shape social cohesion, and which are shaped by cohesion? With this chapter the book switches to explanatory mode. We aim to find to what extent and in which direction cohesion correlates with theoretically informed macro-level characteristics. The latter have been grouped in seven thematic sets: wealth and economic si...
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This chapter presents the theoretical foundations of the concept of social cohesion used throughout the book. It opens with a concise outlook on seminal classical pieces. Building on an extensive literature review, the chapter formulates a novel, streamlined definition of social cohesion: the quality of social cooperation and togetherness of a coll...
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This chapter presents our empirical evidence on the level and trend of social cohesion in 34 Western societies, as studied in four time periods between 1989 and 2012. The country ranking on the overall index of cohesion reveals a strikingly clear geographical pattern in the most recent period: in descending order, Northern Europe, North America and...
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The first section of this chapter explores to what extent the nine dimensions empirically reflect the theoretically derived syndrome character of social cohesion. Factor analysis shows that eight of the nine dimensions belong to an underlying latent construct. A remnant of mechanic solidarity, identification is the only dimension that is empiricall...
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This chapter demonstrates the applicability of the Social Cohesion Radar to a level of geopolitical organization below the national one, namely the regional level. We take the case of Germany, as a federal republic of 16 federal states (Bundesländer). Applying the same conceptualization of cohesion (see Chap. 1) and virtually the same methodology (...
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The multifaceted conceptual framework of the Social Cohesion Radar necessitates an elaborated methodological approach. This chapter presents the data sources and methodology we have used to measure the level and trend of social cohesion across 34 European Union and OECD member states in four time periods: Wave 1 (1989–1995), Wave 2 (1996–2003), Wav...
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Zusammenfassung Anknüpfend an das transaktionalistische Paradigma in der Tradition von Karl W. Deutsch und die Theorie des gestuften gesellschaftlichen Raums von Arndt Sorge wird in dem Beitrag der Frage nachgegangen, warum die Handlungs- und Einstellungshorizonte der Menschen in manchen EU-Staaten stärker europazentriert (und in diesem Sinne stärk...
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Trust in people is general insofar as it extends to out-groups, that is, unfamiliar and dissimilar others. But whether trust in out-groups can emerge independently from in-group trust is controversial, and conclusive evidence has been unavailable. This article fills this gap, analyzing which conditions create out-group trust independent from in-gro...
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In sociological transnationalization research, it is conventional wisdom that the upper strata are more involved in cross-border activities than the lower ones. However, proponents of the individualization/death-of-class thesis have argued that the significance of class (and of inequalities in general) for people’s actions is declining in affluent...
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Despite mushrooming research on "social" determinants of subjective well-being (SWB), little is known as to whether social cohesion as a collective property is among the key societal conditions for human happiness. This article fills this gap in investigating the importance of living in a cohesive society for citizens' SWB. For 27 European Union co...
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This article seeks to conceptually clarify the measurement of Europeanization from a transactional perspective. Following Karl Deutsch, we regard cross-border practices and sense of community as constitutive for an emerging European society. But we critically reassess how this approach has been put into empirical practice by contemporary scholars....
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This article seeks to combine decades of academic research with emerging policy demands by systematically assessing the state of the knowledge on using subjective indicators in public policy. In particular, it outlines opportunities that arise from a new focus on subjective information as a basis for policy decisions and challenges that ought to be...
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If you ask a chef, a physician, or a teacher the question: “Is more always better,” they will probably answer: “No”. Of course, it depends on the dish you are cooking, the illness you are curing, and the subject you are teaching. But these professionals know when additional ingredients spoil the dish, additional treatment harms the patient, and add...
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Are more equal societies ‘better’ societies? This article addresses the question as to whether and why income inequality lowers the degree of Europeans’ subjective well-being. While in broad international comparisons typically no clear-cut link between income inequality and (un)happiness exists, we can demonstrate that Europeans are somewhat less h...
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Die Konzepte Lebensstandard und Lebensqualität beziehen sich auf die Lebensverhältnisse und damit das Wohlergehen der Menschen. Sie werden zum einen im Sinne eines Leitbildes verwendet, wie die Lebensverhältnisse konkret ausgestaltet sein sollen, und welche gesellschaftspolitischen Ziele sich die Politik dabei setzen soll.
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This book tests the critical potential of happiness research to evaluate contemporary high-performance societies. These societies, defined as affluent capitalist societies, emphasize competition and success both institutionally and culturally. Growing affluence improves life in many ways, for a large number of people. We lead longer, safer, and mor...
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Trust in other people is general when it includes remote and dissimilar others (i.e., out-groups). But whether trust in outgroups can be created independently of trust in in-groups is controversial, and conclusive evidence has been unavailable so far. This article fills this gap, analyzing under which conditions outgroup-trust emerges independent o...
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One of the key problems of comparative inequality research has been the lack of a good indicator for the overall extent of inequalities in a society. Typically, in cross-national research inequality levels are compared via measures of income distribution. Taking advantage of recent research from QOL researchers, this paper uses subjective well-bein...