The journal "" ( was founded in 2016 in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy, and Social Work of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and has its editorial offices there. It appears online twice yearly and includes contributions in German, English, French, or Italian. "" is a scholarly journal concerned with all areas of social policy and the welfare state. It strives to be a go-between linking academia and practice. Thus it is aimed at both scholars and all those actively practicing in the area. The journal should facilitate academic discourse about developments and concepts in social policy – in the widest sense of that term – in Switzerland, in other countries, and in international comparison. The journal publishes quantitative, qualitative, and comparative research on social policy, as well as theoretical pieces. In addition to academic articles, the journal can also publish shorter pieces (reviews of significant books and brief research notes). To achieve a high quality in the articles, all submissions will be put through a peer review process.

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Université de Fribourg

Sozialkontrolle und Bekämpfung von politischem Extremismus : Was halten Schweizerinnen und Schweizer davon?

Staubli, Silvia

In:, 2019, vol. 2, no. 5, p. Article: 2.5

In den letzten Jahren wurde viel in die Erforschung von Radikalisierung und in Massnahmen zur Bekämpfung von Extremismus und Terrorismus investiert. Dies geht einher mit einer zunehmenden Sozialkontrolle, welche sich unter anderem in Gesetzesverschärfungen äussert. Was aber die Schweizer Bevölkerung von solchen Massnahmen hält, wurde bis anhin nur rudimentär erforscht. Relativ unklar...

Université de Fribourg

The Pathway to Defection from Extremist Groups : Confronting the Disengagement Process of a Jihadi Foreign Fighter and a Right-Wing Extremist

Eser Davolio, Miryam ; Villiger, Carole

In:, 2019, vol. 2, no. 4, p. Article: 2.4

The aim of our article is to analyse the disengagement process of a Swiss returnee from Syria and the emergence of dissonances during his involvement with the Islamic State (IS) and to compare this evolution to the pathway of a right-wing extremist willing to leave the violent extremist group Blood & Honour. Although the contexts of these extremist groups are very different, a number of elements...

Université de Fribourg

Leaving peace for war : An exploratory study of Swiss men’s trajectories toward engagement in Arab conflicts

Ajil, Ahmed

In:, 2019, vol. 2, no. 3, p. Article: 2.3

While the issue of foreign fighting has been very present in Swiss public discourse in recent years, little is known about the actual trajectories of young men who engage in this particular form of political violence. Based primarily on face-to-face in-depth interviews with four Swiss male nationals who travelled to conflict zones in the Arab World, the present analysis offers insights into the...

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Background of Jihadist Radicalisation and Measures for Prevention and Intervention in Switzerland

Eser Davolio, Miryam

In:, 2019, vol. 2, no. 2, p. Article: 2.2

This paper presents a development overview of prevention strategies in a federalist context. It builds on the results of the study on the backgrounds of jihadist radicali-sation and the prevention strategies adopted in Switzerland (Eser Davolio and Re-ther 2019) as well as the measures outlined in the Swiss National Action Plan to Prevent and Counter Radicalisation. The methodological approach...

Université de Fribourg

Editorial - Extremismus

Staubli, Silvia ; Nollert, Michael ; Budowski, Monika

In:, 2019, vol. 2, no. 1, p. Article: 2.1

Université de Fribourg

Nationalsozialistische und protofaschistische Sympathien an der Universität Freiburg i. Ü. : Die Ausweisung von Josef Spieler und die Neubesetzung des Lehrstuhls für Heilpädagogik durch Eduard Montalta

Künzler, Daniel ; Tschanz, Christoph

In:, 2019, vol. 1, no. 1, p. Forum: 1,1

Der aus Deutschland stammende Josef Spieler hatte an der Universität Freiburg in der Schweiz von 1933 bis 1945 eine Professur in „Psychologie, Pädagogik und Heilpädagogik“ inne. Diese wurde ihm 1945 entzogen und er musste wegen nationalsozialistischen Sympa-thien 1947 die Schweiz verlassen. Die Forschung hat diese Vorkommnisse teilweise aufgear-beitet und sich, wenngleich zögerlich, auch...

Université de Fribourg

Middle-income groups in Kenya : Conflicting realities between upward mobility and uncertainty

Neubert, Dieter

In:, 2019, vol. 1, no. 4, p. Article: 1.4

For more than a decade scholars mostly from economy and development studies have described the rise of a newly emerging ‘middle class’ in the Global South including Africa. This has led to a ‘middle class narrative’ with the ‘middle class’ as the backbone of economic and democratic development. Especially with regard to the stability of the position of the people in the ‘middle’,...

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Verunsicherung in den Mittelschichten? : Konzeptionelle und methodische Erwägungen sowie empirische Befunde zur aktuellen Entwicklung in Deutschland

Burzan, Nicole ; Kohrs, Silke ; Schad, Miriam

In:, 2019, vol. 1, no. 3, p. Article: 1.3

Der Beitrag gibt einen Überblick über die Debatte zunehmender Statusverunsiche-rungen in den (deutschen) Mittelschichten. Ein Fokus liegt auf der Präsentation ei-gener quantitativer und qualitativer Befunde und den damit verbundenen methodi-schen Herausforderungen (z.B. der Operationalisierung). Quantitative Befunde zei-gen, dass geäußerte ökonomische Sorgen rückläufig sind. Zugleich...

Université de Fribourg

Routine workers in an increasingly automated world of work : Evidence from Switzerland

Kurer, Thomas

In:, 2019, vol. 1, no. 2, p. Article: 1.2

This paper explores the distributional consequences of technological change on midskilled routine workers in Switzerland in three steps: (1) The first part studies aggregate trends in the labor market and confirms the pattern of an eroding middle:The disadvantages of technological progress are concentrated on routine workers whose share in the labor force has drastically declined over time. (2)...