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Bernd Sommer

Bernd Sommer
Dr. Bernd Sommer
Areas of interest: Climate Governance / Climate Change Policy, Social and Cultural Dimensions of Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Research on Right-Wing Extremism and Racism, Integration / Migration, Sociological Theory.
University Flensburg

Stay(s) with the Research Group

01.04.2018 - 31.08.2018

Research focus, presentations and publications during stay

Post-capitalist organizations as germ cells of post-growth companies?

When discussing alternatives to the capitalist growth society, two extreme perspectives dominate: either the discussion focuses on the economy or society as a whole, or addresses individuals who, for example, under the banner of sufficiency, through social practices, try to change the direction in a post-growth society. There are already examples of associations and undertakings between the social macro and micro levels that organize and practice different forms of alternative economic activity under existing conditions: these include initiatives in the field of solidary agriculture, energy cooperatives, public-interest corporations, etc. These are all different initiatives and organizations that for them the orientation goal of the profit maximization loses meaning, while alternative standards such as ecological sustainability, solidarity or quality of life and work in the foreground move. Within the framework of the Fellowship, the prerequisites and characteristics of such alternative organizations are to be described sociologically in order to gain insights into the concrete requirements and implications of post-capitalist economics.

Selected Publications


Sommer, Bernd, Hg. (2015): Cultural Dynamics of Climate Change and the Environment in Northern America. Boston/Leiden.

Sommer, Bernd/Welzer, Harald (2014): Transformationsdesign. Wege in eine zukunftsfähige Moderne. München.

Fischer, Michael/Sommer, Bernd (2012): Verbrauchte Zukunft. Mentale und soziale Voraussetzungen verantwortungsvollen Konsums. WISO Diskurs. Bonn.

Sommer, Bernd (2010): Prekarisierung und Ressentiments. Soziale Unsicherheit und rechtsextreme Einstellungen in Deutschland. Wiesbaden.


Sommer, Bernd (2017): "Externalisation, Globalised Value Chains and the Invisible Consequences of Social Actions", in: Historical Social Research, Vol. 43, No. 2, 114-132.

Sommer, Bernd (2017): "Gut leben auf Kosten anderer. Unsere imperiale Lebensweise und die Folgen ", in: GAIA. Ökologische Perspektiven für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft, 26/3, 277-278.

Sommer, Bernd/Hain, Andrea (2017): "Europe as a Green Leader? A Brief Evaluation of both the European Union's Climate and Energy Policy and Common Agricultural Policy", in:  Culture, Practice & Europeanization, Vol. 2, No. 2, 33-45.

Sommer, Bernd (2016): "Ist eine nachhaltige Moderne möglich? Zum Verhältnis von Wachstum, sozialer Differenzierung und Naturverbrauch", in: AK Postwachstum (Hg): Wachstum - Krise und Kritik. Die Grenzen der kapitalistisch-industriellen Lebensweise. Frankfurt a.M./New York, 269-288.

Sommer, Bernd (2016): "Längst nicht mehr randständig: Der Klimawandel als Thema der Soziologie", in:  Soziologische Revue. Band 39, Heft 3, 429-438.