Wolfgang Kraushaar, political scientist
“As simple as it is valuable: There can be no democracy without a public sphere.”
Wolfgang Kraushaar, born in 1948, studied political science, philosophy and German at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. He submitted his doctoral thesis in 1982 about structural changes in German universities and has worked at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research since 1987. He is also a member of the Federation of German Scientists.
In his work, Kraushaar examines protest and resistance in the German Federal Republic and the GDR (1949 to 1990). He is particularly interested in the 1968 movement and the cadre organisations it inspired and the Red Army Fraction, as well as the theories of totalitarianism and extremism, pop culture and media theory. He is one of the most prominent German researchers looking at the history of left-wing radical terrorism. Internationally, he is considered the most important chronicler of the 1968 movement in Germany.
Publications and statementsWann endlich beginnt bei Euch der Kampf gegen die heilige Kuh Israel? (When will your battle against the Holy Cow of Israel finally begin?) Hamburg 2013
Der Aufruhr der Ausgebildeten. Vom Arabischen Frühling zur Occupy-Bewegung. (The insurgence of the educated. From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Movement.) Hamburg 2012
Der Griff nach der Notbremse: Nahaufnahmen des Protests. (Pulling the emergency brake: the protest in close-up.) Berlin 2012
"Protest der Privilegierten? Oder: Was ist wirklich neu an den Demonstrationen gegen „Stuttgart 21“"? ("Protest of the privileged? Or: what’s really new about the demonstrations against “Stuttgart 21”?") 2011
"Ein ziemlich alter Hut" (Fairly old hat) – an interview with Wolfgang Kraushaar about the new protest culture. Goethe-Institut, Online-Redaktion 2011