Sebastian Klüsener (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research)

Social Connectedness and Social Change

Abstract: Among the social sciences, historical demography is second to none in terms of the access to long time series of comparative data. This provides ideal conditions to be at the forefront of research that seeks to improve our general understanding of how social change is evolving in space and time. But we still have a rather poor understanding of how the social connectedness of individuals across social classes and through space is shaping social change processes. Recent improvements in the availability of individual-level datasets with detailed location information and methodological advancements open up new opportunities to study these aspects.