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Social Question
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1. Definition

The term Social Question was coined in the political discussion of the 1830s (Vormärz); the German Soziale Frage antedated the French question sociale. It denoted a new perception of mass poverty and impoverished or potentially impoverished social groups whose existence and living conditions now appeared to threaten the social cohesion of society (Society [community]) and its political and moral order [2. 17]. The term is thus related to the …

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Schmale, Wolfgang and Ehmer, Josef, “Social Question”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027685>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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