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Social Question
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[German Version]

I. Definition

The term social question is linked indissolubly to the social history of the 19th century; it denotes the diagnoses of the crises produced by the emergence of industrial society and the strategies for dealing with it. By the 1840s, soziale Frage was already in use in Germany as a translation of the French question sociale; against the background of dramatically rising mass poverty and the first food riots, …

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Jähnichen, Traugott, “Social Question”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124903>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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