Stephanie Pravemann

Institut für Soziologie


University of Leipzig,
Institut für Soziologie
Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig

Office H4 1.04
Telephone +49 (0)341 / 97-35613
E-Mail stephanie.pravemann[at]

Office Hours: By arrangement (by phone or mail).

Fields of Research

  • Methods of social research & statistics
  • experimental designs (factorial designs)
  • welfare regimes & social justice
  • social stratification & status uncertainty

Curriculum Vitae

  • present research assistant, PhD candidate, University of Leipzig (Institute of Sociology, ProMIS - Project Middle Classes, Institutional Change and Status Uncertainty, Prof. Dr. H. Lengfeld)
  • 2014-2015 research assistant, University of Leipzig (Department of Sociology, Institutions & social change)
  • 2012-2014 research assistant, University of Leipzig (Department of Computer Science, Business Information Systems)
  • 2011-2014 Student Assistant, University of Leipzig (Department of Sociology, Methods of empirical social science & statistics)
  • 2009-2012 M.A. Sociology, University of Leipzig
  • 2006-2009 B.A. Social Science & Philosophy, University of Leipzig


Project Middle Classes, Institutional Change and Status Uncertainty (ProMIS)

Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Holger Lengfeld

Research assistants: Stephanie Pravemann, M.A.; Katharina Müller, M.A.

Funded by: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (413.000 €)

Duration: 15.02.2015 - 14.02.2018

ProMIS is part of OIKON, a project group located at the Center of Globalisation and Governance (CGG) at the University of Hamburg.

Research Questions:

Since the early 1990s, profound institutional changes can be observed in the labor market, welfare state, and wage policy, such as the increase of flexible employment, changes in social security schemes and variable payment. These changes are associated with the extension of employment-related risks, weaker upward mobility and income fluctuations. At the beginning of the 21st century, signs of status uncertainty in the middle classes became apparent, which are characterised by the fear to lose one’s own wealth position. It is assumed that the described changes have led to an institutional non-complementarity within the German model of coordinated capitalism, which caused an increase of status uncertainty and a fear of falling, especially in the middle classes.

ProMIS will raise the following research questions:

  1. To what extent do people perceive the institutional arrangement described above as non-complementary, and to that extent does it affect subjective status uncertainty, especially for the middle classes?
  2. What is the impact of these perceptions on long-term binding choices in the life course?
  3. What are people’s beliefs about re-complementation, meaning the restoration of the institu-tional balance?
  4. How do institutional variations at the nation-state level impact the relationship between institutions, perceived status uncertainty, and behavioural consequences for different social classes?

Research Method:

Based on a theoretical clarification of the relationship between these institutional changes and emerging (non-)complementarities in Germany we will develop assumptions about how social classes differ in perceiving and coping with these changes. Subsequently, two CAWI surveys based on a randomly stratified sample of 3000 German adults belonging to the workforce will be carried out.

First Publications:

  • Lengfeld, H. (2012): Paradoxien des Kapitalismus: Effekte variierender Arbeitsmarktinstitutio-nen auf Unsicherheitsempfindungen von Beschäftigten, in Soeffner, H.-G. (Hg.): Transnationale Vergesellschaftungen. Verhandlungen des 35. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie. Wiesbaden, VS-Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften (CD-ROM).
  • Lengfeld, H./Kleiner, T.-M. (2009): Flexible Beschäftigung und soziale Ungleichheit – Eine Synthese des Stands der Forschung. Arbeit, Zeitschrift für Arbeitsforschung, Arbeitsgestaltung und Arbeitspolitik 1: 46-62
  • Lengfeld, H./Hirschle, J. (2009): Die Angst der Mittelschicht vor dem Abstieg. Eine Längsschnittanalyse 1984-2007. Zeitschrift für Soziologie 38, 5: 379-399.


Pravemann, Stephanie & Stephan Poppe (2015): LEGIDA gezählt. Soziologie 44(2), 153-161.

Klingner, Stephan; Pravemann, Stephanie; Becker, Michael (2015): Service Productivity In Different Industries – An Empirical Investigation. In: Benchmarking: An International Journal.

Klingner, Stephan; Pravemann, Stephanie; Becker, Michael (2014): Produktivität bei Dienstleistungen. Leipzig: LIV (Leipziger Beiträge zur Informatik, 43).

Klingner, Stephan; Pravemann, Stephanie; Becker, Michael; Fähnrich, Klaus-Peter (2014): Managing Service Productivity. In: John Bessant, Claudia Lehmann und Kathrin M. Moeslein (Hg.): Driving Service Productivity. Cham: Springer International Publishing (Management for Professionals), S. 43–58.


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