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The article deals with the foundations, history, and developments of microsociological research in German-language sociology. After discussing the complex differentiation between micro and macro, it presents research that currently dominates this field with the aim of highlighting the distinct profile of contemporary German-language microsociology. This specific profile can be seen in its pursuit of a relationist theory program. Across the various subject areas of microsociological research, traditional individualistic and collectivist paradigms are giving way to research that revolves around relational analyses, such as situation analyses, and enactivist theory programs.

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