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This article reviews significant contributions of German-language sociology to international debates about the nature and future of contemporary society from the four basic perspectives of modern Western sociological theories of society: functional differentiation, capitalism, inequalities, and culture. Special attention is paid to the diagnosis of today’s and potential future problem areas of society, in particular problems of societal integration and individual life chances.

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