Inst. Soziologie

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Project Networks and Changing Industry Practices – Collaborative Content Production in the German Television Industry

Windeler, Arnold ; Sydow, Jörg (2001)

Changing industry practices and forms of production organization are the medium and result of co-evolutionary processes of change. The disruptive event of transforming the German TV industry into a dual system triggered a change in content production from in-house to collaborative forms in project networks which are not only highly sensitive to previous and anticipated project practices, but al...

[Book review:] Hermans, Hubert J. M. & Hermans-Jansen, Els, Self-narratives: The construction of meaning in psychotherapy (New York: Guilford, 1995)

Valsiner, Jaan (1996)


Organizing R&D Consortia for Path Creation and Extension: The Case of Semiconductor Manufacturing Technologies

Sydow, Jörg ; Windeler, Arnold ; Schubert, Cornelius ; Möllering, Guido (2012)

Taking issue with the classical theory of path dependence, we capture the active agency involved in collective efforts aimed at extending a current technological path and, in parallel, at creating a new path in the field of leading-edge international semiconductor manufacturing. We apply structuration theory in order to analyse the practices of path constitution that traditional evolutionary vi...

Repeating the Case for an Expanded Understanding of Methods in Psychology: Again and Again

Mey, Günter ; Mruck, Katja (1997)


The importance of absence in the present: practices of remembrance and the contestation of absences

Meier, Lars ; Frers, Lars ; Sigvardsdotter, Erika (2013)

What is missing, where and for whom? And how does that which is absent relate to the things and people that are present? This special issue of cultural geographies demonstrates the relevance of absence in its social and spatial dimensions. By focusing on that which does not claim physical presence, that which is missing or hiding, this issue demonstrates how an in-depth examination of the phen...

Encounters with haunted industrial workplaces and emotions of loss: class-related senses of place within the memories of metalworkers

Meier, Lars (2012)

This article is about the relevance of social class within emotional geography. Based on life history interviews with former metalworkers in Bavaria, it analyses their identity-related sense of place and the feelings of loss they experience when encountering their former places of work. By concentrating on the perspective of those who have worked on industrial sites, and their encounters with t...

In Quest of the Good Urban Life: Socio-spatial Dynamics and Residential Building Stock Transformation in Zurich

Koll-Schretzenmayr, Martina ; Ritterhoff, Frank ; Siebel, Walter (2009)

This paper discusses socio-spatial dynamics and the transformation of the residential building stock in the global city of Zurich. It deals with five questions. Does Zurich exhibit the type of social polarisation outlined by the global city hypothesis? If so, how does social polarisation become visible in the context of a European city? Which actors in the real estate market are catering to the...

Videography: analysing video data as a ‘focused’ ethnographic and hermeneutical exercise

Knoblauch, Hubert ; Schnettler, Bernt (2012)

Visual research methods are becoming increasingly important for qualitative studies. Within this dynamically expanding field, methods for analysing ‘natural’ video recordings have developed considerably over the past decades. In this article we discuss methodological aspects of general importance for any analysis of this type of video data. Being a fundamentally interpretive method, our first a...

The Performance of Knowledge: Pointing and Knowledge in Powerpoint Presentations

Knoblauch, Hubert (2008)

Powerpoint and similar technologies have contributed to a profound transformation of lecturing and presenting information. In focusing on pointing in powerpoint presentations, the article addresses aspects of this transformation of speech into 'presentations'. As opposed to popular attacks against powerpoint, the analysis of a large number of audio-visually recorded presentations (mainly in Ger...

Spirituality and Popular Religion in Europe

Knoblauch, Hubert (2008)

The author develops theoretical and partly tentative arguments on the state of what is called religion with a focus on Europe. The concept of "religion'' is complemented by a more basic and less biased notion such as "transcendence'', as plemented by a more basic and less biased notion such as "transcendence", as coined by the phenomenological sociology of Schütz, Berger and Luckmann, a notion ...

Europe and Invisible Religion

Knoblauch, Hubert (2003)

This introductory article begins by sketching Luckmann's theory of invisible religion. It lays stress particularly on the recent modifications of this theory: in addition to the well-known anthropological notion of transcendence, Luckmann elaborates a detailed phenomenological notion of transcendence, distinguishing between three levels of transcendence. This innovation, it is argued, not only ...

Expertise Lost: An Early Case of Technology Assessment

Joerges, Bernward (1994)

This Note traces the curious history of an early technological risk assessment from three vantage points: that of historians of technology, of technology assessment (TA) experts, and of those knowledgeable in SSK. The principle of `double coincidence' is introduced, and the uncertain status of expertise in TA is discussed.

Symmetrical twins: On the relationship between Actor-Network theory and the sociology of critical capacities

Guggenheim, Michael ; Potthast, Jörg (2012)

This article explores the elective affinities between Actor-Network Theory (ANT) and the sociology of critical capacities. It argues that these two research programmes can be understood as symmetrical twins. We show the extent to which the exchange between Bruno Latour and Luc Boltanski has influenced their respective theoretical developments. Three strong encounters between the twin research p...

[Book Review:] Germany and the Politics of Nuclear Weapons

Endruweit, Günter (1980)


How to Control Things with Words

Czarniawska-Joerges, Barbara ; Joerges, Bernward (1988)

Labels, metaphors, and platitudes are linguistic artifacts that organizational leaders produce, steal, borrow, or buy from consultants for a high price. Studies on organizational change indicate that such linguistic artifacts are used as control tools and instruments of change. They enable leaders to manage meaning by explaining, coloring, and familiarizing, as opposed to traditional change and...

The social dynamics of heterogeneous innovation ecosystems

Ferdinand, Jan-Peter ; Meyer, Uli (2017)

In this article, we develop a programmatic notion of innovation ecosystems, which emphasizes the analysis of different forms of distributed innovation without reducing the perspective to the role of a focal organization. It highlights relationships between communities and corporate firms as nexus for distributed innovation and elaborates how different facets of openness shape the dynamic of the...

Behagliche Monumentalität in Frankfurt

Enders, Tina (2018)

Bisherige architektursoziologische Ansätze, die den Zusammenhang von Gesellschaft und Architektur aufzuschlüsseln versuchen, beziehen sich in aller Regel nur sehr wenig bis gar nicht auf das direkte bauliche Umfeld und dessen physisch-materiellen Aspekte. Auch der Entstehungsprozess von Architekturen gerät nur selten in den Untersuchungsfokus. Zwar werden regelmäßig soziale Vorgänge in eine dir...

Architektur als Akteur

Leuenberger, Theresia (2018)

Das Dissertationsprojekt „Architektur als Akteur“ untersucht Architekturerfahrungen aus der Perspektive der Nutzer und Nutzerinnen. In der Architekturtheorie und -geschichte wird eine Vielfalt von Architekturerfahrungen diskutiert, die eine gewisse Allgemeingültigkeit der Erfahrungen voraussetzen. Es fehlen bislang theoretische Grundlagen, um Architekturerfahrungen sozial differenziert zu unter...

Wenn die Innovation zur Ideologie wird

Stock, Jessica (2018)

Mit dieser Arbeit lege ich eine detaillierte praxeologische Analyse der Innovationspraxis der Gemeinschaft der Elektromobilisten vor. Die Elektromobilisten haben sich bereits frühzeitig als eine Innovationsgemeinschaft formiert, bei der die Mitglieder mit einer tiefgreifenden Überzeugung als Innovationsakteur/-innen tätig werden. Ihre Innovationsaktivitäten richten sich dabei allgemein auf die ...

Wissenschaft zwischen Lebensform und Karrierejob

Rogge, Jan-Christoph (2017)

Die These, die in der Dissertation entfaltet wird, lautet, dass mit dem wissenschaftlichen Beruf heute widersprüchliche Karriereanforderungen verbunden sind: Die traditionellen Sozial- und Organisationsideen der Wissenschaft sind noch immer wirkmächtig. Die Wissenschaft soll nach wie vor Lebensform und Berufung sein. Zugleich ist die Wissenschaft aber von einem Transformationsprozess erfasst, d...