Human Studies

, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 487–491 | Cite as

Thomas Luckmann (October 14, 1927–May 10, 2016)

  • Martin EndreßEmail author
In Memoriam

On May 10, 2016, Thomas Luckmann passed away at his residence in Austria (Ossiacher See) at the age of 88 years. One of the most outstanding representatives of sociology of the past decades left us. An influential personality, his name is inextricably connected to the University of Konstanz and to the continuation of Alfred Schütz’s work on the “structures of the lifeworld”. Luckmann gained worldwide attention due to his numerous contributions to the foundation of phenomenological sociology, the sociology of religion in modern societies, and the analysis of communicative genres and the sociology of knowledge.

Born in 1927 in Jesenice, Slovenia, as the only child of a Slovenian mother and an Austrian father, Luckmann attended high school in Klagenfurt, shortly after fleeing from Ljubljana due to the 1941 Italian occupation. The murder of his father and other relatives motivated his mother to relocate the family in Vienna in 1943. Living in Austria, and having thus formally acquired...


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  1. 1.TrierGermany

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