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Sociology in Germany

A History

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  • Provides the first book-length study of the history of sociology in Germany written in English.
  • Situates the course of German sociology in its historical, economic, political, and cultural contexts.
  • Places emphasis on the development of sociology after 1945 and its integral role in the foundation of the young Federal Republic.
  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: Sociology Transformed (SOTR)

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Table of contents (6 chapters)


About this book

This open access book traces the development of sociology in Germany from the late 19th century to the present day, providing a concise overview of the main actors, institutional processes, theories, methods, topics and controversies. Throughout the book, the author relates the discipline’s history to its historical, economic, political and cultural contexts. The book begins with sociology in the German Reich, the Weimar Republic, National Socialism and exile, before exploring sociology after 1945 as a ‘key discipline’ of the young Federal Republic of Germany, and reconstructing the periods from 1945 to 1968 and from 1968 to 1990. The final chapters are devoted to sociology in the German Democratic Republic and the period from 1990 to the present day. This work will appeal to students and scholars of sociology, and to a general readership interested in the history of Germany. 

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sociology, University of Graz, Graz, Austria

    Stephan Moebius

About the author

Stephan Moebius is Professor of Sociological Theory and Intellectual History at the University of Graz, Austria.

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