Sociology in Austria

  • Christian Fleck

Part of the Sociology Transformed book series (SOTR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Christian Fleck
    Pages 1-11
  3. Christian Fleck
    Pages 12-21
  4. Christian Fleck
    Pages 22-31
  5. Christian Fleck
    Pages 32-42
  6. Christian Fleck
    Pages 43-56
  7. Christian Fleck
    Pages 57-68
  8. Christian Fleck
    Pages 69-76
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 86-92

About this book


Sociology in Austria has been frequently affected by political developments in the country. This first history of sociology in Austria examines the impact of the break-up of the Habsburg Empire and of two consecutive dictatorships, which destroyed academic freedom by means of forced migration and imprisonment. Even after 1945 the re-established Second Republic did not dismiss professors promoted during the Nazi period, and failed to invite exiled academics to return home. The author argues that the result has been a continuation of favouritism and conformism, with compliance to political regimes sanctioned at the expense of meritocracy and that in the light of this chequered past we should celebrate instances of de-institutionalization.


Sociology Austria universities Nazism institutionalization de-nazification conformism academic recruitment university reform social impact Institution liberty migration sociology university

Authors and affiliations

  • Christian Fleck
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GrazAustria

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