02.07.2024New colleague!

We are pleased to introduce the newest member of our work group: Hannah Kaußen is joining our team as part of the DFG-funded research project “Good Parents – Adoption Services in Germany from the Perspective of Applicants and Mediators,” which began July 1.


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24.06.2024Call for Papers for a Special Issue in the Polish Journal "Filoteknos"

Jessica Schwittek and Katarzyna Jendrzey, together with our Polish colleagues Dorota Michułka and Mateusz Świetlicki (University of Wrocław), will be editing a Special Issue on the topic "Migration Narratives: Staying, Leaving, and Returning in Children's and Young Adult Literature" in the Polish journal Filoteknos.

Those interested can send an abstract of 200-300 words to filoteknos@uwr.edu.pl by July 31, 2024.

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The Work Group Socialization Research had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Xiaorong Gu (University of Suffolk, UK) for two weeks as a guest lecturer. Xiaorong Gu had the opportunity to pass on her expertise to students at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

As part of a block seminar taught by Jessica Schwittek, Xiaorong Gu gave a lecture on "Sacrifice and Indebtedness: The Intergenerational Contract in Chinese Rural Migrant Families," followed by a lecture from Dr. Jiayin Li-Gottwald (Helmut-Schmidt University Hamburg) on "The Chinese Cultural, Social, and Identity Dynamics in the Process of Chinese-German Family Upbringing."  Together with Jessica Schwittek's lecture on "'In This Way My Parents Could Really Develop.' Individualized Interdependence in Vietnamese-German Families," the three lecturers were able to offer the students a broad spectrum of perspectives on growing up in Asian societies and in transnational Asian-European spaces.

In addition to the lectures, the seminar provided space for lively discussions, and the students welcomed the opportunity to exchange ideas with experts on growing up in different migration contexts and societies.

We would like to thank Xiaorong Gu and Jiayin Li-Gottwald for their enriching topics and look forward to further collaboration.

29.04.2024Good arrival - a multi-method approach to the perspectives of refugee children

Alexandra König and Jessica Schwittek have a new piece in the 30th volume of the series "Kinder, Kindheiten und Kindheitsforschung":

König, A./Schwittek, J. (2024): Gutes Ankommen – eine multimethodische Annäherung an die Perspektiven von geflüchteten Kindern, in: Schierbaum, A./Diederichs, M./Schierbaum, K. (eds.): Kind(er) und Kindheit(en) im Blick der Forschung Kind(er). Kinder, Kindheiten und Kindheitsforschung, vol. 30, Springer VS: Wiesbaden. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-42625-5_15

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The German DoDzi team spent a lovely few days at the end of March with our Polish colleagues in Wrocław. Dorota Michułka, head of the Polish side of the team, hosted an international scientific conference at the beautiful Nehring Hall library. In addition to Alexandra König, Jessica Schwittek, and Katarzyna Jendrzey’s presentation of results from the DoDzi project, there were many other interesting presentations, mainly from the field of literary studies. Zofia Zasacka from the Polish side also presented results from DoDzi on the topic “Children's reading engagement as a support during growing up”.

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Katarzyna Jendrzey's presentation on the topic "Children's ideas and interpretations of family normality in the context of transnational families" has been accepted by the European Sociolgical Society's 16th conference! The conference, "Tension, Trust, and Transformation," will take place in Porto, Portugal, from August 27-30, 2024.

For more information, visit https://www.europeansociology.org/conferences

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25.03.2024Special Issue in the journal “Families, Relationships and Societies” – February 2025

Alexandra König and Jessica Schwittek , together with Viorela Telegdi-Csetri, are pleased to be editing a Special Issue in the British journal Families, Relationships and Societies. The Special Issue, “Living apart together: Growing up in Transnational Families”, will be published in February 2025.

Transnational family life has become both a growing empirical phenomenon and a conceptual lens through which families’ multilocal spaces and relations become visible. The reasons for families to “live apart together” are based on a multitude of individual and collective motives. Depending on the economic, social and cultural capital of the families, their transnational arrangements and practices play out differently. Research so far has mostly focused on the alleged decision-makers, namely adults, who are usually considered the key figures in migration processes. Children and youth in transnational families are often viewed as more passive or vulnerable and subject to their parents’ choices. In a current German-Polish research project funded by DFG and NCN, König/Schwittek apply a child-centered perspective to grasp how they perceive and evaluate transnational family arrangements. As part of this project, Schwittek organized a conference which took place at the University of Essen, Germany in April 2023, bringing together an international and interdisciplinary group of researchers whose contributions offered fresh perspectives on transnational arrangements.

Based on selected papers presented and discussed during the conference, our Special Issue for FRS offers current research on (growing up in) transnational families, based on innovative methodological approaches. The selected studies focus on new, changing or persisting conditions, figurations, practices, and discursive representations of transnational families in different societies, considering both mobile and “left-behind” or immobile actors, inspiring a theoretical discussion around the normative concepts of childhood and family. The extent to which societies consider transnational or mobile families as being at odds with normative patterns of family, childhood, and parenthood differs, both within societies and between them. Our Special Issue therefore highlights the variability of intergenerational solidarity and evaluation of transnational families on individual, local and global dimensions, allowing us to explore the potential of research on transnational families for the analysis of society and social order more broadly.

25.03.2024New article from Jessica Schwittek and Katarzyna Jendrzey

Jessica Schwittek and Katarzyna Jendrzey have an artitle titled "Kindheitsforschung in internationalen und mehrsprachigen Kontexten“ (Childhood research in international and multilingual contexts) – in the new edition of the volume "Methoden der Kindheitsforschung" (Methods of childhood research), edited by Friederike Heinzel. In the piece, they discuss methodological challenges from our DoDzi Project and our project on young refugees in Germany.

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07.03.2024DoDzi team meeting from March 26-29, 2024

For the end of March, our Polish colleagues have organized a meeting as part of the DoDzi project at the University of Wrocław. At the meeting, Alexandra König, Jessica Schwittek, and Katarzyna Jendrzey will present project results on the topic "The Child as Agent in Transnational Families - Results from a Polish-German Research Project," followed by a discussion with international guests and representatives from local schools. We are looking forward to the exchange!

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28.02.2024Conference report in the Journal for Sociology of Education and Socialization

A report, written by Adrienne Lee Atterberry (Union College, New York), on our international conference Living apart together: Growing up in Transnational Families was published in the Journal for Sociology of Education and Socialization (ZSE), issue 4/2023. We are pleased to have such a nice review of the three-day conference in April 2023.

You can download Atterberry's report (see below).

The complete ZSE issue can be found here.

Read the full conference report
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06.02.2024Vistors from England!

In January, the Work Group Socialisation Research had the great pleasure to welcome two researchers from England: Dr. Xiaorong Gu (University of Suffolk, UK) und Dr. Elizer Jay de los Reyes (University of Southampton, UK). On the 24th, together with Jessica Schwittek, they presented their recently released "Emerald Handbook of Childhood and Youth in Asian Societies Handbook." On the 25th, Dr. Gu and Dr. de los Reyes then held a workshop on their exciting research topics and methods.

The two events were successful and allowed everyone present to gain new impulses for their own work. Dr. Gu and Dr. de los Reyes are both charasmatic and compelling presentors who interacted with the participants and fostered lively discussions.

On the 26th, our two guests also had the opportunity to meet with Prof. Dr. Doris Bühler-Niederberger (University of Wuppertal), another editor of the Handbook.

The visit was certainly rewarding for our work group, and we look forward to further collaborations!

Upcoming workshop: Methodological approaches to the study of mobile childhoods

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Dr. Xiaorong Gu

In this workshop, organized by the IZfB, Dr. Xiarong Gu (University of Suffolk, UK) will present a study on countryside-to-city child migrants in China and Dr. Elizer Jay de los Reyes (University of Southampton, UK) a study on “left-behind” children growing up in transnational families in the Philippines. Both researchers will present their data collection tools and analysis strategies, as well as use examples from their empirical data to demonstrate the advantages and challenges specific to their approaches.

The workshop will take place on Thursday, January 25, from 9:00-15:30
Location: Campus Essen, Room S06 S00 A40

More information can be found here.

Register online by January 15.

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Dr. Elizer Jay de los Reyes

04.01.2024Invitation: Book Launch for the "Emerald Handbook of Childhood and Youth in Asian Societies"

The "Emerald Handbook of Childhood and Youth in Asian Societies: Generations Between Local and Global Dynamics" is dedicated to growing up in the context of social, cultural and economic change processes in Asian societies. The volume brings together contributions by scholars from Asia and Europe whose research aims to give voice to young people and to reconstruct their perspectives. Established concepts and analytical frameworks of (Western-influenced) childhood and youth research are critically scrutinized and further developed on the basis of empirical analyses.

As editors and authors of the handbook Prof Dr. Doris Bühler-Niederberger (University of Wuppertal), Dr. Xiaorong Gu (University of Suffolk), Dr. Elizer Jay de los Reyes (University of Southampton) and Dr. Jessica Schwittek (University of Duisburg-Essen) will be present at the book launch. Short presentations will provide insights into the focal points of the volume and selected contributions. Afterwards, a panel discussion will provide an opportunity to learn more about the field of childhood and youth research in Asian societies and to engage in conversation with the guests.

The book launch will take place on Wednesday, January 24, from 17:00-19:00
Location: Campus Essen, Room S06 S00 A40

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04.01.2024(De)Institutionalization of Education

Alexandra König and Jessica Schwittek are part of the research initiative (De)Institutionalisierung von Bildung und Erziehung ((De)Institutionalization of Education). The initiative now also has its own homepage: https://deinstitutionalisierung.uni-wuppertal.de/de/


15.11.2023New publication: "The Emerald Handbook of Childhood and Youth in Asian Societies," co-edited by Jessica Schwittek

"The Emerald Handbook of Childhood and Youth in Asian Societies: Generations Between Local and
Global Dynamics“ is dedicated to the empirical analysis and established theorization of childhood and youth in the context of the social, cultural, and economic realities in Asian societies. The handbook not only describes the diversity of growing up on a continent where the majority of the world's young people live, but also questions and expands on established concepts and analytical frameworks in existing childhood and youth research, most of which have been formulated by northern institutions.

The handbook is edited by a team of researchers from Asia and Europe, including Jessica Schwittek from the Work Group Socialization Research / IfE. Schwittek also contributes an article on the growing up of Vietnamese Germans.

A book launch with further editors and authors of the handbook is planned at the UDE in January with support from the IZfB. Further information will be announced soon!

The handbook is available for download at the following link:

The open access publication was co-financed by the University Library of Duisburg-Essen

09.11.2023Girls and Horses - a study from Alexandra König and Annette Schnabel

Alexandra König and Annette Schnabel (University of Düsseldorf) have a new article on the topic of animals and gender:

Schnabel, A./Konig, A. (2023): Von Mädchen und Pferden. Die Zeitschrift Wendy als Imaginatorium für ein besonderes, vergeschlechtlichtes Tier-Mensch-Verhältnis, in: Ullrich, J./Roscher, M. (Hrsg.): Tierstudien 24. Tiere und Geschlecht. Berlin: Neofelis Verlag GmbH: 71-82.

09.11.2023International Conference: "Stay-Behind Children of Eastern Europe: Challenges and Solutions"

Katarzyna Jendrzey will present again at the end of the month, this time on the topic "Who or what is left behind? Children's interpretations of parents' temporary migrations".

November 28-29, 2023 - Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania

30.08.2023DFG Project on the topic "Good Parents" approved!

The "creation of good parenting" will be researched by Alexandra König in cooperation with Dr. Arne Niederbacher (TU Dortmund) - from the perspective of adoption agents and applicants. More coming soon...

10.08.2023Opening Lecture at the Annual Conference of the Joint Central Adoption Office Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse

In Mainz on September 5, 2023, Alexandra König will present the opening lecture with the topic "The Search for the Best Parents" at the annual conference of the Joint Central Adoption Agency Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse (Gemeinsame Zentralle Adoptionsstelle) for professionals of public and independent adoption agencies from Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and Saarland.

14.06.2023Children and Youth Perspectives Conference 2023: Theory, Research and Practice in European context

Katarzyna Jendrzey will present on the topic "The Child as an Agent in Transnational Families - Methodological and Theoretical Considerations Using the Example of a Polish-German Research Project".

September 14-15, 2023 in Prague, Czech Republic

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14.06.2023Keynotes - International Conference

The keynote presentations from our international conference in April have been uploaded to the DoDzi Project website. 

Prof. Dr. Doris Bühler-Niederberger – University of Wuppertal
“Good Childhood - (rigid) normative pattern at the face of multiple problem constellations”

Prof. Dr. Magdalena Rembowska-Płuciennik – The Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences
“Living in the shadow of the absent. Narrative representations of non-residential parents in contemporary Polish fiction for young readers.”

14.06.2023Critical Times: Conference of the Austrian Society of Sociology

Alexandra König will be represented twice at the upcoming conference in Vienna.

First she will present the topic "Temporäre Arbeitsmigration als Herausforderung generationaler Arrangements" (Temporary work migration as a challenge for generational arrangements). 

Her second presentation will be on the topic "Elternschaft qua Vermittlung – Adoptionsfamilien als alternative Form der Familiengründung" (Parenthood as agents - Adoptive families as an alternative form of family formations).

03.05.2023International Conference

After months of preparation, our international conference took place from April 27-29. Along with our German and Polish DoDzi teams, we welcomed 21 scholars from various countries and institutions around the world.

The participants shared a wide range of insights into transnational family research. In addition to two keynote presentations, shorter presentations of the participants’ research projects, and brief glimpses into our own DoDzi project, we also had lots of time to discuss and offer new ideas on the presented research, consider methodical challenges of qualitative research, and network within the field. We also had some time for socializing, including a group trip to UNESCO World Heritage Site Zollverein. Our vibrant discussions continued during our guided tour of the site, as well as during meals and breaks. It’s safe to say the workshop was a resounding success, and we’re grateful for all of the presenters and other participants who joined us.

23.03.202320th IMISCOE Annual Conference: "MIGRATION AND INEQUALITIES. In search of answers and solutions" – July 3-6, 2023

The work group will have double representation at the IMISCOE conference. 

Katarzyna Jendrzey will present the topic "Children's perspectives on migration: Growing up in transnational families" in Warsaw, Poland.

Jessica Schwittek, together with Kamila Labuda from the DeZim Institute in Berlin, will give two presentations: 
"Perspectives of Young Viet-Germans on Growing Up in Germany in the Post-Reunification Years" in the Standing Committee Migrant Transnationalism and 
"Reflexive Considerations as Knowledge Producers in Migration (Society) Research".

23.03.2023Welcome back!

The University of Duisburg-Essen was the victim of a cyberattack in November, forcing everyone offline, but the Work Group Socialisation Research  didn't let this setback slow us down.

For our bi-national research project on children in transnational families, we are interpreting group discussions, the last of the children's books have been translated from Polish to English, and the final preparations for the international conference are underway. 

The international workshop "Living apart together: Growing up in transnational families" will take place from April 27-29 and bring together researchers from all around the world. Our goal is to to present and discuss different perspectives on transnational families. We can't wait!

New publication - The search for the best parents

Alexandra König and Arne Niederbacher (TU Dortmund) have a new article in the journal Zeitschrift für Soziologie (Journal of Sociology). Entitled "Die Suche nach den besten Eltern. Eine Dokumenten-analyse zum Wandel des normativen Musters guter Kindheit in der Adoptionsvermittlung" (The search for the best parents. A document-analysis of the change of normative patterns of good childhood in adoption placements), this article explores the question of how child welfare offices find the "best parents" for a child up for adoption.

König, A./Niederbacher, A. (2022): Die Suche nach den besten Eltern. Eine Dokumenten-analyse zum Wandel des normativen Musters guter Kindheit in der Adoptionsvermittlung. Zeitschrift für Soziologie. 51/3: 278-297. DOI: 10.1515/zfsoz-2022-0018

DFG-sponsored Projekt: Growing up in transnational families. Children's perspectives on "good childhood"

The bi-national research project deals with the phenomenon of transnational families, which are being formed due to temporary migration of workers between Poland and Germany. In Poland, mothers who migrate to earn money abroad, are being heavily criticised and their children are being called 'euro-orphans'. We know little about how these family constellations are being perceived by children. What do they think about these family arrangements? Which experiences do they have? And what perceptions of 'good childhood' are the basis for their perception and rating?

Based on a multi-method design, we turn towards these question in a collaborative project with researchers of the University of Wrocław.

This project is being sponsored by DFG and NCN.

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Training Workshop online: Childhood and Youth from a Global Perspective

Under the title Childhood and Youth from a Global Perspective the Work Group Socialisation Research organises a virtual teaching cooperation with lecturers and students of Ton Duc University in Ho-Chi-Minh-City in the summer semester. The cooperation brings students of both universitites closer together and boosts exchange about childhood and youth. Students from Germany present findings about childhood and youth in their country in bi-national student groups, while the lecturers provide input on specialist lectures and invite students to discuss in meetings.

The presentation of the project can be viewed on the website of Training Workshop online: https://lehrwerkstatt.zhqe.uni-due.de/childhood_youth/

New Publication by Jessica Schwittek: Childhood in Germany through the Eyes of Young Refugees

In her new publication, Jessica Schwittek adopts an innovative perspective and asks how young refugees look at 'childhood in Germany', what surprises them and maybe irritates them as well. The article has been published in the magazine Gesellschaft, Individuum, Sozialisation (GISo), which was founded in 2020 by the University of Zürich.
The publication can be accessed here: https://giso-journal.ch/article/view/2734/1863

In the first edition of GISo, Alexandra König has already published an article with the title "Sozialisation als Selbstprojekt. Eine qualitative Längsschnittstudie zu Ausbildung und Studium".
It can be accessed here: https://giso-journal.ch/article/view/GISo.2020.1.2/1293

Alexandra König is new Co-Editor of the Magazine „Zeitschrift für Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozialisation“

Since early 2021, Alexandra König is a member of the team of editors of the renowned magazine "Zeitschrift für Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozialisation".

More on the magazine can be read here: https://www.beltz.de/fachmedien/erziehungs_und_sozialwissenschaften/zeitschriften/zeitschrift_fuer_soziologie_der_erziehung_und_sozialisation.html

"Animal Professionals“ – a Sociological Exploration with Prof Dr Annette Schnabel (University of Düsseldorf)

Out of a shared curiosity a collective article about questions of demarcation between animals and human beings emerged: Annette Schnabel and I looked at "animal professionals", namely police dogs and horses.
On this matter, we explored the animal-human relation in modern times, especially the interspecies-demarcation as a process of saying and doing in a professional context. The result will be published soon in the volume "Posthuman? Neue Perspektiven auf Natur/Kultur" published by Torsten Cress, Oliwia Murawska & Annika Schlitte under the title: "Von Menschen und Tieren in der Moderne – Zur Professionalisierung von Tieren" (König/Schnabel)

Internationality despite the COVID pandemic

The work group Socialisation Research starts a virtual teaching-learning cooperation under the title "Childhood and Youth from a global perspective" with teachers and students of Ton Duc Thang University of Vietnam.

The COVID pandemic has strongly limited students' mobility. It is increasingly important to make a new view on the world possible through other ways. The virtual teaching cooperation under the lead of Prof Dr Alexandra König and Dr Jessica Schwittek with colleagues from Ton Duc Thang University in Ho-Chi-Minh turns to the living conditions of young people in different societies in the context of migration. Students from both universitites will attend lectures and will be given the opportunity to communicate with each other.

For more information, please contact Jessica Schwittek (jessica.schwittek@uni-due.de)

"Pupils without School?" - A Cooperative Event hosted by the Departments of Education from Germany, Austria and Switzerland at the Sociology Congress on the Question of "Post-COVID Society?"

Under this title, Alexandra König organised an event on the "Zwei-Länder-Kongress 2021" in Vienna (or online) as chairperson of the DGS-section "Education" together with Dr Oliver Winkler as well as a colleague from Austria, Dr Philipp Schnell, and a colleague from Switzerland, Mario Steinberg. The congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft der Soziologie has the title "Post-COVID Society?". During the event, the (educational) strategies of teenagers during the pandemic on the basis of first empirical data and theoretical considerations will be discussed.

You can find more information about the event here: https://kongress2021.soziologie.de/aktuelles

Colloquium of the Section Education: What the Pandemic does to Education

The Section Education starts an online-colloquium. In accordance with recent challenges, we want to discuss the topic "What the Pandemic does to Education" in the first block. There will be three talks and a discussion afterwards:

Thursday, 15/04/21, 17:00 - 18:30: Prof Dr Thomas Spiegler (Theological College Friedensau)
Stell dir vor es ist Schule und keiner geht hin. Realisierungsoptionen des Lockdown Learnings aus der Perspektive traditionellen Homeschoolings.
Thursday, 29/04/21, 17:00 - 18:30: Dr Regina Soremski (Justus-Liebig-University Gießen)
„Ich habe immer schon gemocht, mich selbst zu organisieren“ – Biografische Perspektiven Jugendlicher auf Schule und Freizeit unter Pandemiebedingungen
Thursday, 20/05/21, 17:00 - 18:30: Dr Susanne Roßnagl, Mag Wolfgang Hagleitner und Dr Livia Jesacher-Rößle (University Innsbruck)
Veränderte Berufs- und Ausbildungswahl von Jugendlichen in Zeiten der Pandemie? Ausgewählte Befunde einer österreichischen Längsschnittstudie.

You will find the link to the virtual conference rooms in the newsletter provided by the Section. If you are not getting the newsletter, feel free to contact me as a speaker of the Section. A registration is not required - just tune in!

Time as the Focus of Research

The transdisciplinary glossary „Zeit im Lebensverlauf“ will be printed as a result of the activities of the DFG-junior-network "Being young – growing older: temporalities in transition“.

Sebastian Schinkel (former member of the work group Childhood Research) and Alexandra König (work group Socialisation Research) are members of the network and co-editors of the glossary, which will be published in November and will be available online thanks to the financial supprt of the University-Duisburg-Essen.
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New Speaker of the DGS-Section "Education"

Alexandra König has been elected as speaker of the Section "Education" (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie). She will accept this position with Dr Andrea Lange-Vester (University of Hannover).
More information on the Section: https://www.bildungssoziologie.de

Announcement: Publication

In the latest Special Issue that I edited with Elisabeth Schilling for FQS, methodogical and methodological questions of qualitative research on time are being discussed with various research projects as examples:

Special Issue Challenging Times—Methods and Methodological Approaches to Qualitative Research on Time (with Elisabeth Schilling) [16 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 21(2), Art. 27, 2020 http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-21.2.3508 

New Publication

In cooperation with Aytüre Türkyilmaz an article on socialisation theory has been published in the handbook "Qualitative Längsschnittforschung“:

König, A./Türkyilmaz, A. (2020): Sozialisationsprozesse im Längsschnitt – eine interaktionistische Perspektive. In: Thiersch, S. (Ed.): Qualitative Längsschnittforschung – Bestimmungen, Forschungspraxis und Reflexionen. Budrich: 63-86.

Postdoctoral Thesis Published

Prof. Dr. Alexandra König's postdoctoral thesis "Spielfelder des Selbst - Eine Längsschnittstudie zu jungen Erwachsenen in Handwerksbetrieben, Hochschulen und Kunstakademien" has been published by Juventa.


Dr. Alexandra König has been habilitated with her postdoctoral thesis "Spielfelder des Selbst - Eine Längsschnittstudie zu jungen Erwachsenen in Handwerksbetrieben, Hochschulen und Kunstakademien" and the presentation with the colloquium on "Juvenile taste-alliances as seen in the example of shopping" as well as a field of study related lecture on the topic of "Introduction into interpretative social research".

The postdoctoral thesis has been approved by three expert reports and the unanimous decision of the habilitation committee. On the 27th of July 2017 the habilitation committee has granted Mrs König the teaching qualification in Sociology unanimously.
The faculty council of the Faculty for Human and Social Sciences has conferred the teaching qualification (venia legendi) in Sociology unanimously on the 25th of October 2017.

Her monograph will be published by Juventa in early 2019.

New Edition - Textbook Socialisation

Due to high demand the textbook "Sozialisation. Über die Vermittlung von Gesellschaft und Individuum und die Bedingungen von Identität" came out in a new edition. It has been completely revised and extended in cooperation with Prof Dr Dr Heinz Abels. Published by VS 2016.

New Article Published

On the basis of a research project with students, Dr Steffen Eisentraut and I have written an article on "juvenile taste-alliances". Young adults have been observed during their shopping tours.

You can read about what those young adults do when they are going shopping here: Schinkel, Sebastian/ Herrmann, Ina (Ed.): Ästhetiken in Kindheit und Jugend. Sozialisation im Spannungsfeld von Kreativität, Konsum und Distinktion. Transkript 2017: 165-182.