Work Group Socialisation Research: News


  • 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.


  • 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:


  • 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:

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:


  • 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:


  • "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 (


  • "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:


  • 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.
More information

  • 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:

  • 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

  • ​New Publication Published

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

The postdoctoral thesis "Spielfelder des Selbst - Eine Längsschnittstudie zu jungen Erwachsenen in Handwerksbetrieben, Hochschulen und Kunstakademien" has been published by Juventa (link).





  • Habilitation

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.


Prof. Dr Alexandra König 

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Postal Address

Universität Duisburg-Essen
Fakultät für Bildungswissenschaften
Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft
Arbeitsgruppe Sozialisationsforschung
Universitätsstraße 2
45141 Essen

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Universität Duisburg-Essen
Fakultät für Bildungswissenschaften

Campus Essen
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Room S06S06B69
45141 Essen