Meet the LOC – Dieter Bögenhold

In our series “Meet the LOC” we would like to introduce you to the members of our Local Organizing Committee. The previous entries in this series can be found here.

Dieter BögenholdWhat is your main sociological field of study and what sparked your interest in it?

I am mostly concerned with a sociology of sociology. Sociology as an academic subject has a history of 100-150 years in which the division of academic domains has evolved and changed considerably. My research questions center around the major question of the principle relationship between sociology, economics, history, and psychology and a few smaller academic fields. We are currently in times in which an increased discussion on interdisciplinarity is on the agenda. Major questions remaining are: (1.) Has the field of sociology changed since Émile Durkheim or Max Weber? (2.) Which domain can sociology claim as being its exclusive ground? Answers to these questions have to identify a broader landscape of academic division: Economics is moving increasingly in the direction of social topics and sociological ground. The “imperialism of economics” (Granovetter) is increasingly approaching traditional academic fields of history, psychology, and sociology. However, at least two psychologists and an economic historian have received Nobel prizes in economics. How can sociology map with this trend, how can this development be converted into an academic opportunity for sociology? Continue reading

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