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Department of Social Sciences

Sociology with a Focus on Social Inequalities

Research and Teaching Focus

We do research and teach aspects of inequality and power relations. This includes questions about how social positions are related to mentalities, distinctions, and processes of maintaining and reproducing status. In various projects, we explore, among other things, how boundaries are drawn in middle and privileged social situations, e.g., we research the maintenance of status in middle-class and wealthy families, the careers of scientists, and private landlords. We also include perspectives from family, gender, and environmental sociology.

Empirically, we conduct research using a variety of methods. Reflecting on methods, especially mixed methods, is one of our main focuses.

In teaching, we offer various courses on social inequality and methods for different study phases (e.g., introductions, research workshops).