Review Essay: "Personal Relations" as a Sociological Category?


  • Rainer Schützeichel FernUniversität in Hagen



personal relationships, interactions, emotions, friendship, group, family, professions


This review essay discusses the question raised by the handbook "Personal Relations": whether and to what extent personal relations can be understood as a fundamental sociological category, one that is uniform and covers social relations such as pair relationships, brother-sister and parent-child relationships, family relations, friendships, neighbourhoods or informal working groups. It examines the different criteria which—according to the publishers—plead for establishing personal relations as a joint structural form. However, it also considers further aspects, such as the ways in which these forms of personal relations differ from other social relations, and raises the question of whether these differences can only be reconstructed through the means of an a-historical, systematic comparison of social relations—as suggested by the handbook. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1003187


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Author Biography

Rainer Schützeichel, FernUniversität in Hagen

Rainer SCHÜTZEICHEL arbeitet am Institut für Soziologie der FernUniversität in Hagen, vornehmlich in den Bereichen Soziologische Theorie, Wissens- und Professionssoziologie. In FQS findet sich mit "Die Profession der Architekten" ein weiterer Rezensionsaufsatz von SCHÜTZEICHEL (zu "Architektur als professionalisierte Praxis" von Oliver SCHMIDTKE 2006;



How to Cite

Schützeichel, R. (2010). Review Essay: "Personal Relations" as a Sociological Category?. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 11(3).