Conference Report: The New Discovery of Margins: Theory-Based Excursions in Marginal Social Fields


  • Babette Kirchner Technische Universität Dortmund
  • Jule-Marie Lorenzen Technische Universität Berlin
  • Christine Striffler Technische Universität Dortmund



sociology of knowledge, marginal social fields, social constructivism


At this year's spring conference of the Sociology of Knowledge Section of the German Sociological Association, a diverse range of theoretical concepts and multiple empirical insights into different marginal social fields were presented. As in everyday life, drawing a line between center and margin can be seen as an important challenge that must equally be faced in sociology. The socially constructed borderline appears to be highly variable. Therefore it has to be delineated or fixed somehow. The construction of margins is necessary for society in general and smaller social groupings alike to confirm one's own "normal" identity, or one's own membership on the fringes. The different contributions exemplify what was established at the beginning of the conference: Namely that society and its margins are defined differently according to the empirical as well as conceptual focus.



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Author Biographies

Babette Kirchner, Technische Universität Dortmund

Jule-Marie Lorenzen, Technische Universität Berlin

Jule-Marie LORENZEN, geb. 1981, Dipl. Soz. tech., TU Berlin, seit 2012 Promotionsstipendiatin der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. Forschungsschwerpunkte: Wissens- und Bildungssoziologie, Grenzen- und Übergangsforschung, Praxis- und Kapitaltheorie BOURDIEUs, Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung, besonders hermeneutisch-rekonstruktive Verfahren. Laufende Promotion zu Mentoring als Form des Übergangsmanagements am Übergang Schule-Ausbildung/Studium.

Christine Striffler, Technische Universität Dortmund

Christine STRIFFLER, geb. 1986, M.A. (Alternde Gesellschaften), B.Sc. (Oecotrophologie), seit 2013 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine Soziologie. Forschungsschwerpunkte: hermeneutische Wissenssoziologie, Lebensweltanalyse von Menschen mit Demenz, Konsummilieus älterer Menschen.



How to Cite

Kirchner, B., Lorenzen, J.-M., & Striffler, C. (2014). Conference Report: The New Discovery of Margins: Theory-Based Excursions in Marginal Social Fields. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 15(2).



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