Material and cultural orders and the contemporary conduct of life


Claudia Globisch, Bernadette Müller Kmet, Silvia Rief, Kristina Stoeckl, Bernhard Weicht

This research focuses on the interaction between social order and contemporary cultural practices, notably on: (i) the interlacing of the economic and political, (ii) socio-technical and spatial arrangements, and cultural orders. The reciprocal influence of these orders on the conduct of life and, conversely, the effects of shifts in cultural practices are key concerns. The research focus brings together insights drawn from political and economic sociology, Organization Studies, cultural sociology, the sociology of knowledge and technology, religion and of everyday life. Both theoretical analysis and empirical – particularly qualitative – methods – are applied.

Market orders:

  • change in the capitalist system;
  • finance capitalism and financialization;
  • consumption, reproduction and the conduct of life;
  • the market as an institutional and cultural order;
  • the economic and social organization of provisions and production of goods and services – e.g., non-market economic and social forms.

Material and cultural orders:

  • socio-technical arrangements and the transformation of consumption and everyday provisioning practices;
  • interaction between cultural framing conditions and the legitimations of orders of affluence and consumption, on the one hand, and the conduct of life, on the other;
  • social innovation: new forms of everyday conduct of life and material provisioning;
  • symbolic and social boundary work, in- and exclusion processes (precarious employment contracts, poverty, anti-Semitism, violence).

Political orders:

Here we examine the impact of changing styles of political steering and the emergence of ‘new state spaces’ with respect to:

  • changing state and government capacities associated with the increasing use of policy instruments and reliance on experts, and the emphasis upon ‘partnership’ and ‘network’ governance;
  • changes in the behaviour of actors and strategies of institutions (particularly in the public sector) associated with the marketization of public services and proliferation of audit with particular reference to the relationship between rule makers and rule takers;
  • responses among civil society actors to altered political and economic framing conditions – e.g. among consumer movements and globalization-critical movements.
  • radical political actors and ideologies in Europe.

Selected publications

  • Globisch, Claudia (2013) Radikaler Antisemitismus. Inklusions- und Exklusionssemantiken von links und rechts in Deutschland. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.
  • Globisch, Claudia (2012) Strukturwandel sozialpolitischer Steuerung. In Bohmann, G., Niedenzu, H.-J. (eds.) (2012): Markt - Inklusion - Gerechtigkeit. Zum Problem der sozialen Gerechtigkeit in der Marktgesellschaft. ÖZS Sonderheft 11. Wiesbaden: Springer VS: 133-154.
  • Globisch, Claudia, Pufelska, Agniezska and Weiß, Volker (eds.) (2011) Die Dynamik der europäischen Rechten. Geschichte, Kontinuität und Wandel. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.
  • Müller Kmet, Bernadette (2017) 'Private and Public Universities in Kenya and Tanzania: Missions and Visions' In Anne Goujon, Max Haller and Bernadette Müller Kmet (eds.): Higher Education in Africa: Challenges for Development, Mobility and Cooperation. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 82-106.
  • Anne Goujon, Max Haller and Bernadette Müller Kmet (eds.) (2017) Higher Education in Africa: Challenges for Development, Mobility and Cooperation. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Max, Haller; Eder, Anja und Bernadette Müller Kmet (2015): Drei Wege zur Zähmung des Kapitalismus. Die Wahrnehmung und Bewertung sozioökonomischer Ungleichheit in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz; Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 40 (1).
  • Müller, Bernadette (2011): Empirische Identitätsforschung. Personale, soziale und kulturelle Dimensionen der Selbstverortung, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
  • Ötsch, Silke (2013) ‘Time for Socio-Economic Peace-Making. Imposing Socio-Economic Alternatives in the Light of Reform Failure.’ In Bert Preiss and Claudia Brunner (eds.): Democracy in Crisis: The Dynamics of Civic Protest and Civic Resistance. Vienna and Berlin: LIT-Verlag: 79–107.
  • Ötsch, Silke, Pasqualoni, Pier Paolo and Scott, Alan (2013): ‘From “New Spirit” to New Steel Hard Casing? Civil Society Actors, Capitalism, and Crisis: The Case of Attac in Europe.’ In Paul Du Gay & Glenn Morgan (eds.) New Spirits of Capitalism? Oxford: Oxford University Press: 231-250.
  • Ötsch, Silke (2012): ‘Die Normalität der Ausnahme: Finanzoasen als Parallelökonomie von Eliten und das Ausbleiben der Regulierung.‘ Momentum Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 1: 27-44.
  • Rief, Silvia (in print, 2014) ‚Subjekt im Kokon. Zur Gestaltung und Regelung des sozialen Raums in einem Fernreisezug.‘ Soziale Interaktion.
  • Rief, Silvia (2009) Club Cultures: Boundaries, Identities and Otherness. Routledge Advances in Sociology. New York, London: Routledge.
  • Rief, Silvia (2008) ‘Outlines of a critical sociology of consumption: Beyond moralism and celebration.’ Sociology Compass 2(2): 560-576.
  • Scott, Alan (2013) 'Capitalism as culture and statecraft. Weber-Simmel-Hirschman.' Journal of Classical Sociology 13(3): 30-46. Special issue In Memoriam David Frisby edited by Nigel Dodd.
  • Silver, Hilary, Scott, Alan and Kazepov, Yuri (eds.) (2010) Symposium on ‘Participation in Urban Contestation and Deliberation’ plus Editors’ Introduction (pp. 453-77). International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 34(7).
  • Le Galès, Patrick and Scott, Alan (2008) 'Une révolution bureaucratique britannique ? Autonomie sans contrôle ou "freer markets, more rules."' Revue Française de Sociologie 49/2: 317-346. Translated as 'A British bureaucratic revolution? Autonomy without control or "freer markets, more rules."' Revue Française de Sociologie 51, Supplement (Annual English Selection) 2010: 117-143.
  • Tolhurst, Edward &  Weicht, Bernhard (2017), Preserving personhood: The strategies of men negotiating the experience of dementia, Journal of Aging Studies, Vol. 40, pp. 29-35.
  • Tolhurst, Edward; Weicht, Bernhard & Kingston, Paul (2016), Narrative collisions, sociocultural pressures and dementia: the relational basis of personhood, Sociology of Health & Illness, doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12523
  • Karner, Christian and Weicht Bernhard (eds.) (2016): The Commonalities of Global Crises: Markets, Communities and Nostalgia, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Weicht, Bernhard (2016): State, Market, or back to the Family? Nostalgic Struggles for Proper Elder Care, in Karner, C / Weicht B (eds.) (2016), The Commonalities of Global Crises: Markets, Communities and Nostalgia, Palgrave Macmillan, 115-142.
  • Karner, Christian and Weicht Bernhard (2016): Markets, "Communities" and Nostalgia, in Karner, C / Weicht B (eds.), The Commonalities of Global Crises: Markets, Communities and Nostalgia, Palgrave Macmillan, 1-34.
  • Karner, Christian and Weicht Bernhard (2016): Epilogue, in Karner, C / Weicht B (eds.), The Commonalities of Global Crises: Markets, Communities and Nostalgia, Palgrave Macmillan, 345-354.
  • Weicht, Bernhard (2015): The Meaning of Care: The Social Construction of Care for Elderly People, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Da Roit, Barbara, Hoogenboom, Marcel and Weicht, Bernhard (2015): The Gender Informal Care Gap: A fuzzy-set analysis of cross-country variations, European Societies, Vol. 17 (2): 199-218.
  • Weicht, Bernhard (2015): Employment Without Employers? The Public Discourse on Care During the Regularisation Reform in Austria, in Triandafyllidou, A and Marchetti, S (eds.), Employers, Agencies and Immigration: Paying for Care, Farnham: Ashgate: 114-130.
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