Professor for Sociological Theories and Cultural Sociology at
Department of Sociology, Dresden University of Technology
RESEARCH FIELDS AND INTERESTS
Acoustic media technology, Sound and Pop Culture
“Consumerism and Modernity”:
Historical Sociology of modern Consumption
Consumerism is a disposition or an attitude of modern individuals that makes the promises of the market society attractive. Where and when did that attitude emerge? What is its social function? These are the key questions for my book (2009) and related articles in this reserach field. Together with Kai-Uwe Hellmann, I founded the sociology of consumption group, that aims to establish this subject in the German sociological debate.
“Psychological Engineering and Radiophony”:
Sociology of media-based and data-based subjectivation
My doctoral thesis deals with the parallel constitution of subjectivity and reality through media (radio) and methods of social regulation in 1920′s Germany. It consists of two exemplary studies: 1st on German psychological engineering (“Psychotechnik”) of the time, which is much less disciplinary than often argued. Instead, Psycho-technique aims to make the artificial knowledge produced by testing accessible for the tested individuals as a means of orientation. 2nd on radio, which can be seen as a complementary technique to deal with the artificial realities emerging in the course of rationalisation and technologisation: Radio permits the development of technically transmitted and aesthetically constructed experience (radio drama), simultaneously heard by virtually the whole of society.
“Sociology of Mass Culture”:
Cultural Sociology as a Theory of Modernity
As a member of the section Cultural Sociology in the German Sociological Association (DGS), I am interested in the epistemology of social and cultural theories, especially in relation to the discussions on mass culture. (Member of the board since 2005)
“Discourse analysis and history of Semantics”:
Rethinking and applying Foucault’s discourse analysis
I am especially interested in the concept of post-normative and post-disciplinary control. I hold to a concept of normalisation that is distinctive from the juridical normativity as well as from Foucaults concept of discipline that is based on prescriptive norms. What is in question here is a norm based on normality, on the normal.