Gesa Lindemann

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Gesa Lindemann during the panel “Human rights as cultural imperialism?”, March 2010

Gesa Lindemann (* 1956 in Salzgitter-Bad ) is a German professor of sociology .


In 1985 Gesa Lindemann completed her studies with a diploma in sociology. From 1987 to 1988 and 1990 to 1992 she was a research assistant at the Magnus Hirschfeld Society in Berlin. In 1993 she did her doctorate at the University of Bremen on the social construction of gender . From 1993 to 1994 she was a lecturer in sociology at the Free University of Berlin and from 1994 to 1999 research assistant with Heinz Steinert at the University of Frankfurt am Main . Gesa Lindemann completed her habilitation in 2001 and, after holding various teaching positions and substitute professorships as well as visiting professorships in Great Britain, Brazil and Sweden, became professor of sociology at the University of Oldenburg in 2007 .


In addition to gender research, Lindemann's work focuses on sociological theory, especially social and societal theory, sociology of human rights, methodology of social sciences, medical sociology and sociology of scientific knowledge as well as especially the relationship between sociology and anthropology and the limits of socialization .

Following on from Helmuth Plessner's historical-reflexive anthropology , she developed the concept of a reflexive anthropology . In this, anthropology or anthropological assumptions are not understood as a socio-theoretical foundation, but are made the object of observation. This approach deals with the question of how the circle of social persons is limited in societies and what function anthropology has in modern times.

Fonts (selection)

  • The paradoxical gender . Frankfurt am Main: Fischer, 1993
  • Axes of thought. On the theoretical and institutional talk of gender . (Ed. Together with Theresa Wobbe ), Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, ​​2nd edition 1996, ISBN 3-518-11729-7
  • The limits of the social . Munich: Fink, 2002
  • Worrying certainties . Constance: UVK-Verl.-Ges., 2003
  • Philosophical Anthropology in the 21st Century . (Ed. Together with Hans-Peter Krüger), Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2006
  • Theoretical empiricism. On the relevance of qualitative research . (Ed. Together with Herbert Kalthoff and Stefan Hirschauer ), Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, ​​2008
  • Thinking the social from its limits . Velbrück: Weilerswist, 2009
  • Theories of the Third. Innovations in Sociology and Social Philosophy . (Ed. Together with Thomas Bedorf and Joachim Fischer ), Fink, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-7705-5021-0 .
  • The paradoxical gender . 2nd edition, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 2011
  • World access. The multi-dimensional order of the social . Weilerswist: Velbrück, 2014.
  • Manfred Baumgardt, Ralf Dose , Manfred Herzer , Hans-Günter Klein , Ilse Kokula , Gesa Lindemann: Magnus Hirschfeld - life and work. Exhibition catalog . West Berlin: rosa Winkel, 1985 (publication series of the Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft 3)
    • 2nd ext. Ed. With an afterword by Ralf Dose. Hamburg: von Bockel, 1992. (Series of publications by the Magnus Hirschfeld Society 6)

Web links

Commons : Gesa Lindemann  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. See Gesa Lindemann, Thinking about the social from its limits. Velbrück, Weilerswist 2009.