Helge Peters

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Helge Peters

Helge Peters (born November 28, 1937 in Lübeck ) is a German sociologist .

Peters studied sociology , economics and public law at the universities of Hamburg, Kiel and Münster. He worked at the Social Research Center at the University of Münster in Dortmund, received his doctorate in 1968 and completed his habilitation in 1971. From 1972 to 1975 he was Professor of Sociology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main , and from 1975 to 1993 he was Professor of Theories of Deviant Behavior in the department Pedagogy of the University of Oldenburg. Since 1993 Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Sociology, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg . He retired in 2003 .

His areas of work are: social problems and social control . Peters is one of the founding generation of critical criminology in Germany and, alongside Fritz Sack, is an uncompromising representative of the labeling approach .

Fonts (selection)

  • Modern care and its legitimation. A sociological analysis of social work , Cologne and Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1968.
  • With Helga Cremer-Schäfer : The gentle controllers. How social workers deal with deviants , Stuttgart: Enke, 1975, ISBN 3-432-87751-X .
  • Deviance and Social Control. An introduction to the sociology of deviant behavior. 1989. 3rd completely revised. Edition, Weinheim; Munich: Juventa-Verlag, 2009, ISBN 978-3-7799-1486-0 .
  • Social problems and social control , Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 2002, ISBN 3-531-13668-2 .
  • Editor with Michael Dellwing: Boring Crime. Why criminologists find dealing with crime more interesting than crime , Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag, 2011, ISBN 978-3-531-17515-7 .


  • Peters, Helge , in: Wilhelm Bernsdorf / Horst Knospe (editor): Internationales Soziologenlexikon , Vol. 2, Enke, Stuttgart ² 1984, p. 658, ISBN 978-3432907024 .
  • Manfred Brusten, Birgit Menzel, Rüdiger Lautmann: Deviance in Change. Helge Peters on his 60th birthday. With a foreword by Friedrich W. Busch. Oldenburg University Speeches. Lectures. Speeches. Essays. No. 102. Library and information system of the University of Oldenburg. Oldenburg. 1998. ISBN 3-8142-1102-2 .

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