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Hubert Knoblauch (born March 21, 1959 in Friedrichshafen ) is a German sociologist . He is known for his contributions in the areas of the sociology of religion , the sociology of knowledge and the methodology of qualitative social research , in particular the videography he helped develop.


academic career

After graduating from high school in 1978, Hubert Knoblauch studied sociology, philosophy and history at the Universities of Konstanz and Brighton until 1985 . After an employment as an assistant at the University of Sankt Gallen in the same year and a research stay at the Sorbonne in Paris (IV) in 1987, he worked from 1987 to 1990 as a research assistant at the University of Konstanz. There he did his doctorate in 1989 under Thomas Luckmann . After a research stay at the University of Berkeley in California (1990–91), he worked as a research assistant at the University of Konstanz and had lectureships in Bern, Zurich and Prague. In 1994 he completed his habilitation at the University of Konstanz.

Research stays at the University of Nottingham (1996), the London School of Economics (1996–97) and King's College in London (1997–1998) and a visiting professorship at the University of Vienna (1998). From 1996 Knoblauch was a Heisenberg fellow of the German Research Foundation. In 2000 he was offered a professorship for the sociology of religion and religious studies at the University of Zurich . In 2002 he moved to a professorship for theories of modern societies in the field of general sociology at the Technical University of Berlin .

other activities

Hubert Knoblauch is spokesman for the “ Research Network Sociology of Culture ” of the European Sociological Association , a member of the council of the German Society for Sociology and from 2004 to 2012 was an elected member of the Social Sciences College of the German Research Foundation . He is head of the “Sociology” section of the Görres Society for the Care of Science and editor of the Social Science Treatises series of the Görres Society. In addition, he is the editor of various journals (" FQS ", "Human Studies", "Qualitative Research", "Religion and Society", "Sozialer sinn" and "Schuetzean Studies") as well as the editor of the series "Wissen, Kommunikation und Gesellschaft" im VS Verlag and Consulting Editor of the “Qualitative Sociology Review” series.

Content orientation

Contributions to sociological theory and methodology

The focus of Knoblauch's work lies in the sociology of knowledge, religion and communication, sociological theory and the qualitative methods of empirical social research. In the field of methods, his empirical and methodological developments in “videography” as well as the “focused ethnography” approach he developed should be mentioned. These methods are characterized by the use of modern video technology for ethnographically oriented data collection and the analysis of the resulting video material. Knoblauch further developed the contribution of his former teacher Thomas Luckmann to the sociology of religion. Contrary to the secularization thesis, Knoblauch also emphasizes the continuing importance of religion, which in his view no longer retreated into the private sphere and became "invisible", as Luckmann still assumed, but on the contrary took on public forms and became a "popular religion" developed. Religious institutions still play a role, but spirituality, which Knoblauch was one of the first to deal with in his work, is also becoming popular. In addition, he dealt with the topic of death and dying in contemporary society in several of his research projects and publications. One of Knoblauch's central fields of work includes the further development of a theoretical approach based on the sociology of knowledge, social constructivism . He belongs to a group of sociologists who, based on the “ Social Construction of Reality ”, a work by the sociologists Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann, have been working on the development of a new sociological theory since the early 1990s: communicative constructivism . This shifts the focus from knowledge and language to embodied, performative and objectivized communicative action. This shift is related to the development of methodological approaches to an empirical sociology of knowledge, the aim of which is to make the social construction of reality visible to us humans and to describe social reality as the result of communicative actions.

Research priorities


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Hubert Knoblauch's homepage on the TU Berlin website URL: Archived copy ( memento of the original from January 3, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. See: Knoblauch, Hubert (2001): Focused Ethnography: Sociology, Ethnology and the New Wave of Ethnography, in: Sozialer Sinn 2 (1)
  3. See: Luckmann, Thomas (1991): The Invisible Religion. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.
  4. See: Knoblauch, Hubert (2009): Popular Religion. Frankfurt am Main / New York: Campus.
  5. ↑ For example here: Knoblauch, Hubert (2006): Sociology of Spirituality, in: Karl Baier (ed.): Handbuch Spiritualität. Approaches, traditions, interreligious processes. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, pp. 91–111.
  6. See e.g. B. Knoblauch, Hubert; Esser, Andrea; Gross, Dominik and Brigitte Tag (2010): Death, Dead Body and Section. On changing the way we deal with death in contemporary society, in: Knoblauch, Hubert; Esser, Andrea; Gross, Dominik; Tag, Brigitte and Antje Kahl (eds.): Death, the dead body and the clinical section. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 11-42.
  7. Cf. Keller, Rainer; Knoblauch, Hubert and Jo Reichertz (2013): Communicative constructivism as a continuation of social constructivism - an introduction to the volume. In this. Communicative constructivism. Theoretical and empirical work on a new sociological approach. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, pp. 9–21, here in particular p. 11f.