Hugo Maier

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Hugo Maier (born June 2, 1953 ; † March 1, 2011 ) was a German social work scientist and professor of social work at the Catholic University of North Rhine-Westphalia; Cologne department .

life and work

Maier studied social work at the University of Applied Sciences for Social Work in Bamberg and at the Siegen University . He completed his internship at the Psychiatric State Hospital in Zwiefalten . In addition, he studied pedagogy at the Fernuniversität Hagen , later at the University of Bamberg . Dipl. Educator, he became head of the Caritas district office in Saulgau and was passing at the University of Tübingen Dr. of Social Sciences (Dr. rer. soc.) PhD . The topic of his dissertation was: Community clubs for the mentally ill. A study of extra-stationary groups for the mentally ill in Upper Swabia . The thesis dealt with

"With an alternative to the previous practice of treating the mentally ill, which in Gros usually were left to themselves after discharge from psychiatric hospitals to country. Family members and, in a broader sense, the municipalities were and are affected by mental illnesses. Behind the [...] investigation is the intention to elicit within a limited region, the practices with which participants are confronted, who meet in clubs that were initiated for former psychiatric patients. The aim is to show the differentiated biographical, individual, social and cultural living conditions in which the club participants are involved. It will not be allowed to just take stock. Approaches and efforts that are made by the club participants in order to cope with problem structures are therefore also shown. "

After completing his doctorate, he was appointed professor of social work at the then Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Cologne . There he had researched and taught until his unexpected death.

With the publication of the standard work Who is Who of Social Work , he closed a historical gap within social work and its scientific neighboring disciplines. The publication included women and men who displayed at least one of the following characteristics:

  • a) Theorists of social work
  • b) Social work reformers
  • c) Founders of social organizations, institutions and associations
  • d) Responsible in management positions

In addition, he published a biography of the welfare scientist Hans Scherpner and published essays and larger papers on a variety of topics and questions as well as on the theory and history of social work.

Works (selection)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Maier 1987, p. 12 f.
  2. Maier 1998, p. 16.