Rodrigo Jokisch

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Rodrigo Jokisch (* 1946 in Neumünster ) is a German sociologist .


His parents emigrated to El Salvador (Central America) the year he was born . He grew up there until he was sixteen. After graduating from high school in Central America, he returned to Germany and attended the state boarding school at Schloss Plön . There he made up the German Abitur and then began studying social sciences at the Ruhr University in Bochum . He finished his sociology studies in 1974 at the Free University of Berlin . In 1977 he began to work as a research assistant in the Department of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, and the History of Science and Technology at the Technical University of Berlin . In 1981 he switched to the sociology department of the same university. Until 1987 he was a research assistant there. He received his doctorate in sociology at the TU Berlin in 1993 and habilitated there in 1999. Since 1999 Jokisch has been professor for “Theory and History of Society” at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México , UNAM . Since 2006 he has held a professorship for sociology of technology at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.


In his work, Jokisch strives for a consistent theory of society, whereby both the observation and the discourse aspect are included. Four areas, “systems” or “practices” constitute his social theory: sociality , individuality , affectivity and corporeality . Be paid to communication , decision and action as active forms of society, while structure , function and social evolution are to be regarded as passive forms. The active forms, in turn, produce both intended and unintended consequences. Institutions are usually the result of unintended consequences of communication, decision and action.

Fonts (selection)

  • Determinants of technical development. Structural models in historiography of industrialization in Europe (co-author), Berlin: TUB, 1980.
  • El Salvador. Freedom struggles in Central America. Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador , Reinbek: Rowohlt, 1981.
  • Man-being. Identity crisis and role-finding of men today , Reinbek: Rowohlt, 1982.
  • Technology-Sociology , Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, ​​1982.
  • Approach attempts (between men and women) , Reinbek: Rowohlt, 1984.
  • Logic of distinctions. On the protologics of a theory of society (1993) , Westdeutscher Verlag: Opladen ²1996.
  • Metodología de las Distinciones . Juan Pablos: UNAM, 2002.

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