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PD Dr. Jürgen Schraten


Specialised in economic sociology, sociology of law, and social theory, I am principal investigator of the project Eigentum und Vertrag in der Besicherung finanzialisierter Alltagsökonomie ('The role of property and contract in collateralising the financialised everyday economy'), funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. The project is hosted at the Department of Sociology, University of Giessen, and will run until March 2020.

System matters

The modern economy is legally embedded and interconnects actors in a complex web of monetary communication channels. However, these relationships are mostly theorized as systems, a concept with a variety of meanings attached to it. My research project analyses how monetary communication processes that are stretched over time and space are established in the first place. In other words, it is systems empiricism, studying how people establish and safeguard relationships that can be conceptualised as systems retrospectively.


05/2017 Doctor habilitatus Soziologie (sociology)

  • Thesis Credit and Debt in an Unequal Society. Establishing a Consumer Credit Market in South Africa
  • Lecture The German debate on 'Lügenpresse' (lying press) as a problem of democratic deliberation

12/2006 Doctor rerum socialum

  • Thesis Die kollektive Erinnerung von Staatsverbrechen: eine qualitative Diskursanalyse über die parlamentarische Bewertung der SED-Diktatur

06/1998 Magister Artium Politikwissenschaft (political science)

  • Thesis Der politische Umgang mit der Globalsteuerung in der BRD 1973-76

Work experience

  • since 03/2014 Scientific assistant and substitute professorship (04-09/2016), Department of Sociology, University of Gießen
  • 03/2012 — 02/2014 Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Pretoria
  • 04/2008 — 02/2012 Scientific assistant and substitute professorship (04-09/2011), Department of Sociology, University of Gießen
  • 10/1998 — 03/2008 Scientific assistant of a MP, Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament)

Recent publications

  • Schraten, Jürgen 2017: Alternative Theoretisierungen von Marktwirtschaften, in Stephan Lessenich (ed.), Geschlossene Gesellschaften, Verhandlungen des 38. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Bamberg 2016. Available here.
  • Schraten, Jürgen 2017: Die Klammerung der Energiewende in Webportalen. In Sebastian Giacovelli (ed.), Die Energiewende aus wirtschaftssoziologischer Sicht, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, pp. 181-202.
  • Schraten, Jürgen 2016: Credit as a Source of Debts and Wealth. Przegląd Socjologiczny 65(3): 81-110.
  • Schraten, Jürgen 2015: Habits of Austerity, Financialization and New Ways of Dealing with Money, in Keith Hart (ed.), Economy For and Against Democracy, New York, NY: Berghahn, pp. 19-37.
  • Heuer, Jan-Ocko and Jürgen Schraten 2015: Finanzialisierung des Alltags als Herausforderung für den Sozialstaat. In Zeitschrift für Sozialreform 61(3): 229-238.


  • Schraten, Jürgen 2011: Zur Aktualität von Jan Assmann. Einleitung in sein Werk. Aus der Reihe: Aktuelle und Klassische KulturwissenschaftlerInnen, herausgegeben von Stephan Moebius. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.
  • Schraten, Jürgen 2007: Die kollektive Erinnerung von Staatsverbrechen. Eine qualitative Diskursanalyse über die parlamentarische Bewertung der SED-Diktatur. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag.

Memberships and support

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS, German Sociological Association)
  • Associate of the Human Economy Programme, University of Pretoria
  • Sektion Wirtschaftsoziologie der DGS (Economic Scoiologists of the DGS)
  • Sektion Politische Soziologie der DGS (Political Sociologists of the DGS)
  • Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW, trade union)
  • Fritz-Bauer-Institute Frankfurt (Study- and Documentation Centre on the History and Impact of the Holocaust)
  • Pro Asyl
  • Amnesty International

Rome wasn't burnt in a day.

[1] Usually it's called a business card but science is not a market. Scientific statements don't get scarce by accessing them synchronously, and demand doesn't define their truth and value. Unfortunately, this has to be emphasised these days.