Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie

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List of Papers (Total 79)

Polanyi: Classical Moral Economist or Pioneer Cultural Political Economist?

This article evaluates Polanyi’s work from two complementary theoretical perspectives: moral economy and cultural political economy. Polanyi’s comparative historical analyses of substantive economies, their modes of distribution and the bases for their respective kinds of relative unity and stability, the rise of the market economy in and through its disembedding from more...

Karl Polanyi and the Law of Market Society

Karl Polanyi started his career as a doctor of law and practiced law for a while; but he did not become a legal scholar. As an economic historian, anthropologist, or sociologist, he was concerned with the relation of economy and society. But even though law is an important factor in mediating this relationship, Polanyi gave little attention to the law as such. As part of an...

Historicizing Karl Polanyi

Karl Polanyi’s book The Great Transformation has found great resonance in the social sciences in recent years—especially in sociology, political economy and political science. The interest in Polanyi among historians is still modest in comparison. There are not enough studies that treat Polanyi as an object of intellectual history/history of science, nor has Polanyi been used...

Commodity Studies with Polanyi: Disembedding and Re-Embedding Labour and Land in Contemporary Capitalism

This article aims to inform current debates in the field of transnational commodity studies through a Polanyian lens. Polanyi reminds us of the need to pay attention to the “double movements” in which fictitious commodities are disembedded from and re-embedded in society. We focus on two fictitious commodities, labour and land, which are conventionally treated as mere inputs for...

“Take Back Control!”

Right-wing populist revolt can be interpreted as an “ambivalox” movement of a Polanyian type, the following article argues. In order to classify populist revolt in this way, an ideal-typical distinction is made between market-critical and class movements. With the help of an empirical study that examines the world-views of employees with right-wing sympathies, the thesis is...

Doing Age in Kulturorganisationen – Ein praxeologischer Blick auf Altersbilder in der kulturellen Bildung

Demographic change not only prolongs life expectancy of individuals, it also changes the meaning of age and ageing itself. While old age was long characterized as a life-stage of social disengagement and health decline, European policies increasingly put an emphasis on active ageing, promoting the social and cultural engagement of older adults. Lifelong learning and cultural...

Völlig legal!? Rechtliche Rahmung und Legalitätsnarrative in der 24h-Betreuung in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz

Within the last decade, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland have witnessed the formation of transnational markets with a growing number of agencies brokering care workers from Central and Eastern European countries for around-the-clock elderly care. However, the current model of 24-hour care remains contested. Agencies are accused of acting in dishonest and exploitative ways; the...

Posted Workers in Österreich: Grenzüberschreitende Entsendearbeit im Spannungsfeld von offenen Märkten und (supra-)nationaler Regulierung

Since the opening of the labour market in 2011, Austria experienced a huge rise not only in individual migration but also in employer-led service mobility. This article examines the development and regulation of posted labour in the construction industry. It shows how an increase in worker posting met a demand for ‘flexible’ labour while also raising concerns about a race to the...

Marxistische Theoriearbeit in der Krise

The economic as well as political and ideological crises and transformations of capitalist social formations have created a crisis for Marxist approaches. This affects their assumption about the necessity, desirability and possibility of social transformation, but also about the actors fighting them out and their activities. Thus, a far reaching reformulation of its fundamental...

Marxism underground. Latent Marxism in Austrian empirical sociology

ZusammenfassungDie Entwicklung der Soziologie in Österreich ist im 20. Jahrhundert auf mehrfache Weise mit dem Marxismus verbunden. Zahlreiche SoziologInnen bezeichneten sich selbst als MarxistInnen und führten so zumindest subjektiv einen Marxismus „im Untergrund“ mit sich; andere grenzten sich in ihrem Verständnis scharf von marxistischen Positionen ab und versuchten (gerade in...

Zur Relevanz verschiedener Lebensbereiche für die Entstehung individueller Werthaltungen. Aktuelle Befunde für Österreich aus einer Mixed-Methods-Studie

This article explores the individual values and asks where and how they are formed. A current research project in Austria forms the basis for analysis, employing a mixed-methods design to focus on processes that develop and influence values. We use data from eight focus group discussions and a representative survey of 1519 Austrians. Previous empirical studies locate the...

The Restructuring of Wage-Setting Fields between Transnational Competition and Coordination

This article addresses the restructuring of wage-setting institutions in social services in Austria and Germany and seeks to better understand the forces shaping their changes and continuities. Social services include a wide range of services such as labour market policies or elderly care provided by state, private for- and non-profit organisations. Despite similar pressures...

Die Euroskeptizismus-Spirale: EU-Berichterstattung und Medien-Negativität

The role of public and media processes of mediation in shaping Eurosceptic attitudes and driving opposition to the EU has received relatively little attention in Euroscepticism research. In this article, we examine media coverage of the 2014 European Parliament election to analyse the role of the media in generating democratic legitimacy. By comparing Germany and the UK, we...

European Solidarity in Times of Crisis: Comparing Transnational Activism of Civic Organisations in Germany and Greece

Civil society organisations have been engaged in solidarity practices in various issue areas, both within their countries and beyond. This paper is interested in analysing whether and to what extent civic initiatives and organisations are involved in transnational solidarity activities within Europe. Moreover, it wishes to identify those factors that seem to promote or inhibit...

EASO—Support Office or Asylum Authority? Boundary Disputes in the European Field of Asylum Administration

With the establishment of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in 2010, a new collective actor entered the European asylum policy arena. Although the agency commands limited financial and personnel resources, and has no formal powers to directly interfere in the decision-making practices of asylum authorities across Europe, its mandate and reach of influence are a subject of...

Employed family carers in Austria

In this contribution, we investigate the relationships between paid and unpaid work in the lifeworlds of employed informal carers against the background of the Austrian long-term care regime. We pursue a twofold argument: On the one hand, we emphasize that combining paid and unpaid work currently poses serious difficulties for employed family carers in their everyday lives and...

Aktivierende Sozialpolitik zwischen Systemimperativ und Eigensinn: Eine Untersuchung der Effekte und Aneignungen der Bedarfsorientierten Mindestsicherung in Österreich

Der Beitrag untersucht die Effekte und Aneignungsformen aktivierender Sozialpolitik am Beispiel der Bedarfsorientierten Mindestsicherung in Österreich. Grundlage hierfür ist eine umfassende qualitative Studie auf Basis von narrativen Interviews mit Mindestsicherungsempfänger_innen und Berater_innen, die zwischen 2013 und 2015 erhoben wurden. „Aktivierung“ wird dabei als normative...

Vom antiimperialistischen Antizionismus zur aktuellen Boykottbewegung

In den letzten Jahren beschäftigt sich die deutschsprachige Antisemitismusforschung verstärkt mit „neuem“, israelbezogenem Antisemitismus und debattiert dabei die definitorische Frage nach der Grenze zwischen „legitimer Israelkritik“ und Ressentiment. Mein Text soll einen qualitativen Beitrag zur Analyse von israelbezogenem Antisemitismus leisten. Dazu illustriere ich...

Zwischen Absicherung, Abhängigkeit und Autonomie

Der Beitrag untersucht die Widersprüche, Unterschiede und Implikationen des Unterhaltsrechts und Unterhaltsprinzips im Ehe- und Familienrecht sowie in angrenzenden relevanten Rechtsbereichen. Er fokussiert dabei auf Österreich und zieht Vergleiche zur Situation in Schweden und Dänemark. Aufbauend auf einer Verbindung von soziologischen, politik- und rechtswissenschaftlichen...

„Wenn wir nicht mehr wachsen, wie verteilen wir dann um?“

Trotz der evidenten Auswirkungen des Klimawandels bzw. der aktuellen Klimapolitik auf das Feld der Arbeitswelt spielen Gewerkschaften als zentrale Akteure in diesem Bereich in den aktuellen sozial-ökologischen Debatten meist eine untergeordnete Rolle. Obwohl sich in Österreich kaum eine eigenständige gewerkschaftliche Klimapolitik erkennen lässt, zeigt sich, dass Gewerkschaften...

Von der sozialen Neuzusammensetzung zur gewerkschaftlichen Erneuerung? MigrantInnen als Zielgruppe der österreichischen Gewerkschaftsbewegung

The article deals with the question how organised labour in Austria has to change in order to successfully address migrant workers. To answer this research question we focus on supportive practices developed by Austrian trade unions and chambers of labour with respect to the specific needs and interests of migrants. The article argues that these supportive practices have to be...