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Thomas König

Thomas König

Dr. Thomas König

Department of Social Sciences
Loughborough University
Loughborough, LE11 3TU
United Kingdom

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Curriculum Vitae

Thomas received his Ph. D. in Social Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. He holds an M.A. from Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen He also studied at the University of California at San Diego and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Areas of Specialization

Online Papers

Conference Papers

Nationalization vs. Europeanization vs. Globalization of Issues that Should Belong to the European Public Sphere

Paper presented at the ESA Conference "New Directions in European Media" Aristotle University Thessaloniki, November 5-7, 2004.

Acrobat Document Routinizing Frame Analysis through the Use of CAQDAS

Paper presented at the Biannual RC-33 Meeting, Amsterdam, August 17-20, 2004.

Acrobat Document Reframing Frame Analysis

Systematizing the empirical identification of frames using qualitative data analysis software

Paper Presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 14-17, 2004.

On Frames and Framing: Anti-Semitism as Free Speech

Paper presented to Session PCR13 (Methods, Research, Concepts) at the IAMCR Annual Meeting, Porto Alegre, Brazil, July 25-30, 2004.

Patterns of Movement Recruitment

Why dense networks help recruitment to new social movements, but obstruct recruitment to the New Age movement

presented at the ASA Annual Meeting 1999

While most social movements recruit their members from dense, submerged networks, movements rooted in Middle America -- such as New Age and other marketed social movements -- recruit individuals who precisely lack an embeddedness in dense, emotionally gratifying networks. As a consequence of these differential recruitment patterns, Middle American movements do not contain grassroots groups. Such grassroots groups have significantly contributed to the successful production of collective action by new social (and to a lesser extent poor people's) movements.

Stiftung Volkswagenwerk and Ford Foundation or STATA Corporation and SPSS, Inc.: Who Rules Sociology?

A Supply-Side Driven Critique of the Discipline´s Segmentation

presented at the ASA Annual Meeting 1999

Genesis and consequences of sociology´s segmented differentiation are discussed. It is argued that sociology´s current differentiation is not a result of theoretical considerations, but instead has been largely determined by social developments. In particular, social movements have increased their grip on sociological theory, as many activist scholars have a greater allegiance to their movement than to the academy. The commercialization of sociological literature has put some additional extra-scientific pressures on the discipline. As a consequence, sociology has become organizationally proliferated along lines that have little to do with intra-disciplinary developments. This dysfunctional segmentation has led to a weakening of sociology towards other extra-disciplinary influences. Namely, particularly in so-called «quantitative sociology,» a growing dependency on commercial enterprises in the fields of data collection and data analysis can be observed.

From Organziation to Identity

The Case of the New Age movement

presented at the MSS Annual Meeting 1998

The quality of the relationship between the organization of a social movement and its collective identity is still largely unexplored. The central hypothesis of this essay posits that resource poor movements enjoying little institutional support are likely to develop universalistic and traditionally coded collective identities, while movements whose members command considerable amounts of tangible resources and cultural capital tend to develop primordially coded identities. The plausibility of this hypothesis is illustrated with the cases of the New Age and feminist movements.


Winter Semester 2002/03 (University of Göttingen)

Theory and Methodology of International Comparative Research

What a Lousy Study! Rubbish! Goodness Criteria in Social Research

Summer Semester 2002 (University of Göttingen)

Acrobat Document Deutsch Social Movements (in German)

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