Wouter Ultee (University Nijmegen)
Wout Ultee, born 1946, defended a Ph. D. on Progress and Stagnation in Sociology in 1977 at Utrecht University, and held from 1987 to 2011 the chair of general and theoretical sociology at the Radboud University Nijmegen. During his career he developed the idea that cohesion, inequality and rationalization form sociology’s main questions, showing which theories answer them, and how they fare in research. By way of archival documents, administrative statistics, secondary analysis of stacked-cross-sectional data-sets and newly-collected quantitative life-histories, he studied topics ranging from suicide as influenced by individual religion and the religious composition of a person’s place of residence, differences between Dutch municipalities in the percent of Jews who survived World War 2, career peaks, education as a positional good, educational mobility over three generations, who marries whom as far as education and religion goes, leaving church in the Netherlands, and religious upbringing and acceptance of evolutionism as an adult.
In the envisaged book Paradigms and Problem Shifts in Sociology I reflect upon 40 years of research and teaching. I address the sorry state of contemporary sociology as described by Goldthorpe, Hedström and Swedborg, and go beyond offering strategies for integration of theory and research. I do so by displaying older and recent changes in sociology’s three main problems (cohesion, inequality and rationalization), and by presenting several multilayered propositions, that is, various theories rich in content that solve these overarching problems and answer their sub-questions.
Period of Stay: April - June 2018
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