Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Stefan Hradil

Wissensbereiche: Soziologie

I mainly analyse the development of Germany's social structure with theoretical and empirical means, also in an international comparison. In particular, I am concerned with population development, structures of social inequality, social milieus and lifestyles, as well as the lifestyle of singles. I try to publish and communicate the results of sociological research in a language that can be understood by all, so that practitioners from politics, business and associations can also benefit from them. Conversely, I try to ensure that sociological studies are also based on practical questions.


People know less than hoped for, but they are more able to judge than one fears.


Short Vita

From 1968 to 1974 I studied sociology, political science and Slavic philology at the University of Munich. In 1979 I received my doctorate (Dr. phil.) with the dissertation "Die Erforschung der Macht". My habilitation was completed in 1985 with the study "Sozialstrukturanalyse in einer fortgeschrittenen Gesellschaft. From classes and strata to situations and milieus". I held my first professorship at the University of Bamberg in 1990/91. From 1991 to 2011 I was Professor of Sociology at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. The University of Economics in Budapest awarded me an honorary doctorate in 1994. From 1995 to 1998 I was chairman of the German Sociological Association (DGS). Since 2006 I have been a member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz, since 2013 its Vice President.

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