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General Sociology - Profile


Prof. Dr. Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez holds the chair in General Sociology at the Institute of Sociology

The team of the chair in General Sociology

Here you can access current and past projects as well as to selected publications of the team.

*** For Students ***

Here (German only) you can find information about good academic practice for the courses offered by the team for General Sociology.

The chair in General Sociology hosts the "Research Network in Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminisms, and Cultural Transformation".



The area of General Sociology in the Institute of Sociology at the Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, introduces students to Sociology through a feminist, critical race and decolonial perspective. The Sociology canon is related to its global historical and epistemological context of emergence, juxtaposing European modernity with coloniality, enslavement and imperialism. Theoretically, the area takes up the traditions of Critical Theory, Feminist and Queer Theory, Epistemologies of the South, Critical Migration and Racism Studies through its thematic focus on diverse topics such as, migration, asylum, minoritization, labour, culture, power, hegemony, gender and sexuality.

Thus far, research projects have been developed on affect and labour, cities, transculturation and conviviality, institutional racism, undocumented migration and precarity.

Postgraduate research is currently being conducted on racism, labour and migration in Germany, European solidarity movements and decoloniality, refugee strikes and Marcuse, belonging and material culture, queer-feminist perspectives in quantitative research, New Feminisms and postmigrational Pop-Culture, and Latin-American migration, the labour market and citizenship in Spain. Methodologically these studies engage with ethnography and qualitative social research, particularly discourse analysis, narrative, participatory, visual methods and urban ethnography.

Further, the area of General Sociology is active in the development of the Emerging Topic Research Group “Migration” in the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) and was one of the initiators of the research group “Migration and Human Rights” (FGMM).

Internationally, General Sociology has initiated research cooperations with the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad, and the University of Leeds. It is also in charge of the student and research exchange with the University of Salvador da Bahia and is a member of the MISEAL network, which enables exchanges between postgraduate programmes on inclusion and equal opportunities in Latin America and Europe.