Not so happy sociologists in Germany

08/01/2009 at 16:16 Leave a comment

The socbloggers are rather monothematic this week. Everyone is talking about their profession being ranked eighth out of 200 in an evaluation of the best and worst jobs. (And I mean everyone, see here, here, here, here, here, and here) I will not speculate on what that says about sociologists’ self-confidence.

In Germany, however, that list would most likely look quite different. Job satisfaction as a sociologist might be lower if one of the possible outcomes of job performance is criminalization, jail time, and accusations of terrorism. German sociologist Andrej Holm is still charged with membership in a terrorist association on the grounds of publishing academically on the subject of gentrification. (more here and here. In German also here and here)

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