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Working papers at the Department of Sociology

The aim of the Working Paper series, initiated by the Rising Scholars project, is to provide an opportunity for researchers and students to publish their research results and to improve them through critical scholarly discussion.

Scientists affiliated with the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna may submit the following contributions:

·         Unpublished manuscripts:
Unpublished scientific papers or unpublished written talks. We are interested in empirical, theoretical, basic or applied research.

·         Student theses:
Summaries of theses or excellent chapters

·         Opinion pieces on current socio-political developments:
Essays on current issues from a sociological perspective

The paper submitted will be anonymised and reviewed. After resubmitting the revised paper, it will be published online (open access) on our website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at workingpapers.soziologie@univie.ac.at.

We look forward to your submission.

The Editorial Team

Cornelia Schadler &
Mirjam Pot

Guidelines for submission

IfS Working Paper 01/2016

Bildung im Dritten Lebensalter.
[Educational activities in “third age”.]

Anna Wanka und Vera Gallistl

In contemporary societies, social roles of older adults have become more flexible and fluid. Especially retirement has evolved from a life-stage of disengagement from working life to one of active leisure time and self-fulfillment. In this “third age”, educational activities can strengthen identity management and social inclusion after working life. However, educa-tional chances over the entire life-course are highly structured by social inequalities. Does this also apply to education after working life? Social inequalities in seniors’ education have rarely been discussed by educational research. The paper examines unequal chances for participation and educational barriers after working life. Presenting empirical data of the fifth wave of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE, 2013), this pa-per examines decreasing participation rates in seniors’ education in regard to social ine-qualities within older adults. It becomes apparent that decreasing participation in seniors’ education is not so much influenced by biological age but educational status and subjective health. Serving as a “window of opportunity” for educational activities after working life, special attention is given to the transition into retirement in combination with practical forms of learning.

PDF (in German)


IfS Working Paper 02/2016

Woher man kommt, wohin man geht.
Junge IndustriearbeiterInnen in Österreich.

[On becoming an being a blue-collar worker in Austria]
Carina Altreiter


Looking at public debates it seems to be common sense nowadays that everything is possible for the younger generation. Compared to their parents and grandparents Young people are free to choose their way of life out of multiple options and are no longer bound to the limits of social class. But also in social sciences socio-economic factors, like class background, forfeit their relevance in the light of a growing popularity of the Individualisation thesis. The paper draws on the theoretical framework of Pierre Bourdieu to explore the lives of three young industrial workers and show how social class and the habitus structure working-life trajectories but also the meaning ascribed to work.

PDF (in German)

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