In Conversation with Hans Joas

This interview provides important insights into Prof. Hans Joas's personal as well as academic life.
Sarbeswar Sahoo and Hans Joas

Interviewed by Dr. Sarbeswar Sahoo

Hans Joas, a German sociologist and social theorist, is Permanent Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany and a Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, where he also belongs to the influential interdisciplinary Committee on Social Thought. In conversation with Dr. Sarbeswar Sahoo, Joas explains how he got into the discipline of Sociology and what has motivated him all these years.

This interview provides important insights into Joas's personal as well as academic life. Sahoo asks him about his early education, his Catholic working class background, his motivation for studying sociology, and his work on Historical Sociology and Sociological Theory, particularly on George Herbert Mead and American Pragmatism.

Joas today is one of the most influential social theorists in Germany and has written extensively on Sociological Theory, Communitarianism and Pragmatism, Creativity of Action, Religion and Secularism, and War and Modernity. In addition to explaining his work, this Interview Joas also explains the state of German Sociology in current context.

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