The Field of the Social Sciences in Germany: Recruitment Practices and Social Closure

16 June 2021, 2.00 PM - 16 June 2021, 3.00 PM

Maria Keil

Visiting researcher Maria Keil will present her doctoral work on German Academia. The abstract is below:

Even though higher education has been expanding for decades, academic careers are still socially selective. Quantitative data for German academia shows that the higher the academic position, the more socially exclusive the group obtaining that position. In light of the meritocratic paradigm that characterizes the academic field, the question arises how performance attributions are interwoven with social inequalities. My empirical field study of the social sciences in Germany tries to answer that question by investigating how social closure is produced and reproduced by gatekeepers through their promotion and recruitment practices. I show that recruitment practices and notions of performance vary across the field and that a mis-match of field and habitus creates potential social closure.

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