Prof. Dr. Stephan Lessenich

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The German Sociological Association (GSA) is a non-profit organization, which has as its aims the articulation of sociological problems, the furtherance of scholarly communication amongst its members, and the participation in the dissemination and deepening of sociological knowledge. The DGS participates in the clarification of questions, having to do with sociology as a discipline, as well as with the study of this discipline. Beyond this it cultivates contacts with sociology abroad. The DGS conducts the "DGS Congress" at two year intervals. In recent years these congresses had an attendance going into the thousands. Papers that have been delivered in this forum during the last nine decades have been published and are available in compiled volumes.

The DGS is a representation of scholarly qualified sociologists in Germany. Current membership exceeds 1600. Just about four fifth of all German sociologists with a doctroal degree belong to this organization. Membership is open to all persons who have demonstrated sociological competence, be it through their research, their achievements in teaching, or thier publications. As a rule competence is demonstrated by having a doctoral degree in sociology.

The GSA was founded in 1909. Founding fathers were, among others, such sociological pioneers as Ferdinand Tönnies, Max Weber, and Georg Simmel. Sociological conferences were already conducted on a regular basis during the Weimar Republic. During the Nazi period activities came to an abrupt end. In 1946 the DGS was revived again. Since than it has grown from a small club of eminent scholars into a large academic organization. Since the first sociological congress, which met in 1910 in Frankfurt, 32 further congresses have been held. Concerns, specific to the period, determined the atmosphere of these congresses. Strong contradictions emerged during the 1968 student revolt. Throughout its entire existence the association has attempted to further with vigor the consolidation of sociology in teaching and research. Even today this constitutes the main concern of the association. The members have formulated for themselves a code of ethics. This code provides guidelines for more integrity within the sociological profession.

The organizational tasks of the DGS are performed by the president, the executive and by special research sections. The council constitutes the parliamentary control mechanism. Elections take place at two years intervals. Up till now 36 sections have been formed within the major fields of sociological research. Every year these conduct numerous conferences. As a rule the deliberation of these conferences are made in published form.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Stefan Hradil

updated by Prof. Karl-Siegbert Rehberg, July 2005


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