September 2023: FReDA Autumn School

FReDA – The German Family Demography Panel Study in cooperation with Interdisciplinary Public Policy (IPP) Mainz will host a 3-day workshop for interested users of the FReDA data at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. This study collects data about the living situations of partnerships and families in Germany over a prolonged and continuous period of time. At this workshop, learn more about FReDA from members of the project team and take advantage of the chance to work directly with the data!

You can find the preliminary programme here.

Advanced bachelor’s and master’s students, doctoral students, and postdocs with a knowledge of Stata are welcome to participate. Participants will have to cover the cost of lunch and dinner. Register to attend via The deadline to apply is 30 June 2023 and places are limited. This workshop is supported by the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB) and JGU Mainz.

If you have any questions, please contact

What is FReDA? FReDA – The German Family Demography Panel Study is an interdisciplinary, long-term study about families and partnerships in Germany. Participants are between the ages of 18 and 49. Twice a year, FReDA surveys its participants and their partners. Data from the recruitment wave are now available for free for scientific and non-commercial purposes. This includes completed surveys from over 37,000 participants. Beginning in this summer, data from the complete first wave and the partner survey will also be available. More information about the study is available on the FReDA website.

July 2019: ALLBUS-Prize for Katharina Kunißen, Debora Eicher and Gunnar Otte

Katharina Kunißen, Debora Eicher and Gunnar Otte were awarded with the ALLBUS-Prize 2019 for their publication "Social status and cultural taste: A critical comparison of empirical tests of the omnivore-univore thesis" (German language). The paper investigates Richard A. Peterson's thesis that educated tastes have undergone a historical change and that high-status groups incorporate popular genres in their taste repertoire next to high culture interests. According to his thesis, inclusive, "omnivorous" taste patterns serve as the new basis of distinction vis-à-vis limited, "univorous" tastes in socially mobile, globalized societies. Drawing on musical genre preferences from the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS) 2014, the paper investigates this thesis in the so far most comprehensive way for Germany. In particular, the study demonstrates how different strategies of defining, operationalizing and analyzing omnivorous tastes produce varying empirical results.

See article

See ALLBUS-Prize

September 2017: Affiliation to JGU research unit "Interdisciplinary Public Policy"

The working group of social stratification research has joined the research unit "Interdisciplinary Public Policy" (IPP) at Johannes Gutenberg-University. In a collaborative effort of colleagues from various disciplines, the IPP analyses the effects of public institutions on human behavior, social cohesion and social inequalities.

April 2017: Katharina Kunißen selected for the Gutenberg Academy

We are pleased to announce that Katharina Kunißen has been selected as one of 12 new junior members of the Gutenberg Academy for Young Researchers. The Gutenberg Academy supports JGU’s best young researchers and young artists in the development of their professional careers in the arts and sciences. The Academy’s central focus is on the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, individual development and networking.

Press release

December 2016: New research project: "Cultural Education and Cultural Participation in Germany"

The aim of the project is the description and explanation of current patterns of cultural participation in Germany based on a standardized face-to-face survey of the German speaking population over the age of fifteen. The study wishes to answer the question why people differ with regard to their cultural preferences and cultural activities according to social class, age, gender, ethnicity and region.
The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

More information

Conference Report in Soziopolis
Spring Conference February 25th/26th, 2016

On February 25th/26th, 2016 the Spring conference of the DGS-Section "Social Stratification and Inequality" took place at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. The topic was "Social Stratification and Culture". Organisation: Gunnar Otte (JGU Mainz) and Peter A. Berger (University of Rostock).

Final Program

January 2015: Co-Editorship for ZfS

Since January 2015 Gunnar Otte has been co-editor for the "Zeitschrift für Soziologie":

January 2015: Death of Alexander Schulze

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We mourn our valued colleague, Dr. Alexander Schulze, who passed away very unexpectedly on January 14th, 2015. He was a research fellow at the Institute of Sociology at the Johannes Gutenberg-University since 2005, first with Prof. Dr. h.c. Stefan Hradil, later with Prof. Dr. Peter Preisendörfer and Prof. Dr. Gunnar Otte.

We will greatly miss Alexander personally and professionally. We offer our sincere condolences to his wife and his family.