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 Researchers at the MPI for the Study of Societies

Prof. Dr. Jens Beckert

Prof. Dr. Jens Beckert
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Paulstr. 3 | 50676 Cologne | Germany
Phone: +49 221 2767-208
Fax: +49 221 2767-418

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Research Interests

Role of the economy in society, especially based on the study of markets; organizational sociology; sociology of inheritance; sociological theory

Research Projects

Project area "Sociology of Markets"

Selected Publications

Beckert, Jens, and Lisa Suckert. 2020. "The Future as a Social Fact: The Analysis of Perceptions of the Future in Sociology." Poetics, published online December 9, 2020.  
Beckert, Jens. 2019. "Markets From Meaning: Quality Uncertainty and the Intersubjective Construction of Value." Cambridge Journal of Economics, Published online August 16, 2019.  
Beckert, Jens, and Richard Bronk (eds.). 2018. Uncertain Futures: Imaginaries, Narratives, and Calculation in the Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.  
Beckert, Jens. 2018. Imaginierte Zukunft: Fiktionale Erwartungen und die Dynamik des Kapitalismus. Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp.  
Beckert, Jens, and Matías Dewey (eds.). 2018. The Architecture of Illegal Markets: Towards an Economic Sociology of Illegality in the Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.  
Beckert, Jens. 2016. Imagined Futures: Fictional Expectations and Capitalist Dynamics. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.  
Beckert, Jens. 2017. "Die Historizität fiktionaler Erwartungen. MPIfG Discussion Paper 17/8. Köln: Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung.  
Beckert, Jens, Jörg Rössel, and Patrick Schenk. 2017. "Wine as a Cultural Product: Symbolic Capital and Price Formation in the Wine Field." Sociological Perspectives 60 (1): 206-222.  
Beckert, Jens. 2013. Erben in der Leistungsgesellschaft. Frankfurt a.M.: Campus.  
Beckert, Jens. 2013. "Imagined Futures: Fictional Expectations in the Economy." Theory and Society 42 (3): 219-240.  
Beckert, Jens. 2011. "Where Do Prices Come From? Sociological Approaches to Price Formation." Socio-Economic Review 9 (4): 757-786.
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since 2005 Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
since 2005 Member of the Faculty of Economics and Social Science, University of Cologne
2003-2005 Professor of Sociology at the University of Göttingen
2003 Habilitation in sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin
2002-2003 Associate Professor of Sociology at the International University Bremen
1996 Dr. phil. in sociology, Freie Universität Berlin
1993-2002 Various research positions at Freie Universität Berlin, Princeton University and Harvard University
1991; 1993 MA in Sociology from the New School for Social Research; MBA at the Freie Universität Berlin


Professional Activities (Selected)

Consulting Editor, Historical Social Research  
Editor, European Journal of Sociology  
Editorial boards of the journals Socio-Economic Review, Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, Geschichte und Gesellschaft, and Economic Sociology: European Electronic Newsletter

Awards and Honors (Selected)

2019: Theodor Heuss Professor, New School for Social Research, New York  
2018: Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; German Research Foundation)  
2010 : Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities  
2008: First Prize of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for Articles in the Social Sciences in 2007 for: Jens Beckert/Mark Lutter, "Wer spielt, hat schon verloren? Zur Erklärung des Nachfrageverhaltens auf dem Lottomarkt" (Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 59, 2, 240-270, 2007)  
Oct. 2007-Jan. 2008: Fernand Braudel Fellow, European University Institute, Florence  
2005: Best Law Book of the Year, awarded by Neue Juristische Wochenschrift for: Jens Beckert, "Unverdientes Vermögen" (Frankfurt a.M., Campus, 2004)  
2005: Prize of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Academy of Science, donated by the Commerzbank Stiftung

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