Chair´s Profil

The sociology of development and internationalizationdeals with processes of social change. Particular attention is paid to the analysis of contexts of action at the local level, but always with respect to trans-local and global contexts. Hence it is not just about development processes in single societies, but also about perspectives on social change in different contexts and with respect to others. Social processes that take place in different localities and regions, are the focus of attention.

In addition, the consideration of measures and objectives of national and international development policy presents an important component for the sociology of development. By studying paradigms and programs and their effect, the sociology of development works interdependly with other sociology fields and disciplines such as political science, economics or cultural and social anthropology .

Both theoretical and methodological approaches make it possible to understand the perspectives of different actors and logics of action. As part of the lesson appropriate methodological and theoretical approaches and perspectives are taught and practiced in order to research and prepare for work in unfamiliar cultural contexts.

At the Chair for Internationalization and the Sociology of Development of the Ruhr-University Bochum, the research focuses on development cooperation in conflict, ethnicity, identity and belonging, local perspectives on democratization and political change , migration and transnationalism, diaspora involvement in development and reconstruction, rural development and transformation of gender relations and gender systems. Regional focuses are South Asia, West Afrika, the Middle East, Europe and Central America.