Theodor Geiger Archive

Theodor Geiger Archive

Theodor Geiger

"For all stainings of dogmatists was Geiger undoubtedly an unpleasant and annoying fellow, because he was incorruptible and loved clear (if sometimes seemingly aggressive) words ... That he has frequently been cited or discussed as little needs to deeply worry the knowledgeable observer, because it shows that the ideologues in the sociology still have the upper hand. " (König, quoted by Geissler / Pöttker. 1987: 320f.).


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The Theodor Geiger Archive

The "Theodor Geiger Archive" is a social sciences archive, whose mission is to document the life and work of the sociologist Theodor Geiger, to preserve it for science and society and work with it.

Theodor Geiger (1891 - 1952) studied law and political science in Munich and Würzburg. In 1928 he was appointed to a newly created professorship of sociology at the former Technical University of Braunschweig.

The Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Technology is home today, thanks to the work of the former chair holder Siegfried Bachmann, for a bundle of copies of documents, testimonies and essays from the life and work of the first sociologist of Braunschweig.
The originals, which are available as copy in the archive, are located in the "Det Kongelige Bibliotek" in Denmark, where Geiger, after his escape from Nazi Germany, became the first official professor of sociology at the University of Aarhus in Denmark.

On the timeliness of the classic

Geiger is the founder of stratification analysis. Groundbreaking was mainly his first representative statistical study of German society, which he published in 1932 as "The social stratification of the German people." The problems of class society, social stratification and social mobility Geiger dedicated nearly 40 publications. Through its connection to the economic characteristics of the social structure with individual psychological feelings, he coined a stratification model, which is still able to connect.