Prof. Dr. Stefan Hirschauer

Spokesperson of AG1 and DFG-FG 1939

Institute of Sociology
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Jakob-Welder-Weg 12
Room 03-455
55128 Mainz

Tel: +49 6131 39-20377
Fax: +49 6131 39-23728

SoCuM Project: Gender Differentiation and Un/differentiation in the Process of Becoming a Parent (Subproject within the scope of DFG Research Group FG 1939 Un/doing Differences: Practices of Human Differentiation, established in 2013)

This project examines the inner life of gender differentiation – doing and undoing gender – at a specific point in a relationship: becoming a parent during pregnancy. The pregnancy, in general, is a key point in gender differentiation in couples, namely as a phase in their return to the traditional role. However, even amidst such strong cultural conditioning, micro-social opportunities for gender un-differentiation may arise. The project examines the hypothesis that the classification of relevance of gender varies substantially, according to the lifestyle and sociotechnical nature of the pregnancy. Therefore, we work with contrasting cases using a theoretical sample of 5 couple variants: couples with traditional work division, post traditional couples, lesbian couples, medically assisted pregnancies and so-called ‘pregnant men’. While the latter subproject is confined to discourses of the mass media, the other 4 will be followed in medical and popular science discourses, in private narratives and protocols, in anonymous communication between similarly affected people, as well as in the circumstantial practices of expectant parents.

Research Interests
Theory of Practice, Qualitative Methods and Sociology of Knowledge, the Body and Gender Difference

Academic Background
Stefan Hirschauer has been Professor for Sociological Theory and Gender Studies at Mainz University since 2006. Before that, he was Professor for Sociology and Gender Studies at Munich University, LMU. He was Visiting Scholar at the Department for Science Studies of Cor­nell University und Guest Professor at the Institute for Sociology at Vienna University and at Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation in Paris. Stefan Hirschauer was Heisenberg-fellow of DFG and assistant Professor at the faculty for Sociology at Bielefeld Unviersity. 1998 he received his Habilitation, 1991 his Ph.D. qualification in Bielefeld, where he in 1985 also received his Diploma in Sociology. 1991 he gained the Mullins-Award of the Society for Social Studies of Science. Between 1990–1999 Stefan Hirschauer was editor of German Jounral for Sociology (Zeitschrift für Soziologie).

Publications (Top 5)

Intersituativität. Teleinteraktionen und Koaktivitäten jenseits von Mikro und Makro. Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Sonderheft ‚Interaktion, Organisation und Gesellschaft’.
Editorial Judgments. A Praxeology of ‘Voting’ in Peer Review. Social Studies of Science 40.  P.71-103.
Putting Things into Words. Ethnographic Writing and the Silence of the Social. Human Studies: A Journal for Philosophy and the Social Sciences 29. P. 413 – 441.
On Doing Being a Stranger. The Practical Constitution of Civil Inattention. The Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior 35. P. 41 – 67.
Das Vergessen des Geschlechts. Zur Praxeologie einer Kategorie sozialer Ordnung. In B. Heintz (ed.): Geschlechtersoziologie. Sonderheft 41 der Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie. P. 208-235.