The Swiss Journal of Sociology was established in 1975 on the initiative of the Swiss Sociological Association. It is published three times a year with the support of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences.The journal is a multilingual voice for analysis and research in sociology. It publishes work on the theory, methods, practice, and history of the social sciences in English, French, or German.

News Library has vol. 42(2016) to current.

Recent Submissions

  • The Making of ADHD: A Comparative Content Analysis of Teachers’ and Doctors’ Worldviews

    Robin Dominik; Gemperle Michael; von Rhein Michael; Wieber Frank; Hotz Sandra (Sciendo, 2022-07-01)
    Little is known about how teachers and doctors make sense of ADHD. Drawing on a corpus of online accounts, we reconstructed their worldviews with a qualitative analysis. While both professional groups referred to a male troublemaker and to the German literary figure of the Fidgety Phil, they also expressed rival expert claims. Doctors represented the scientific authority in labeling and diagnosing ADHD, whereas teachers attached objective meaning to the medical judgement by pathologizing deviant behavior and justifying measures of control.
  • Paths to Radicalization: About Someone Who Does Not Believe and Yet Almost Moved out to Join the “Islamic State”

    Endres Jürgen (Sciendo, 2022-07-01)
    This article explores the question of which factors and dynamics lead also non-religious people to join the so-called “Islamic State”. The analysis starts with the biographical reconstruction of a radicalization process in Switzerland, the results of which are linked with sociological and socio-psychological explanations from the research on radicalization and extremism. The article shows that also in the field of “Islamic extremism” radicalization processes do not necessarily have to be ideologically or religiously underpinned, and that there are therefore doubts as to the comprehensive explanatory power of the religious paradigm.
  • Buchbesprechungen / Recensions critiques / Book Reviews

    Devillers-Pierson Aminata; Cattacin Sandro; Fois Marisa (Sciendo, 2022-07-01)
  • Reproducing the Gender Order in the Wake of Disasters. Revisiting a Case Study on a Mudslide Disaster in Austria

    Pfister Sandra Maria (Sciendo, 2022-07-01)
    While disasters are considered a rupture of the established gender order, they rarely result in its profound change. This paper contributes to a proper understanding of its perpetuation. It suggests to take a disaster as a framework for action that is symbolically shaped by gender expectations. Within this framework, the gender order is reproduced through practices that affirm and reinforce these expectations and, thus, impede the gender-neutralising potential of a practical deviation from these expectations. This is illustrated by revisiting 20 guided interviews from a case study on a mudslide disaster in Austria.
  • Socio-Judicial Intervention at the Risk of the Incident: Autopsy of an Administrative Investigation Report

    Lambelet Daniel (Sciendo, 2022-07-01)
    Against the backdrop of a strengthening of security concerns in the context of contemporary penalties (Feeley and Simon 1992; Garland 2001), this article takes as its subject the administrative investigation report written following a recent tragic incident in French-speaking Switzerland (“the Payerne drama”). It aims to analyse the discursive functioning of this document and the performative effects that the scripting of the production of security, organised therein, has on socio-judicial supervision practices.
  • “The First One to Pick up the Phone”: Forms of Recruitment for Low-Skilled Jobs

    Nadai Eva; Hübscher Robin (Sciendo, 2022-07-01)
    Based on a qualitative study on the employability of workers without vocational qualification in five different industries, this article examines hiring practices in the labour market segment of low-skilled jobs from a sociology of conventions perspective. In the absence of educational signals, employers use personal networks and trial workdays to reduce the uncertainty regarding the quality of job applicants. However, professional and technical intermediaries become more important, thus leading to the formalization of recruitment channels and valorisation.
  • Naïve or Persistent Optimism? The Changing Vocational Aspirations of Children of Immigrants at the Transition from School to Work

    Möser Sara (Sciendo, 2022-07-01)
    Children of immigrants are found to have higher aspirations than their native peers, despite lower educational outcomes and poor labour market opportunities. Analysing the development of aspirations shows that students with a migration background not only aim high while still in compulsory education, but also stay optimistic. This persistent optimism indicates that the high aspirations are not the result of a naïve misconception of labour market opportunities, but that the children of immigrants are inherently more ambitious than their native peers.
  • The Development of Informal Competences Between the End of Compulsory School and Early Adulthood

    Basler Ariane; Kriesi Irene (Sciendo, 2022-07-01)
    This study investigates whether the informal competencies effort, exertion, perseverance and volition develop differently among youth who enter firm- or school-based vocational education and training or general education tracks, which offer distinct socialisation environments. The results show that the analysed competencies increase considerably after entry into vocational education and training. Young people in general education show a delayed development and only increase their informal competencies after the age of 18 years.
  • When the Set of Known Opportunities Broadens: Aspirations and Imagined Futures of Undocumented Migrants Applying for Regularization

    Consoli Liala; Burton-Jeangros Claudine; Jackson Yves (Sciendo, 2022-07-01)
    This qualitative study describes the aspirations that led migrants to stay in Switzerland for more than 10 years in an irregular residence situation and how their aspirations are transformed with the implementation of a regularization program. The prospect of regularization allows undocumented migrants to project themselves more positively into the future. However, there are important differences between young adults, those with children in Switzerland, those living in transnational families, elderly migrants and single parents.
  • Legitimacy of Group-Specific Support for College Access – Results of an Experimental Vignette Study

    Hillmert Steffen; Bauer Viktoria; Engelhardt Sarah; Köstlmeier Lisa; Werner Viktoria (Sciendo, 2022-03-01)
    In an experimental vignette study, the respondents were asked to decide whether college applicants should be credited with a bonus or malus on the admission grade, for example due to their migration background, social origin, or effort. The results show that dimensions of social educational inequality tend to be considered in the direction of compensation. Hence, there is evidence of a certain legitimacy of measures in the sense of positive discrimination in university access.
  • Factorial Survey Experiments in the Sociology of Education. Potentials, Pitfalls, Evaluation

    Petzold Knut (Sciendo, 2022-03-01)
    The potentials and pitfalls of factorial survey experiments (FSE) are discussed for empirical tests of theoretical explanations in the sociology of education. The possibilities and limits of FSE are outlined in relation to the internal validity, construct validity, and external validity of the obtained results and illustrated using an example experiment on the decision of university students to study abroad. It is demonstrated that FSE are an enriching complement to laboratory and field experiments, and observational studies.
  • Experimental Research in Education: An Appraisal of the Italian Experience

    Abbiati Giovanni; Argentin Gianluca; Azzolini Davide; Ballarino Gabriele; Vergolini Loris (Sciendo, 2022-03-01)
    This work provides an assessment of the Italian experimental literature in the field of education. We review 25 RCTs completed between 2009 and 2020, analysing their alignment to the CONSORT guidelines. Our findings show that the scientific reporting is on average of good quality; however, there are areas where a significant improvement is needed. We suggest viable solutions, aimed at improving the robustness of experimental research in sociology, taking advantage from consolidated rigorous praxis developed in other disciplines.
  • Discrimination at the Crossroads? Evidence from a Factorial Survey Experiment on Teacher‘s Tracking Decisions

    Gilgen Sandra; Stocker Milan (Sciendo, 2022-03-01)
    Using a factorial survey experiment, we investigate whether teachers discriminate against lower class and minority children. The vignettes include information on the pupil’s gender, social and ethnic origin, academic potential, motivation, behaviour in class as well as parental educational aspirations. While the discrimination hypotheses are not supported, we find gender-specific effects of challenging behaviour, to the disadvantage of girls. Both the usefulness as well as potential pitfalls of the factorial survey approach are discussed.
  • Constructing Vocations. The Promotion of Vocations by Professional Associations

    Bürgi Regula; Kamm Chantal (Sciendo, 2022-03-01)
    Current research on the promotion of vocations focuses mainly on best practices of institutionalized vocational guidance as well as on individually constructed images of vocations. In contrast, this article deals with the question, how occupational associations – as collective actors – diffuse vocations and, thus, inscribe them into cultural memory. Based on the analysis of recruiting videos, the article identifies different promotion strategies, and sheds light on different thought patterns and exclusive mechanisms.
  • Home Street Home. Experiences of Homelessness in a City in French-Speaking Switzerland

    Martin Hélène; Bertho Béatrice; Bendjama Rebecca (Sciendo, 2022-03-01)
    In a city in western Switzerland (as in other cities), homeless people are targeted by three policies: a compassionate policy, specific to social emergency measures; a policy of repression; and, as far as residents are concerned, a traditional welfare policy. Based on accounts by homeless people, the article highlights their logics for using the night emergency system. It also shows how their vulnerabilities are produced by the simultaneous deployment of local, national, and European policies.
  • Editorial

    Diaz-Bone Rainer; Rössel Jörg (Sciendo, 2022-03-01)

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