Prof. Dr. Helmuth Berking
Professor for Sociology and Director of the Graduate School of Urban Studies URBANGrad

Darmstadt University of Technology
Institute for Sociology

Room 323
D - 64283 Darmstadt

Tel. : + 49 . (0) 6151 . 16 - 20 66
Fax.: + 49 . (0) 6151 . 16 - 65 14


Diploma Sociology, Free University Berlin, 1976; Dr. phil., Free University Berlin, 1983; Habilitation, Free University Berlin, 1995
  Research interests

* Social Theory
* Urban Anthropology
* Cultural Globalisation



(2006) edited with Sybille Frank, Lars Frers, Martina Löw, Lars Meier, Silke Steets and Sergej Stoetzer: Negotiating Urban Conflicts. Interaction, Space and Control, Bielefeld, transcript.

(1999) Sociology of Giving, London, Sage.


Articles in Journals and Edited Volumes

* (2010) Working Class in Capitalist Countries: Conceptual Traps and Political Opportunity Structures. In: T.K. Oomen (ed.): Classes, Citizenship and Inequality. New Dehli (Pearson).

* (2006) Experiencing Reunification: An East German Village after the Fall of the Wall. In: Lloyd Rudolph/John K. Jacobsen (eds): Experiencing the State. New Dehli (Oxford University Press).

* (2005) Dwelling in Displacement: On Diasporization and the Production of National Subjects. In: Jonathan Friedman/Shalini Randeria (eds.): Worlds on the Move. New York (Tauris).

* (2005)
Theorizing Globalization – A Sociologist’s View. In: Uwe Kracht/ Manfred Schulz (eds.): Food and Nutrition Security in the Process of Globalization and Urbanization. Münster (Lit-Verlag).

* (2003) Ethnicity is Everywhere: On Globaliztion and the Transformation of Cultural Identity. In: Current Sociology, Vol 51, No.3/4 2003.