Universität KonstanzExzellenzcluster „Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration“

2008 - Construction and Boundaries

Fredrik Barth, Thomas Luckmann, John R. Searle

Konstanzer Meisterklasse 2008 (click to enlarge)

The topic of the Meisterklasse from 16 to 24 July 2008 was “Construction and Boundaries”. Borders, frontiers, and limits are not naturally given but always contested and socially constructed. Yet, they are also material, the result of tradition, and connected to expectations and trust. Where are, in this sense, the limits of constructivism? The invited Masters Fredrik Barth (Oslo), Thomas Luckmann (Konstanz), and John R. Searle (Berkeley) have delivered pathbreaking works in this area.

The event was organized by Gerold Gerber.

Conference Proceeding

by Ana Mijic (Institut für Soziologie, Universität Wien) H-Soz-u-Kult (German only)

Live Recordings of the Opening Session (July 16, 2008)

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Bernhard Giesen: Introduction

Fredrik Barth: Field Work
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Thomas Luckmann: Physical and Social World

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John R. Searle: Physical and Social Reality

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