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Beate Volker on the work of the Great Thinker Diego Gambetta.

Event details of Beate Volker presents the work of Diego Gambetta
Date 22 January 2019
Time 15:00 -16:30
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building I (CREA)
Room Location: CREA, Theatre Hall
European Academy of Sociology

Diego Gambetta (1952) is professor of social theory at the European University Institute in Florence and a fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. He is known for his applications of economic theory and a rational choice approach to understanding a variety of social phenomena.

Almost everyone has heard something about Gambetta’s study of the Mafia, but many do not know what his research questions actually were and to what kind of theoretical framework they belong. Gambetta - born in Turin, North of Italy  – took the Mafia as a case, a research site, for unfolding his broader arguments on how cooperation and a reasonable stable social structure can exist, given the absence of trust. His analysis has become very influential and contributed to the microfoundations of sociology. In addition, his arguments and methods are very creative and unconventional, and a lot can be learned from the way Gambetta is doing research.

Beate Volker will discuss Gambetta’s research questions and the answers he developed as well as his view on social theory and social research in general and how they related to analytical sociology.

Beate Volker

About Beate Volker

Beate Volker is professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, where she is co-heading the programme group ‘Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses’ (IIL, together with Bram Lancee). She studies the creation of social capital in networks and the effect of different social contexts on this creation. More information: 


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PhD Seminar on the work of Diego Gambetta

This lecture is followed by a PhD seminar on 29 January 15.00 - 16.30. For this seminar any AISSR PhDs can register via: 

About the Great Thinkers Seminar Series

AISSR members present the work of a great thinker in the field of social sciences immersing us in key features of the social science canon and ‘Great Thinkers’ and exploring contributions across disciplinary lines. Staff members, PhD students and others interested can attend the public lecture. For AISSR PhD students the lecture can be followed by a PhD seminar with a second discussion of key readings of the respective thinker. How can you use these readings in your own research project? 

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Roeterseilandcampus - building I (CREA)

Room Location: CREA, Theatre Hall

Nieuwe Achtergracht 168-178
1018 WV Amsterdam