Dr.

Florian Stoll

Institut für Soziologie

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Arbeitsgebiete

Florian Stoll is a cultural sociologist with research experience in the Global South (fieldwork in Kenya, Ghana & Brazil) and Global North (mainly Germany & UK).
He wants to make research on the Global South part of international sociology´s everyday business.
His main interest are ways of life of  (“middle-class”-) milieus and inequalities in the Global South.

 

Areas of Research:

-          Sociology of/in the Global South

-          Sociological Theory & Cultural Sociology

-          Stratification & Inequality/ Milieus & Ways of Life

-          Globalization & Transnationalisation

-          Urban Sociology/ Sociology of Space

-          Sociology of Work & Digitization

Persönliches

From 2013 to 2018 Florian has been examining ways of life in the middle-income stratum of urban Kenya for the project “Middle Classes on the Rise“at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies. In 2016/17 he spent one year as a visiting fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology/ Yale University. From 2011-2013 Florian has been studying local influences on economic practices by the example of hairdressers in four European cities. In his doctoral thesis (2011) at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Florian conducted research on social milieus and their use of time in the Brazilian city Recife.

 

Florian is member of the Research Center Global Dynamics/ Leipzig University and the Bayreuth Cluster of Excellence “Africa Multiple”. He is also Faculty Fellow of the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University.

Projekte

Fluctuation in industrializing developing countries in West Africa (Ghana). New dynamics of employment biographies

Florian has been examining since May 2020 at Leipzig University reasons for job turnover and absenteeism in the project “Fluctuation in industrializing developing countries in West Africa (Ghana). New dynamics of employment biographies” with Prof. Marian Burchardt (Project Leader). The project studies why employees of companies in Ghana leave their jobs or stay. With a focus on empirical research, it contributes to sociological debates about work with an African context as its perspective.

For more information: www.recentglobe.uni-leipzig.de/forschung/forschungsprojekte/research-project-fluctuation-in-industrializing-developing-countries-in-west-africa-ghana-new-dynamics-of-employment-biographies/

 

Middle-income milieus in urban Kenya

Currently Florian is working on a book proposal that combines the research on social milieus in Nairobi´s and Mombasa´s “middle-class” with a Cultural Sociological framework. The objective of the planned monograph is to combine data from fieldwork with a new conceptualisation that includes sociocultural characteristics of Kenya and the local contexts. More than just a case study, this approach contributes an nuanced understanding of "middle-classes" in urban Kenya that may serve as a model for other studies in Africa, the Global South & North. The data are from the collaborative work with Prof. Dieter Neubert (project leader) in the sociological part of the project "Middle-Classes on the Rise. Concepts of Future between Freedom, Consumption, Tradition and Morality" (2013-2018) at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies.

 

Bayreuth, Wagner and the negotiation of the sacred meaning

In the project “Bayreuth, Wagner and the negotiation of the sacred meaning” he examines with Prof. Philip Smith (Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University) how the world´s most renowned festival for classical music is torn between high culture and the management of a tainted past through Wagner´s antisemitism and the involvement of the Festspiele in the Nazi-regime.

Publikationen

List of Publications


Monographs, Edited Books & more

Ahmad, A., Nicoué, D., Rieß, J.,  Sarre, J., Stoll, F.; (2018): Living in African cities: Urban Spaces, Lifestyles and Social Practices in Everyday Life. Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers No. 18. 110 pp.

Daniel, A., Müller, S., Stoll, F., Öhlschläger, R.  (Eds.) (2016): Mittelklassen, Mittelschichten oder Milieus in Afrika? Mittelschichten und sozialer Wandel in Afrika. Baden-Baden. Nomos. 219 pp.

Leithäuser, T., Stoll, F. (Eds.) (2014): Goldenberg, M. (Author): Untreu. Konstanz. UVK. 272 pp.

Stoll, F. (2012): Leben im Moment? Soziale Milieus in Brasilien und ihr Umgang mit Zeit. Frankfurt/Main. Campus. 366 pp.

 

Articles & Contributions to Collective Volumes
 

Smith, P./ Stoll, F. (2021): A Maximal Understanding of Sacrifice: Bataille, Richard Wagner, Pilgrimage and the Bayreuth Festival. In: Religions Vol. 12  No. 48. The role of sacrifice in the secular age. [https:// www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/12/1/48/pdf]

 

Stoll, F. (2020): Auf dem Weg zu einer Soziologie des Globalen Südens? Überlegungen zur Analyse von Gesellschaften nach dem Ende von Erster, Zweiter und Dritter Welt. In: Bogner, A., Kößler, R., Korff, R., Melber, H. (Eds.): Die Welt aus der Perspektive der Entwicklungssoziologie. Festschrift für Dieter Neubert, Baden-Baden. Nomos, 123-150.

 

Stoll, F. (2020): Collectivity and individuality in contemporary urban Kenya: Social ontologies in Nairobi. In: Baumann, Benjamin/ Bultmann, Daniel (Eds.): Social Ontology, Sociocultures and Inequality in the Global South. Routledge, 180-200.

 

Neubert, D., Stoll, F. (2020): Diversity as Sociocultural Difference. Middle class milieus in urban Kenya. In: Böllinger, S., Mildner, C., Vierke, U. (Eds.): Diversity Gains. Stepping Stones and Pitfalls, Baden-Baden. Nomos, 149-172.

 

Smith, P./ Stoll, F. (2019): Guilty Pleasures? Managing the moral contamination of the aesthetic in the case of Richard Wagner and the Bayreuth Festival (Accepted Paper for the session: Moral Crisis and Meaning in the Sociology of Culture, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting 2019).

 

Stoll, F. (2018): The city and its ways of life. Local influences on middle-income milieus in Nairobi. In: Special Issue of International Development Policy “African Cities and the Development Conundrum” No. 10/2018, 275-301 [https://journals.openedition.org/poldev/2576].

 

Neubert, D., Stoll, F. (2018): The ‘Narrative of the African Middle Class’ and its Conceptual Limitations. In: Kroeker, L., O'Kane, D., Scharrer, T. (Eds.): Changing Lives and Conceptual Challenges. Frontiers of Globalization, London. Palgrave Macmillan, 57-79. 

 

Stoll, F. (2018): Kollektiv und Individuum im urbanen Kenia des 21. Jahrhunderts. Soziale Ontologien am Beispiel Nairobis. In: Zeitschrift für Kultur- und Kollektivwissenschaft Vol. 4. No. 2, 207-234.

 

Stoll, F. (2018): How to be middle class in Nairobi – Lifestyles of middle-income milieus and their relation to Nairobi´s city structure. In: Ahmad, Azza, Nicoué, Delia, Rieß, Johanna, Sarre, Johanna, Stoll, Florian (Hg.) (2018): Living in African cities: Urban Spaces, Lifestyles and Social Practices in Everyday Life. Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers No. 18, 40-58.

 

Ahmad, A., Nicoue, D., Riess, J., Sarre, J., Stoll, F. (2018): Living in African cities: Urban Spaces, Lifestyles and Social Practices in Everyday Life. Introduction. In: Ahmad, A., Nicoue, D., Riess, J., Sarre, J., Stoll, F.  (Eds.): Living in African cities: Urban Spaces, Lifestyles and Social Practices in Everyday Life. Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers No. 8, 1-8.

 

Stoll, F. (2017): Middle Classes. In: Guidetti, G., Rehbein, B. (Hg.): Inequality in Economics and Sociology. London. Routledge, 81-97.

 

Rehbein, B., Stoll, F. (2017): Mittelschichten und Ungleichheit im globalen Süden. In: Burchhardt, H.-J., Peters, S., Weinmann, N. (Eds.) Entwicklungstheorie heute – Entwicklungspolitik von morgen. Baden-Baden. Nomos, 111-132.

 

Stoll, F. (2017): Living today or saving for tomorrow? Perspectives of the Future among 'middle-class' milieus in Nairobi. In: Transcience, Vol. 8. Issue 2, 40-57 [https://www2.hu-berlin.de/transcience/page3_volume8_issue2.html].

 

Stoll, F., Daniel, A., Müller, S. (2016): Mittelklassen, Mittelschichten oder Milieus? Afrikanische Gesellschaften im Wandel. In: Daniel, A., Müller, S., Stoll, F. (Eds.): Mittelklassen, Mittelschichten oder Milieus in Afrika? Mittelschichten und sozialer Wandel in Afrika Baden-Baden. Nomos, 9-28.

 

Stoll, F. (2016): Lebensweisen von Mittelschicht-Milieus in Nairobi. Eine Analyse mit Randall Collins´ Interaction Ritual Chains. In: Daniel, A., Müller, S., Stoll, F. (Eds.): Mittelklassen, Mittelschichten oder Milieus in Afrika? Mittelschichten und sozialer Wandel in Afrika. Baden-Baden. Nomos, 195-216.

 

Löw, M., Stoll, F. (2016): Friseursalons als dritte Orte. Raum-Zeit-Konventionen sozialer Milieus. In: Grunert, C., Pfaff, N., Schippling, A. (Eds.): Kritische Bildungsforschung. Opladen: Barbara Budrich, 191-210.

 

Neubert, D., Stoll, F. (2015a): Socio-cultural diversity of the African middle class. The case of urban Kenya. In: academy reflects no. 1, IAS Working Paper Series no. 14. Institut für Afrika Studien. Universität Bayreuth, 1-18.

 

Neubert, D., Stoll, F. (2015b): Zur Analyse soziokultureller Differenzierung von Mittelschichten im Globalen Süden: Eine exemplarische Analyse von Milieus in Nairobi. In: Verhandlungen des 37. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie,1-12.

 

Neubert, D., Stoll, F. (2014): One or many middle class(es) in Kenya? Towards an analytical frame for distinguishing subgroups. In: Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on African Studies, 2114-2131.

 

Baur, N., Löw, M., Hering, L., Quermann, A., Stoll, F. (2013): Die Rationalität lokaler Konventionen im Friseurwesen. Der Beitrag von Wirtschaftspraktiken zur Lösung des Kooperations- und Wertproblems wirtschaftlichen Handelns. In: Bögenhold, D. (Ed.): Soziologie des Wirtschaftlichen, Wiesbaden. Springer VS, 299-328.

 

Çelik, E., Wöhrer, V., Ersche, C., Stoll, F., Jimenez, J., Altrogge, J., Vogelmann, M. (2011): A Commentary on Boike Rehbein’s Approach to Critical Theory after the Rise of the Global South and on his Concept Kaleidoscopic Dialectic, Transcience Vol. 2 No. 1, 72-80.

 

Stoll, F. (2009): Gegen den Neoliberalismus. In: Fröhlich, G., Rehbein, B. (Eds.): Bourdieu-Lexikon. Stuttgart. Metzler, 319-326.

 

Other Texts/ For Professional Communities


Stoll, F. (2019): Urban “middle class” milieus in Africa. On the heterogeneity of future visions in Nairobi.

In: Spektrum. The Science Magazin of the University of Bayreuth. Vol. 15, No. 2,

 

Daniel, A., Stoll, F. (2018): Conference Report: Middle Classes, Protest, and Social Change in Africa and Beyond. In: Africa Spectrum Vol. 52, No. 3, 111-116.

 

Stoll, F. (2015): Tagung der DGS-Sektion Entwicklungssoziologie/ Sozialanthropologie (ESSA) ‘Mittelschichten/Mittelklassen’ im globalen Süden. In: Soziologie. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie Vol. 44, No. 4, 471-474.

 

Stoll, F. (2014): Middle Classes in Kenya. A research training excursion to Kenya: MA Cultural and Social Anthropology. In: Newsletter of African Studies at the University of Bayreuth 41, 62.

 

 

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