Patrik Aspers was chair of sociology at Uppsala University.
He is currently chair of sociology at University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Aspers has previously worked as a professor of sociology at Stockholm University, Department of Sociology and SCORE, and as professor of fashion management at the Swedish School of Textiles. From 2005 to 2009 he worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. Aspers has served as president of the Swedish Sociological Association (2010-2012). He has been invited lecturer at College de France, and academic visitor at Columbia University, Harvard University, The LSE, Science Po, and ZIF, University of Bielefeld.
The long term research program of mine is called Being and Order (2007-2037). Being refers to human beings as existing in the world, and order to socialy formed ways of ambiguity and uncertainty. Order has so far been the main focus of attention. The program is the larger frame within which projects are developed.
I am currently writing a book on ways to reduce uncertainty and the corresponding question of order. It deals with three basic problems, ambiguity, uncertainty and risk. The focus is on public ways of uncertainty reduction, starting with grown institutions and decided institutions (formal instiutions), to forms that reduce uncertianty, including raking, ratings, markets and contests.
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