Lars Clausen

Lars Michael Clausen ( born April 8, 1935 in Berlin, † 20, 2010 in Hamburg ) was a German sociologist and scholar.

  • 2.1 Selected Writings
  • 2.2 Selected editions
  • 2.3 created under his leadership writings


Lars Clausen was the son of Juergen and Rosemarie Clausen. He attended elementary school in Berlin and Prerow / Darß ( Neuvorpommern ). 1945 his widowed mother fled with her three children to Hamburg. After graduation in 1955 at the local Christianeum he studied business and economics, law, sociology and history at the Free University of Berlin, the University of Cologne, Hamburg ( 1960: Dipl.- Kfm. ) At the Social Research Centre of the University of Münster in Dortmund, where he research assistant of the Department " sociology of Developing Countries" was, and received his doctorate in 1963 at the University of Muenster in Helmut Schelsky Dr. sc pol.

1964 married Lars Clausen and Bettina Feddersen. He was 1964/1965 Research Affiliate of the Rhodes - Livingstone Institute in Lusaka (Zambia ) and habilitated in 1967 with an empirical study of two Zambian large companies in Münster for sociology. After teaching at the universities of Münster and Bielefeld and at the Institute for African Studies in The Hague (Netherlands) Clausen was 1970-2000 Professor of Sociology at the University of Kiel, where he founded the Disaster Research Center of the Institute of Sociology and director until 2002. 1991/1992 he was dean of the Economic and Social Sciences. He was 1996/1997 Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin. Clausen was a member of the Economic and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Arts in Kiel and conducted research and taught there since 2000 as professor emeritus.

In 1955 he received the bushel price. Clausen was president of the German Africa Society, Chairman of the German Sociological Association, where he first introduced in 1993 through continued the adjudication of the main contributions submitted to Congress 2003-2009 and Chairman of the Commission for the Protection of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Since 1978 he was president of Ferdinand Tönnies - Gesellschaft. In April 1996, he made ​​himself available as one of the messengers to hand over the ransom to end the abduction of Jan- Philipp Reemtsma. Clausen was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit (1982 ) and the German Federal Cross of Merit 1st class (1998).

His research focused on general sociology, economic, industrial, labor, cultural, literary and disaster sociology ( which he introduced in Germany ); idea historically and editorially he dealt especially with Ferdinand Tönnies.

2000 tried Clausen first and unique in its " last compulsory course " a subject- oriented " introduction to the theories of sociology " under the title " Gymnasiale culture history as a way to Sociology " ( printed in " Tonnies Forum" 2003; republished in " Culture & ghosts " 2010)

Civil Protection

In the late 1970s Lars Clausen sat as a member of the Commission for the Protection of the Federal Minister of the Interior for protection Data Atlas one. He sat still for a comprehensive civil protection:

" It is necessary to go out of our society 's vulnerability (vulnerability ) and assumed the inevitability of the fact that Heaviest ( disasters) occurs in fact. Civil protection ranges from government, take all precautions, planning and Admission: relief to the efforts of individuals, the self-protection "

Protecting Data Atlas is designed to close gaps in the organization and the self-protection of the population by knowledge at hand are " protective laity " that enable them to make arrangements and to alleviate their impact in the event of a disaster.

Ferdinand Tönnies

Lars Clausen was not only co-editor of the great Ferdinand Tönnies total output, but also since 1978 President of the times sociologically significant Ferdinand Tönnies Society ( Kiel). Clausen described himself to his students and employees with respect to ironically as " Tonnies functionary " and was also a solid connoisseur of life and work of Ferdinand Tönnies '. This shows Clausen's public speech to Tönnies ' 150th birthday in Kiel. There Tonnies is presented in his time as a scientific founder of sociology in Germany in the 1880s, humanistic reconnaissance and politically engaged Republican, who as an old man SPD member is still and at the congress " The Free Word " publicly against the new Chancellor Adolf Hitler occurs. Clausen also remembered as a dedicated sociologist Tönnies, in his " Applied Sociology " and the philosophical foundations of his theory of society in the form of guiding category of the will: "Mind without a will will would be aimless, without destructive mind. Luckily for Tönnies ' theory they are einunddasselbe. "

Lars Clausen featured Tönnies ' scholarly prose as a language with careful text outline as well as in-depth and kleinschrittigem term structure. Tönnies did, though always based on formulating, spared etymologically Gräzismen and Latinisms. His terms, such as " community" or "public opinion ", he took the German language. However, his texts were of quite learned punchlines, but never gimmicky worked. Even in critical positions, such as on current political issues, the sociologist was careful to avoid personal insults. And this despite the fact that its rulings clearly not infrequently sharp failed.

The development of the "peasant child from Heubarg ", the German as Danish language, whose high school subjects in 1871 were "on the grammar school Greek, Latin, Hebrew, English, French, Danish ," which, twenty-one year, 1877 " in Latin on the oracle of Zeus " and was, twenty-six, habilitated in 1881 in Kiel, and its special and particularly creative intellectual performance as" Ammon in Siva doctorate founder " of sociology in Germany Clausen has also described by the wissenschaftsmethodologischen side like this:


A list of his publications can be found in Dombrowsky / Pasero and then it time on the internet.

Selected writings

Selected editions

Created under his leadership writings

  • Wolf R. Dombrowsky, Jörg Horenczuk, Willi Streitz: Creating a Schutzdatenatlasses, civil defense research, Research Report of the Commission for the Protection of the Federal Minister of the Interior, Federal Office of Administration (ed.) - Central Office of Civil Defense - commissioned by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, New Series Volume 51, 2003, ISSN 0343-5164 Online version ( 270 pages pdf)