Prix décerné à Jens Beckert, résident 2012-2013 de l'IEA de Paris, pour sa contribution au renouveau d'une perspective interdisciplinaire dans le domaine des sciences sociales, et plus particulièrement sur les croisements entre sociologie et économie.
À propos du prix remis à Jens Beckert
Jens Beckert was selected for the 2018 Leibniz Prize for his contribution to the renewal of an interdisciplinary perspective in the social sciences, particularly at the intersection of sociology and economics – two disciplines that have largely developed separately from each other for a long time. In his dissertation entitled ‘Grenzen des Marktes’ [Limits of the Market] (1996), Beckert was already laying the groundwork for embedding economic questions in a sociological context. In his habilitation thesis, ‘Unverdientes Vermögen’ [Unearned Wealth] (2003), he developed a comparative sociology of inheritance law in which he examined how different ideas about family cohesion, merit and recognition are reflected in law. This also brought him considerable recognition in the fields of law and history. In his most recent book, ‘Imagined Futures. Fictional Expectations and Capitalist Dynamics’ (2016), Beckert discusses various economic practices and illustrates how different visions of the future are socially coordinated and enable people to deal with uncertainty in the present. In this way, Beckert has combined new empirical research questions with conceptual reflection to examine current problems facing economies and societies.