Dr Jürgen Schraten


     M.A. Political Science (University of Giessen)

     Dr. rer. soc. (University of Giessen)




Jürgen was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Human Economy Programme in 2012. He can be contacted at [email protected].

Jürgen’s research is focussed on processes of financialization and democratization of finance. His project 'Credit and Debt in an Unequal Society' analyses the boom of unsecured lending in South Africa after the introduction of the National Credit Act No. 34 of 2005.
This study is of generic importance as it reveals the social mechanisms of a legally regulated consumer credit market in a society that suffers from high social inequality, high unemployment, and pauperism.

Jürgen published his PhD (University of Giessen, Germany) in 2007. "Die kollektive Erinnerung von Staatsverbrechen" is a discourse analysis of the subsequent parliamentary justification of German Unity in 1990.

Jürgen has published on sociology of finance, social theory, commemorative culture, and democratic theory. He has taught a variety of courses from the Bachelor's to the PhD level.


Some of Jürgen's recent publications include:

Schraten, J. 2014. Börsenportale im Web zwischen Ökonomisierung des Gesellschaftlichen und Moralisierung der Märkte, in Langenohl, Andreas and Dietmar J. Wetzel (eds), Finanzmarktpublika: Moralität, Krisen und Teilhabe in der ökonomischen Moderne. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, pp. 99-120.

Schraten, J. 2014. Trikotwerbung für den Geldverleiher - Sündenfall im Fu&zlig;ball-Sponsoring? in: Wayne, Anthony and Kristian Naglo (eds), On and Off the Field. Football Culture in England and Germany. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, pp. 215-238.

Schraten, J. 2013. On law and legality in post-apartheid South Africa: insights from a migrant street trader. Anthropology Southern Africa 36 (3&4): 108-115.

Schraten, J. 2012. Managing a consumer debt crisis. Conference paper "Towards Carnegie III - Strategies to Overcome Poverty & Inequality", University of Cape Town, 3.-7. September 2012.


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