Johan Heilbron

Johan Heilbron studied sociology at the University of Amsterdam and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He was affiliated with various academic institutions in Europe and held the Norbert Elias chair at Utrecht University (2000-2004) and Erasmus University Rotterdam (2004-2008). Among his main research interests are the sociology of the social sciences, economic sociology, and the sociology of culture and transnational cultural exchange. He was a co-editor of the collected works of Norbert Elias in German and is a part of the advisory board for the Collected Works in English. 

He currently affiliated with the Centre Européen de Sociologie et de Science Politique (CESSP) and Erasmus University in Rotterdam. 


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Selected Publications in English:

Heilbron, Johan (2009) 'Sociology and Positivism in the Nineteenth Century: the Vicissitudes of the Société de sociologie (1872-1874)', History of the Human Sciences, 22 (4), p. 30-62. 

Heilbron, Johan, Nicolas Guilhot, Laurent Jeanpierre (2008) 'Toward a Transnational History of the Social Sciences', Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 44 (2), p. 146-160.

Convert, Bernard & Johan Heilbron (2007) 'Where Did the New Economic Sociology Come From?', Theory and Society, 36 (1), p. 31-54.

van Bottenburg, Maarten & Johan Heilbron (2006) 'De-sportization of Fighting Contests. The Origins and Dynamics of No Holds Barred Events and the Theory of Sportization', International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 41 (3/4) p. 259-282.

Heilbron, Johan (2005) 'Taking Stock. Toward a Historical Sociology of Financial Regimes', Economic Sociology, 7 (1) p. 3-17 (cf. ).

Heilbron, Johan (2005) 'Economic Sociology in France', in Richard Swedberg (ed), New Developments in Economic Sociology, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, Vol. 1, p. 321-347.

Heilbron, Johan (2004) 'A Regime of Disciplines: Toward a Historical Sociology of Disciplinary Knowledge', in C. Camic & H. Joas (eds), The Dialogical Turn : New Roles for Sociology in the Postdisciplinary Age, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, p. 23-42.

Heilbron, Johan (2003) 'Social Thought and Natural Science', in The Cambridge History of Science, vol. 7, edited by Theodore Porter & Dorothy Ross, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 40-56. 

Goudsblom, Johan & Johan Heilbron (2001) 'Sociology, History of', International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Amsterdam: Elsevier, vol. 21, p. 14574-14580.

Heilbron, Johan (2001) 'Interest: History of the Concept', International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Amsterdam: Elsevier, vol.11, p. 7708-7712.  

Heilbron, Johan (1999) 'Toward a Sociology of Translation: Book Translations as a Cultural World-System', European Journal of Social Theory, 2 (4), p. 429-444.

Heilbron, Johan (1999) 'Reflexivity and its Consequences', European Journal of Social Theory, 2 (3) p. 298-306.

Heilbron, Johan, Lars Magnusson, Bjorn Wittrock (eds) (1998 hardback, 2001 paperback), The Rise of the Social Sciences and the Formation of Modernity, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publications.

Heilbron, Johan (1995) The Rise of Social Theory, Cambridge: Polity Press.