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Carina Altreiter

Dr. Carina Altreiter
+43 1 31336 6312
About me:
Carina Altreiter received her PhD in Sociology at the University of Vienna and is currently a post-doc researcher and WU project leader in the FWF-funded project „Spatial Competition and Economic Policies (SPACE): Discourses, Institutions and Everyday Practices.” (ZK-60; duration: 2019-2023). Previously, she has been working in the project “Solidarity in times of crisis (SOCRIS)” (FWF Nr. I 2698-G27; duration: 2016-2019) at the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna. For her PhD thesis dealing with the influence of social class on the working-life trajectories and work experiences of young industrial blue-collar workers (Campus, 2019) she received the Theodor-Körner award in 2017. Her research areas and interests cover work and employment, social inequalities – with a focus on social class and gender –, social change, solidarity, qualitative methods and public sociology. Further information on previous activities: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0791-1598.
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since 2019
Post-Doc Researcher WU Wien
Lecturer University of Vienna
Post-doc Researcher University of Vienna
Visiting postgraduate research student (University Bristol, UK)
National Correspondent for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)
University assistant (prae-doc) University of Vienna
Researcher JKU Linz

Researcher Identifier

Awards and Honors

Theodor-Körner Preis


  • 5304 Labour market research (Details)
  • 5335 Political economic theory (Details)
  • 5401 General social research (Details)
  • 5413 Sociological methods (Details)
  • 5415 Economic sociology (Details)


  • Work and employment
  • Solidarity
  • Social class
  • Social inequality
  • social change
  • science to public


Membership in scientific association
  since 2019 Diskurs. Das Wissenschaftsnetz - Vorstandsmitglied
  2018 Österreichische Gesellschaft für Soziologie - Sektion Soziale Ungleichheit - Sektionsrätin
  since 2016 Österreichische Gesellschaft für Soziologie - Sektion Arbeitssoziologie - Sektionsrätin
Other scientific activities
  2021 Diskurs. Das Wissenschaftsnetz - Presseaussendung: Kindergarten, Pflege, Reinigung: Schlechte Bezahlung schadet Selbstwert
  2020 Universität Wien - Erlesenes Erforschen: Umkämpfte Solidaritäten. Podiumsdiskussion
  2020 Diskurs. Das Wissenschaftsnetz - Pressegespräch "Spaltungslinien in der Gegenwartsgesellschaft
  2019 Ö1 - "Wie steht es um die Solidarität?" - Zu Gast in der Ö1 Sendung "Punkt 1" mit Marlene Nowotny
  2019 Ö1 - "Wenn der Soziologe vor der Tür steht" - Zu Gast in der Ö1 Sendung "Punkt 1" mit Xaver Forthuber


Book (monograph)

2019 Altreiter, Carina, Flecker, Jörg, Papouschek, Ulrike, Schindler, Saskja, Schönauer, Annika. 2019. Umkämpfte Solidaritäten. Spaltungslinien in der Gegenwartsgesellschaft. Wien: Promedia. (Details)
  Altreiter, Carina. 2019. Woher man kommt, wohin man geht. Über die Zugkraft der Klassenherunft am Beispiel junger IndustriearbeiterInnen. Frankfurt a. M./ New York: Campus. (Details)

Journal article

2021 Altreiter, Carina. 2021. Drawn to work: what makes apprenticeship training an attractive choice for the working-class. Journal of Education and Work. 34 (1), 1-13. open access (Details)
2020 Altreiter, Carina, Flecker, Jörg. 2020. ‘I Get Money for What I Like Doing Best’: The Class Origin of Young Blue-Collar Workers and their Commitment to Work. Work, Employment and Society. 34 (6), 1097-1113. open access (Details)
2019 Schadauer, Andreas, Altreiter, Carina, Flecker, Jörg, Schindler, Saskja. 2019. Sozialstaatliche Solidarität und gesellschaftliche Anerkennung. SWS Rundschau. 59 (4) (Details)
  Altreiter, Carina. 2019. Subjekt ohne Klasse? Zur sozialen Genese von Arbeitskraft in aktuellen Debatten um eine Subjektivierung von Arbeit. Arbeits- und Industriesoziologische Studien (AIS). 12 (1), 103-118. open access (Details)
  Hofmann, Julia, Altreiter, Carina, Flecker, Jörg, Schindler, Saskja, Simsa, Ruth. 2019. Symbolic struggles over solidarity in times of crisis: trade unions, civil society actors and the political far right in Austria. European Societies. 21 (5), 649-671. open access (Details)
2018 Altreiter, Carina. 2018. Soziale Klasse in der Arbeitssoziologie. Zur Relevanz eines totgesagten Begriffs. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie. 43 (3), 251-266. (Details)

Working/discussion paper, preprint

2020 Altreiter, Carina, Gräbner, Claudius, Pühringer, Stephan, Rogojanu, Ana, Wolfmayr, Georg. 2020. Theorizing Competition. An interdisciplinary approach to the genesis of a contested concept. (Details)

Media report

2021 Altreiter, Carina, Flecker, Jörg. 2021. Der Pöbel soll spuren. (Details)


SPACE (2019-2023) (Details)