prof. dr hab. Piotr Sztompka


Piotr Sztompka is a professor emeritus of sociology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He is a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Academia Europaea (London) and American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Boston). In 2002 at the World Congress of Sociology at Brisbane (Australia) he was elected a President of the International Sociological Association (ISA), and served until 2006.. In 1995 he was awarded a major international award New Europe Prize granted at Uppsala, Sweden and was also for two times a laureate of the Academic Prize of the Prime Minister of Poland. He also received Pitirim Sorokin Prize and the honorary doctor degree from The State University of the Social Sciences at Moscow, and recently a title of the doctor honoris causa from Soedertoeern University at Stockholm. He has been a frequent visiting professor at the universities of the US (17 times), Mexico, Argentina, Australia and Europe, and has been awarded a fellowship at five Institutes for Advanced Study (Stanford, Berlin, Uppsala, Wassenaar and Budapest). He has published thirty books, most of them in English, and more than two hundred academic articles. His most important books include: System and Function (1974), Sociological Dilemmas (1979), Robert Merton: An Intellectual Profile (1986) published also in Chinese, Society in Action: The Theory of Social Becoming. (1991), The Sociology of Social Change (1993) published also in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese, Trust: A Sociological Theory (1999), published also in Chinese and Russian, Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity (co-authored 2005). The textbook Sociology: analysis of society, which also came out in Russian is used at classes of sociology at all Polish universities, and became a nationwide bestseller selling 60 000 copies. The new extended and revised edition has just come out in Poland (2012). Apart from sociological theory, philosophy of the social sciences, social change, his recent academic interests include visual sociology and sociology of everyday life.

Publications (selected)


  • Socjologia: analiza społeczeństwa, (Sociology: Analysis of Society, in Polish), Kraków 2002, Wydawnictwo Znak.
  • Socjologia wizualna: fotografia jako metoda badawcza, (Visual Sociology: Photography as a Research Method), Warszawa 2005: Polish Scientific Publishers.
  • Zaufanie: fundament spoleczenstwa (Trust: the Foundation of Society, in Polish), Kraków 2007: Wydawnictwo Znak.
  • Socjologia: lektury, (Sociology: Readings, in Polish), red. P.Sztompka i M.Kucia, Kraków 2005: Wydawnictwo Znak.
  • Socjologia codzienności, (Sociology of the Everyday), red. P.Sztompka i M.Bogunia-Borowska, Kraków 2008, Wydawnictwo Znak.
  • Polska początku XXI wieku: przemiany kulturowe i cywilizacyjne, red. K.Frysztacki i P.Sztompka, Warszawa 2012: Wydawnictwo Polskiej Akademii Nauk.


  • „Zaufanie: brakujące ogniwo polskiej transformacji", w: Rocznik Polskiej Akademii Umiejętności, rok 2007/2008, Kraków 2008, PAU, ss. 127-134. Przedruk w: Odra, nr. 3, marzec 2009, ss. 16-20.
  • „Zaufanie: fundament życia społęcznego", Seminaria Polskiej Akademii Umiejętności, Kraków 2008, PAU, ss. 83-107.
  • „Nowe formy życia społecznego a nowy kształt teorii socjologicznej", w: Janusz Mucha (i inni) red., Co nas łączy? Co nas dzieli?, Zielona Góra 2008, Wyd Uniw. Ziel. i PTS, ss. 213-224.
  • „Czy istnieje socjologia polska?", w: Studia Socjologiczne, Nr. 2/2011, ss. 43-54.
  • "Trust in Science", in: Journal of Classical Sociology, No.2/2007, ss. 211-220.
  • "Coming in From the Cold: My Road from Socialism to Sociology", w: Sociologists in a Global Age" Biographical Prespectives, ed. by Matthieu Deflem, Burlington 2007: Ashgate, ss. 189-202.
  • "Worrying About Trust", in: European Review, vol.15, No.2/2007, pp. 147-152.
  • "Return to Values in Recent Sociological Theory", w: The Polish Sociological Review, No.3/2007, ss. 247-261.
  • "The Focus on Everyday Life: a New Turn in Sociology", w: European Review, vol. 16/2008, No. 1, pp. 23-37.
  • "Scientific Ethos and Trust in Science", w: Why Chemistry?, Krakow, 2008 wyd.PAN, pp. 13-21.
  • "The Ambivalence of Social Change in Post-Communist Societies", w: A.Śliz i M.S.Szczepański, Czy koniec socjalizmu?, Warszawa 2008, wyd. Scholar, ss. 36-57.
  • Review essay on Mattei Dogan (ed.), Political Mistrust and Discrediting of Politicians, and M.Cleary, S.Stokes, Democracy and the Culture of Scepticism, w: International Sociology, March 2008, pp. 215-221.
  • "The Assault Badly Misses the Mark", w: Philosophy of the Social Sciences, vol.39, June 2009, pp. 260-266.

Complete list of publications

h-index = 30