Professor KOMATSU Takeaki

Affiliations :

  • Graduate School Faculty of Arts and Letters
  • Division of Department of Integrated Human Sciences
  • Social and Human Sciences Course
  • Department of Sociology

Discovering issues

It is possible to live your entire life without any doubts, but if you learn to question things, issues to address start to appear all around you. In other words, problems are nowhere and everywhere at the same time. You probably begin a long journey towards real research when you detect a mystery or a problem in the mundane, and, conversely, when you see some extraordinary event reflect the regular mechanisms of society. Of course, in your long quest to solve this newly-discovered puzzle you will need proper “tools”.
For instance, I study risks (natural disaster risks, technological risks, etc.) and corresponding issues, which are closely related to the structure of complicated modern society and to changes in the life course and lifestyle of an individual. So I use sophisticated tools of social systems theory and contemporary society theory (such as theory on risk society developed by German scholars) to investigate from a sociological point of view possible countermeasures against the unreliable and risky state of affairs that marks contemporary life. If you too happen to discover some “issue” concealed in the daily life, I invite you to study with me, so that we may devise the strategies necessary to live in this “risk society”.

  • Research, History
  • Books, papers, etc.
  • Courses
    Sociology (General Lecture: modern society and individual); Sociology (Introductory Seminar; including system theory); Sociology (Special Lecture: sociology of risk and knowledge/non-knowledge); Sociology (Seminar: sociology of risk uncertainty); etc.
    Personal History
    Born, Miyagi Prefecture.
    1992 Received a B.A. in sociology at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    1998 Completed the doctoral program (without a doctoral degree) at the Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University

    Research Associate, Tohoku University
    Awarded Research Fellowship for Young Scientists, The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
    Associate Professor, Hokkaido University of Education Kushiro Campus/Hakodate Campus,
    Current position
    Ph.D. (Literature)
    Research Subject
    Meta-research of the social systems theory;
    Sociological research of risk and knowledge/non-knowledge
    social systems theory; risk; knowledge/non-knowledge; trust
    The Japan Sociological Society; Tohoku Sociological Society; Tohoku Sociological Association; The Sociology of Science Society of Japan; The Japan Association for the Study on the History of Sociology; The Society for Sociological Theory in Japan; etc.
    Database of Researchers Information
  • Books
    Academic Papers
    『滲透するルーマン理論』、文眞堂、2013(with Takahashi Tōru and Kasuga Junichi)
    「科学技術の『リスク』と組織―3.11以後のリスク規制に関するシステム論的考察」、『年報 科学・技術・社会』22巻、2013、89-107