Master of Arts, University Heidelberg, Germany, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy, University Heidelberg, Germany, 1971. Habilitation, University Augsburg, Germany, 1982.
Research assistant, U. Augsburg, 1972-1980; professor sociology, U. Augsburg, since 1988; professor sociology, U. Nuremberg, Germany, 1980-1981; professor sociology, U. Mainz, Germany, 1985; lecturer sociology, U. Wuerzburg, Germany, 1986-1987.
Member Association for Politics and Life Sciences, European Sociological Society (chairman).
Married Maria Perger.