The nominating institution HU Berlin on the breakthrough:

In his groundbreaking social theory of late-modern society, Andreas Reckwitz works out the causes, structures and conflict-ridden consequences of the transformation from industrial modernity to a late-modern society of singularities. How do the practices and norms of uniqueness mould cognitive-cultural capitalism, digital technologies, the forms of life of the global new middle class and even politics? How do these structures of singularization give rise to new patterns of social polarization?