It is with deep regret that we have to announce that Johan (Joop) Goudsblom passed away on March 17 at the age of 87. He was a professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam from 1968 until his retirement in 1997. Later, he became an honorary member of the Dutch Sociological Association, NSV. He was not only the founder of contemporary Amsterdam sociology, but was also the founder of the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research (today the Amsterdam Institute for Social Research). As a historical sociologist, Joop was crucial in propagating, disseminating and further developing Norbert Elias’ figurative sociology. His own books (Nihilism and Culture, Fire and Civilization) had a lot of resonance and were translated into different languages. In addition, he was also active in literature as an avid writer of aphorism and founder of the literary magazine Tirade. In the Dutch newspaper NRC of 24 March 2020, Abram de Swaan wrotea portrait of Joop that we would like to share. On behalf of the NSV, we wish the family, friends and colleagues of Joop Goudsblom a lot of strength during this difficult time.