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Sociologidagarna 2018 2018

7-9 March

Working Group Number: 1

Title: Work, Organizatations and Professions


The stream/working group "Work, Organizatations and Professions" welcomes papers on various aspects of working life, organization, leadership and governance, as well as occupations and professions. The stream is inclusive regarding theoretical perspectives as well as methodological approaches – as long as the papers deal with aspects of work, organization or professions. Research papers will be presented and discussed in peer-to-peer dialogues. If you have submitted a paper you are also expected to act as a discussant and provide constructive and detailed feedback on at least one other paper. You are also expected to take active part in the discussion of all papers in the same session as your own paper. The author starts with a short resentation and the appointed discussant provides constructive questions and comments.


Contact Persons:

Bertil Rolandsson

Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson



Working Group Number: 2

Title: Children and Youth


English Description: The working group aims to advance sociological and interdisciplinary research on children and youth. It welcomes contributions focusing on childhood and/or youth, as well as analyzes that concentrate on children and young people in their social and cultural settings. The group will provide opportunities to discuss issues of an empirical, methodological, ethical and theoretical nature. Contributions that address the relationship between sociology and current trends in child and youth studies are encouraged. In addition to studies that discuss pivotal theoretical concepts in the field(s), such as age, generation, socialization and agency, the working group advocates presentations that focus on power and resistance in childhood and youth culture and transitions. Of particular interest is to raise issues that allow for convergence between the sociologies of childhood and youth.


Contact Persons:

David Cardell

Elias le Grand

Lucas Gottzén



Working Group Number: 3

Title: Substance Use


Substance use is socially patterned, and societies often make a distinction between which types of substances (e.g. alcohol, tobacco, narcotics and prescribed drugs) and which behaviours related to it that are accepted. This creates a polarization between normalized and stigmatized use which could have large consequences for the individual, e.g. for life chances and health. On an aggregated level, different types of use vary between different population groups, e.g. by gender, ethnicity, age, socio-economic level, rural-urban classification. The degree to which use of substances affect other aspects of life also differs largely between these groups, creating inequality in society which could further strengthen the negative impact on the individual. Although substance use tends to differ by culture, it is not static and social changes constantly re-write how we perceive use and related behaviours. This working group welcomes research on alcohol, drugs and tobacco and related behaviours.


Contact Persons:

Tove Sohlberg

Nina-Katri Gustafsson



Working Group Number: 4

Title: Digital Sociology


Contemporary society is increasingly permeated by embedded technologies that intervene in the everyday lives of people through the collection and algorithmic processing of personal, interactional, spatial, bodily and/or sensory data that become entangled with everyday life processes and practices through feedback loops of different kinds. The presence of such algorithmic technologies suggests that everyday lives in contemporary society are not only mediated but also increasingly automated, datafied and digitalised. But how do these changes result from, relate to, and become part of general processes of social transformation and how can sociological conceptual frameworks possibly be used to further understand these matters? These questions are explored in the digital sociology working group through papers that theoretically, methodologically and/or empirically engages with processes and/or practices of automation, digitalization and datafication.


Contact Person:

Martin Berg



Working Group Number: 5

Title: Economic Sociology


The group welcomes theoretical and empirical papers in Swedish or English based on a broad interpretation of 'economic sociology'. We encourage papers on political economy, sociology of consumption, household finance, economic professions and intermediates, and the dispersion of economic rationalities and cultures in society at large, as well as papers on areas that are often regarded as the core of economic sociology: markets and pricing; business and entrepreneurship; money /credit and currencies. Session themes and session language will be set on the basis of submitted abstracts.


Contact Person:

Bengt Larsson



Working Group Number: 6

Title: Sociology of Emotions


Already classic sociology was interested in the role of emotions for human action and social cohesion but, it was not until the 1970s that sociology of emotions became and independent research field. The significance of emotion for rational action and as a link between structure and agency, macro and micro level, began to be explored. Today, sociology of emotions is an established theoretical perspective in the social sciences, including politics, economics, organizations, social movements, professions, culture, the internet and everyday life. Current issues concern, inter alia, the relationship between rationality and emotion, emotion management / emotional work, emotional regimes, the importance of emotions for social change and collective / individual emotions. The working group for sociology of emotions brings together researchers who, through different methods and within different research areas, share an interest in the role of emotions for social life.


Contact Persons:

Stina Bergman Blix,

Lisa Flower



Working Group Number: 7

Title: Sociology of Family and Personal Life


This research group works with critical studies of family and personal relationships on different – and interrelated – levels: politics/policy, practices and discourses. We are especially interested in recent developments within the field that, through taking a point of departure in concepts such as family practices, personal life, and family display, have opened up for the possibilities of new empirical focuses as well as theoretical challenges and innovations. Specific issues that the group is concerned with includes, for example, intimacy, connectedness, relationality, kinship, couples, sexuality, gender, children, parenthood and grandparenting, as well as how social division, inequality and difference are experienced and reproduced in contexts of, and discourses on, family and personal relationships. We are also interested in the development of innovative research methods in the field of intimacy and personal life.


Contact Persons:

Terese Anving

Catrine Andersson



Working Group Number: 8

Title: The Sociology of Consumption and Production


Consumption and production engages the vast majority of people on an everyday basis. It goes without saying that both these phenomena are strongly interrelated, and they encompass a number of important sociological problems. The sociology of consumption has since the 1980’s had a steady development of inquiries regarding how people acquire and appreciate goods and services and their effects on society. The sociology of production has, in contrast, primarily concerned questions of labor and global inequalities. The working group "The Sociology of Consumption and Production" engages with both these fields of study, while also opening up for bridges between them. The group is framed by a concern for how goods and services are made, integrated, used, wasted, and organized in society – both locally and globally. The group welcomes discussions that engages both with empirical materials and theoretical developments of these themes.


Contact Persons:

Jonas Bååth

Tullia Jack 



Working Group Number: 9

Title: Critical studies and intersectionality


Globalization's imprint today requires critical interpretations. The intersectional perspective illustrates the need for an integration of theory and practice, especially in analyses where different power systems interact. An intersectional analysis can be used in different areas where individuals or groups appear to belong to different categories (class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, age, religion, functionality, etc.). The papers presented and reflected in this theme may include analyses of concrete empirical cases, for example, refugees, new family constellations, trafficking, disability, religiosity, etc.; also welcome are more discursive issues where ideas such as social justice can be problematized. Studies about or from feminism, anti-racism, postcolonial theory, etc. are also invited. In other words, sociological critical studies concern problem formulations regarding the metaphor "the human being is socially constructed" (in further interpretation). Welcome!


Contact Person:

Marta Cuesta



Working Group Number: 10

Title: Critical Welfare Studies


This group convenes research about the workings of the welfare state, as observable in discourse, institutional encounters and people’s experiences. A key interest is the relationship between welfare institutions and individuals – its character and practical realization, as well as how the relationship is shaped and to what effects. This involves investigating and critically discussing categorization processes, institutional practices, and the construction of social problems and solutions in long-term and short-term perspectives in practice as well as policy. As part of this, we are interested in understanding situated meaning-making in struggles over knowledge, inclusion/exclusion, and identity. Research presented in this working group ideally brings together theory and empirical investigations.


Contact Persons:

Stina Fernqvist

Marie Flinkfeldt 



Working Group Number: 11

Title: Sociology of the Body


Transformations such as technical and medical developments and the aging of the population, particularly in industrial advanced societies, affect the material body as well as the relation between body and mind, consciousness and identity. The body is often understood as a machine which can be maximized and disciplined. However, the body can also be understood as vulnerable, a vulnerability that is common to the human experience of the living body. A sociology of the body can adopt an interactionist perspective, focusing for example on the meeting between the individual and professionals. It can take people’s lived experiences of their material body as its point of departure, or focus on how bodily differences involve different possibilities and limitations in terms of citizenship, inclusion and exclusion. Practices and discourses concerning the body can be understood as expressions of power, knowledge and control. We invite papers on ideas about bodies concerning, for example: Gender/Sexuality, Race/Ethnicity, Dis/ability, Technology, Aging, Health/illness


Contact Persons:

Elisabet Apelmo

Maria Norstedt



Working Group Number: 12

Title: Cultural Sociology


The working group for cultural sociology welcomes submissions that focus on the cultural dimensions of social life with diverse points of departure: both cultural perspectives on the social in general and sociological perspectives on cultural objects and institutions. Papers might focus on cultural sociology in practice – diverse empirical investigations – as well as theoretical and methodological issues. We welcome, in particular, papers that take a cultural sociological perspective on social polarization and inequalities. A central debate in Scandinavian cultural sociology concerns the ways that diverse theoretical traditions can be synthesized and which forms of critical sociology might result. We look forward to continuing this debate and to uncovering new ones when we meet in this year’s Sociologidagarna.


Contact Persons:

Anna Lund

Alison Gerber



Working Group Number: 13

Title: Medical Sociology


Sociology has long studied issues of health and medicine, but the changing and multifaceted landscapes of contemporary health and healthcare regimes require updated analyses. We welcome original papers pertaining, for example, to issues of health inequality, bio/medicalization, globalization and health, citizenship and health, pharmaceuticals, complementary and alternative medicine, diagnostics, public health, evidence based medicine, business regulation, health policy, patients’ experiences, Science and Technology Studies and medicine. We also welcome papers presenting interdisciplinary analyses that can invigorate the social study of health and medicine. We are open to papers reporting empirical research findings as well as those that are more theoretical in orientation. We also welcome papers presenting ‘work-in-progress’ as well as those testing out new and exciting methodological approaches to research in the sociology of health and medicine.


Contact Person:

Shai Mulinari



Working Group Number: 14

Title: Environmental Sociology and Risk Sociology


The conference’s theme "Sociology in a polarized world" is highly relevant for environmental and risk issues. On the one hand, environmental problems challenge many of the borders of current society. The transboundary character of environmental issues has made researchers and politicians to see a need but also a possibility for joint and concerted action and the development of global environmental policy. On the other hand, environmental issues many times strengthen existing borders or may even create new ones. For example, the consequences of climate change will be unevenly distributed; many times the most vulnerable groups and countries are those which have contributed least to the origin of anthropogenic climate change. Sociology has an important task to investigate the conditions for joint action as well as to uncover unequal conditions and issues of power. This working group welcomes papers that analyze current environmental problems and risks.


Contact Person:

Rolf Lidskog



Working Group Number: 15

Title: Political Sociology and Social Movements


The working group for political sociology and social movements deals with sociological analyses of political phenomena. The main objects of study include political institutions, political attitudes, ideologies, social movements and various forms of political participation. Political participation is understood in a broad sense and includes conventional forms of participation as well as civil disobedience, direct action, and political violence. The working group acknowledges that the boundaries of what is considered political are disputed and welcomes studies of societal conflicts, collective action, resistance, power relations and the exercise of power, even when these are not unambiguously political. Various forms of social control and repression directed at political actors are also included among the working group’s objects of study. The working group for political sociology and social movements aims to be inclusive both in terms of theoretical and methodological approaches.


Contact Person:

Mattias Wahlström



Working Group Number: 16

Title: Religion in Public Life


As a result of, among other things, migration and globalization, religion has increasingly during the last decades gained public space in Sweden and other countries in Europe. Already in 1994, José Casanova presented the theory of post-secular states, challenging the idea of secularism. In Sweden, the increasing place of religion in the public has mostly been characterized by what professor sociology of religion Anders Bäckström has termed pragmatic secularism (Bäckström 2013: 30f). There are ongoing negotiations in several public institutions about the place of religion within these, but in order to gain knowledge of how these processes work, more empirical research is needed. Therefore, the working group welcomes papers on how religion is part of and in relation to public institutions such as schools, universities, hospitals, prisons, police, armed forces and legal systems.


Reference: Bäckström, Anders 2013. ‘Religion mellan det privata och det offentliga – om religion och välfärd‘, i H Stenström (red.), Religionens offentlighet. Om religionens plats i samhället, Stockholm: Artos & Norma bokförlag, p. 27-46. Casanova, José 1994. Public Religions in the Modern World Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


Contact Person:

Magdalena Nordin



Working Group Number: 17

Title: Social Policy and Welfare


The working group on social policy and welfare focus on the driving forces and outcomes of welfare states in various areas. We welcome studies that investigate structural changes and reforms that affect individual life chances in terms of citizens' living conditions, resource allocation and activities. Research in the area of social policy and welfare can be conceptual, theoretical and empirical. The latter is typically based on quantitative analyses, but qualitative methods are also welcome (or a combination of both). Studies in the area are often clearly restricted in time and space. An important part of this research is comparative in character, where Sweden is situated in an international context.


Contact Person:

Kenneth Nelson 



Working Group Number: 18

Title: Social Psychology


The social psychology group is open for anyone who has a sociological social psychology perspective in their paper. The overall focus of this group is the constantly changing connection between individual, group, organization and society. Specifically, we will discuss the human being as a social being and, following that, anything that is negotiated in and springing from what is social; socialization, language, interaction, identities, emotions, attitudes, norms, stigmas, social structures, communication, group dynamics, deviation and so on. This group is also open for anyone who wishes to discuss methodology from a social psychology perspective. We will reserve some time for the discussion of the status and future of social psychology in Sweden and thus the challenges that lie therein.


Contact Person:

Susanna Nordström



Working Group Number: 19

Title: Sociological Criminology


The study of social control and deviance is a classical field within sociology. It deals with questions related to normality and deviance, crime and punishment, right and wrong, morality and immorality. Contemporary issues of social control and deviance require sociologists to produce nuanced and well-founded knowledge to respond to simplistic understandings of these phenomena. The criminology group welcomes qualitative and quantitative papers in Swedish or English with theoretical and analytical diversity, preferably in combination with detailed empirical inquiries.


Contact Person:

Sara Uhnoo



Working Group Number: 20

Title: Sociological Theory


"What then is sociological theory? If no one asks me, I know: if I wish to explain it to one that asketh, I know not", might Saint Augustine have said, were he a sociologist. He was not. Nevertheless, he was bold enough to give an answer about his very difficult subject matter (which was time), and I will at least endeavor to say the following: The sociological theory working group especially encourages contributions that not only relate to, but essentially discusses, questions about social ontology and social epistemology. The working group is characterized by an outspoken interest in a) social theory, b) the development of (general) theoretical concepts in sociology, and c) self-reflexive sociology (i. e. "What is sociology?"). The purpose of the sociological theory working group is to encourage and critically assess investigations into this wide but important field of sociology.


Contact Person:

Sverre Wide



Working Group Number: 21

Title: Language and Social Interaction


The theme of Language and Social Interaction brings together researchers who approach sociological issues by analyzing language as action. The working group Language and Social Interaction welcomes abstracts from researchers who work with discourse analytic methods, which include, but is not limited to, conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, discourse theory, discursive psychology, and sociolinguistics. The working group focuses on theorizing and analysis of the relation between language use and cultural, political, and social structures. Researchers within language and social interaction raise important sociological questions about conditions for participation and accountability, inclusion and exclusion. A common focus in many studies is analysis of categories-in-action; that is, the meaning of actions, activities, and beings in relation to their proximate and wider context. The working group offers a platform where researchers interested in such questions can advance their analytic repertoires and contribute to developing the sociological study of language and social interaction.


Contact Person:

Clara Iversen



Working Group Number: 22

Title: Urban Sociology


Relations within and between cities, as well as between cities and the countryside, are affected by changes in social, economic and political conditions at global, national, regional and local levels. Growing economic inequality, flows of migration, residential segregation and labour market segmentation gives rise to social processes such as diversified life conditions, local social movements, changed power structures, and changed place identities. The spatial concentration of urban social life constitutes an arena for many of the traditional core sociological questions – how does the city hold together (or fall apart)? Papers with different methodological and theoretical approaches within a wide definition of urban sociology are welcomed to the working group on Urban Sociology. Examples of current themes are: area development, sociology of suburbs, gentrification, segregation, urban policy, social movements, local social networks, stigmatisation, social sustainability.


Contact Person:

Susanne Urban



Working Group Number: 23

Title: Sociology of Education


Sociology of Education explores formation, education, teaching, upbringing and learning in relation to other parts of society and to radical social processes, such as globalisation and changes taking place in the world of work. A central problem area in the research into Sociology of Education is the encounter between the different kinds of assets possessed by pupils, students and teachers and the prevailing order in the educational system. Another problem area is the growth and development of educational institutions and the relationship between education and other social fields, such as culture, economics or politics. As a discipline, Sociology of Education is based on more general traditions of research in social and historical sciences. A special focus during Sociologidagarna 2018 is social cleavages in the educational system and differences between social groups with regard to their relationship to education.


Contact Person:

Mikael Börjesson



Working Group Number: 24

Title: Sociology of Law


We welcome theoretical and empirical studies, in Swedish or English, which concern law and legal developments, policy and implementation issues, social norms and legal behavior, regulation and social control.


Sub-themes include: 

1. Formal and informal regulation

2. Governance and corporate social responsibility

3. Gender, violence, and human rights

4. Law and regulation in cyberspace

5. Border Control, Migration and Refugee Policies

6. Transnational law and legal orders

7. Surveillance and risk management

8. Environmental law, policy and Climate Change.

9. Legal cultures and legal consciousness


Contact person:

Reza Banakar