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Sörbom, A. (2019). A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Globalization [Review]. Organization Studies, 40(2), 297-300
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Globalization
2019 (English)In: Organization Studies, ISSN 0170-8406, E-ISSN 1741-3044, Vol. 40, no 2, p. 297-300Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Globalisation Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37750 (URN)10.1177/0170840618788309 (DOI)000457487200007 ()
Available from: 2019-02-26 Created: 2019-02-26 Last updated: 2019-10-25Bibliographically approved
Sörbom, A. (2018). Från snack till organiserade nätverk: Om tankesmedjors arbete för att värva andra för sina idéer. Sociologisk forskning, 55(2-3), 365-387
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Från snack till organiserade nätverk: Om tankesmedjors arbete för att värva andra för sina idéer
2018 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 55, no 2-3, p. 365-387Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

From chatter to organized networks. How think tanks work to enrol others

Think tanks, both inside and outside the Swedish context, appear as something of a conundrum. Definitions and conceptual understandings of what think tanks actually do have not been adequately developed. One of the most urgent and unanswered questions regards how we understand the ability of think tanks to get other actors in the political landscape to use their ideas? Drawing on insights from 13 think thanks in Stockholm, the intention of this paper is to provide an empirically based and theoretically informed answer to this question. The results show that the activities colloquially termed ”networking” and ”agenda setting”, can be understood from an organisational perspective. These activities come across as intangible with uncertain outcomes but cannot be seen as random attempts to bridge think tankers and policy actors, but as decided actions designed to make other actors use their ideas in the future. At the same time, the organized relationships to other actors are ambiguous, as too close relationships may risk the think tank’s appearance of independency.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sveriges Sociologförbund, 2018
Keywords
think tanks, organizing networks, agenda setting, members, independency
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36146 (URN)000437926900013 ()2-s2.0-85051390295 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-08-27 Created: 2018-08-27 Last updated: 2019-10-25Bibliographically approved
Sörbom, A. (2017). Arbetarrörenslen och globaliseringen: bortom nationen som ram?. In: Filip Wijkström, Marta Reuter & Abbas Emami (Ed.), Civilsamhället i det transnationella rummet: (pp. 219-247). Stockholm: European Civil Society Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Arbetarrörenslen och globaliseringen: bortom nationen som ram?
2017 (Swedish)In: Civilsamhället i det transnationella rummet / [ed] Filip Wijkström, Marta Reuter & Abbas Emami, Stockholm: European Civil Society Press , 2017, p. 219-247Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: European Civil Society Press, 2017
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32214 (URN)978-91-86641-08-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-03-08 Created: 2017-03-08 Last updated: 2019-10-25Bibliographically approved
Sörbom, A. & Wennerhag, M. (2016). Begreppet extremism - en kritisk introduktion. ARKIV. Tidskrift för samhällsanalys (5), 15-37
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2016 (Swedish)In: ARKIV. Tidskrift för samhällsanalys, ISSN 2000-6225, E-ISSN 2000-6217, no 5, p. 15-37Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Termen ”extremism” har blivit vanligare inom både svensk offentlig debatt och myndighetsprosa. I sådana sammanhang är det dock sällan klart exakt vad som avses med denna term. Inte heller inom samhällsvetenskapen är begreppet extre­ mism oomstritt och inom olika forskningsfält används begreppet på olika sätt. Syftet med Adrienne Sörbom och Magnus Wennerhags artikel är att belysa extremismbegrep­ pets uppkomst och förändrade betydelse under moderniteten, samt att diskutera några av de problem som begreppet är behäftat med. Med hjälp av bland annat vetenskaps­ sociologen Thomas F. Gieryns begrepp ”gränsdragningsarbete” (boundary-work) visar Sörbom och Wennerhag hur begreppet extremism används i fältet mellan vetenskap, politik och samhällsdebatt. Författarnas huvudsakliga poäng är att begreppets utgångs­ punkt i en tydligt normativ föreställning om politiska avvikelser gör det mindre använd­ bart i vetenskapliga sammanhang, eftersom det enbart tar dessa avvikelser för givna och inte erbjuder några förklaringar om varför de uppkommer eller vilken roll de spelar i moderna samhällen. 

Keywords
extremism; avvikelse; radikalisering; gränsdragningsarbete; demokrati; normativitet. publiceringsh
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29859 (URN)10.13068/2000-6217.5.1 (DOI)1561/42/2011 (Local ID)1561/42/2011 (Archive number)1561/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1561/42/2011
Available from: 2016-04-18 Created: 2016-04-18 Last updated: 2019-10-25Bibliographically approved
Garsten, C. & Sörbom, A. (2016). Magical formulae for market futures: Tales from the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Anthropology Today, 32(6), 18-21
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Magical formulae for market futures: Tales from the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos
2016 (English)In: Anthropology Today, ISSN 0268-540X, E-ISSN 1467-8322, Vol. 32, no 6, p. 18-21Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Markets are often portrayed as being organized by way of rationalized knowledge, objective reasoning, and the fluctuations of demand and supply. In parallel, and often mixed with this modality of knowledge, magical beliefs and practices are prevalent. Business leaders, management consultants, and financial advisors are often savvy in the art of creatively blending the ‘objective facts’ of markets with magical formulae, rites, and imaginaries of the future. This article looks at the World Economic Forum's yearly Davos meeting as a large-scale ritual that engages senior executives of global corporations, top-level politicians, and civil society leaders to contribute to the overall aim of ‘improving the world’. The Davos gathering has become a vital part of the business calendar, just as much for the intensity of its networking as for the declarations of action from the speakers’ podiums. The presentations and performances in Davos work as ‘technologies of enchantment’ in Gell's (1992) sense, instilling a sense of agency onto participants. The ritual also contributes towards securing the acquiescence of individuals and organizations in a transnational network of politico-economic intentionalities. By invoking global and regional challenges and risks, discussing possible scenarios and solutions, presenters invoke a sense of urgency and contribute to the articulation of global ‘problems’ and ‘solutions’. It is proposed that the magic of Davos resides to a large extent in the ritualized form of interaction and the technologies of enchantment through which it is set up. © RAI 2016

National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31404 (URN)10.1111/1467-8322.12312 (DOI)000389176200005 ()2-s2.0-85000799141 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-12-16 Created: 2016-12-16 Last updated: 2019-10-25Bibliographically approved
Jämte, J. & Sörbom, A. (2016). Why Did It Not Happen Here?: The Gradual Radicalization of the Anarchist Movement in Sweden 1980–90. In: Bart van der Steen and Knud Andresen (Ed.), A European Youth Revolt: European Perspectives on Youth Protest and Social Movements in the 1980s (pp. 97-111). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Why Did It Not Happen Here?: The Gradual Radicalization of the Anarchist Movement in Sweden 1980–90
2016 (English)In: A European Youth Revolt: European Perspectives on Youth Protest and Social Movements in the 1980s / [ed] Bart van der Steen and Knud Andresen, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, p. 97-111Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter examines the development and role of the anarchist movement in Sweden during the 1980s. In relation to many other parts of Northern Europe – which had seen an upsurge in radical left-libertarian activism, squatting and urban unrest at the turn of the 1980s – such social movements and confrontations remained a marginal phenomenon in Sweden, at least until the end of the decade. However, by the late 1980s a new generation of younger activists, often with roots in the anarchist milieu, formed the basis for a radical squatter and autonomist movement, which proved very similar to the movements that had developed throughout Europe almost a decade earlier.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Series
Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements
Keywords
Anarchist activists, radicalization, political opportunities, repertoires of action
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31374 (URN)10.1007/978-1-137-56570-9_7 (DOI)9781137565693 (ISBN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1561/42/2011
Available from: 2016-12-15 Created: 2016-12-15 Last updated: 2019-10-25Bibliographically approved
Jacobsson, K. & Sörbom, A. (2015). After a Cycle of Contention: Post-Gothenburg Strategies of Left-Libertarian Activists in Sweden. Social Movement Studies, 14(6), 713-732
Open this publication in new window or tab >>After a Cycle of Contention: Post-Gothenburg Strategies of Left-Libertarian Activists in Sweden
2015 (English)In: Social Movement Studies, ISSN 1474-2837, E-ISSN 1474-2829, Vol. 14, no 6, p. 713-732Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article considers the strategic choices that radical activists face when a cycle of contention ends. It investigates the re-orientation of the autonomous anarchists or left-libertarian activist milieu in Sweden after the riots at the Gothenburg summit in 2001, which ended a cycle of anti-globalization protests in Sweden. The article identifies five strategies by which this activist milieu attempted to reconstruct collective agency, build a new alliance structure and renew the repertoire of contention: 1) rescaling and targeting of micro-politics; 2) moving from secluded to open communities; 3) rethinking collective agency with the help of a new movement theory; 4) reversing dominant discourses and opening up discursive space; and 5) redefining militancy and shelving of violent confrontation. The study builds on activist interviews and ethnographic research in Stockholm and Malmö.

Keywords
Autonomous, activists, cycle of contention, left-libertarian, militancy, Tarrow
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26780 (URN)10.1080/14742837.2015.1027763 (DOI)000367015900005 ()2-s2.0-84927739714 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Från apati till aktivism: Medborgerliga identiteter och reaktioner på det politiska
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 421-2007-8782
Available from: 2015-04-01 Created: 2015-04-01 Last updated: 2019-10-25Bibliographically approved
Ekman, J., Sörbom, A., Thörn, H., Wahlström, M. & Wennerhag, M. (2014). Förslag mot extremism hotar demokratisk grund. Dagens Nyheter (5 apri), pp. 6
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Förslag mot extremism hotar demokratisk grund
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2014 (Swedish)In: Dagens Nyheter, ISSN 1101-2447, no 5 apri, p. 6-Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25806 (URN)
Note

DN-debatt

Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-12 Last updated: 2019-10-25Bibliographically approved
Garsten, C. & Sörbom, A. (2014). Values aligned: the organization of conflicting values within the World Economic Forum. In: Susanna Alexius , Kristina Tamm Hallström (Ed.), Configuring Value Conflicts in Markets: (pp. 159-177). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Values aligned: the organization of conflicting values within the World Economic Forum
2014 (English)In: Configuring Value Conflicts in Markets / [ed] Susanna Alexius , Kristina Tamm Hallström, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014, p. 159-177Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-24764 (URN)000332719200009 ()978-1-78254-446-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-12-15 Created: 2014-10-02 Last updated: 2019-10-25Bibliographically approved
Sörbom, A. & Jämte, J. (2014). Why it didn´t happen here: The development of the Anarchist Movement in Sweden 1980-1990. In: On conference website: . Paper presented at A European Youth Revolt in 1980/81?, Amsterdam, May 15-17,2014..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Why it didn´t happen here: The development of the Anarchist Movement in Sweden 1980-1990
2014 (English)In: On conference website, 2014Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Keywords
Anarchism, Sweden, 1980ies, Opportunity Structures, Consensus Culture
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26782 (URN)1561/42/2011 (Local ID)1561/42/2011 (Archive number)1561/42/2011 (OAI)
Conference
A European Youth Revolt in 1980/81?, Amsterdam, May 15-17,2014.
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1561/42/2011
Available from: 2015-04-01 Created: 2015-04-01 Last updated: 2019-10-25Bibliographically approved
Projects
Anarchists in Eastern and Western Europe - a Comparative Study [A068-2011_OSS]; Södertörn University; Publications
Wennerhag, M., Fröhlich, C. & Piotrowski, G. (Eds.). (2017). Radical left movements in Europe. Abingdon, Oxon: RoutledgeWennerhag, M. (2017). Radical left movements in Europe: An introduction. In: Magnus Wennerhag; Christian Fröhlich; Grzegorz Piotrowski (Ed.), Radical Left Movements in Europe: (pp. 1-21). Abingdon, Oxon: RoutledgeSörbom, A. & Wennerhag, M. (2016). Begreppet extremism - en kritisk introduktion. ARKIV. Tidskrift för samhällsanalys (5), 15-37Piotrowski, G. (2016). Od post-anarchizmu do pop-anarchizmu. In: Skrycki Radosław and Michał Przyborowski (Ed.), Radosława Skryckiego (Ed.), Studia z dziejów anarchizmu (2): w dwusetlecie urodzin Michaiła Bakunina. Paper presented at Szczecin, May 29-31, 2014.. Szczecin: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu SzczecińskiegoPolanska, D. V. & Piotrowski, G. (2016). Poland: Local differences and the importence of cohesion. Baltic Worlds, IX(1-2), 46-56Piotrowski, G. & Polanska, D. V. (2016). Radical Urban Movements in Poland: the case of squatting. Miscellanea Anthropologica et Sociologica, 17(1), 53-69Jämte, J. & Sörbom, A. (2016). Why Did It Not Happen Here?: The Gradual Radicalization of the Anarchist Movement in Sweden 1980–90. In: Bart van der Steen and Knud Andresen (Ed.), A European Youth Revolt: European Perspectives on Youth Protest and Social Movements in the 1980s (pp. 97-111). Basingstoke: Palgrave MacmillanPiotrowski, G. & Wennerhag, M. (2015). Always against the state?: An analysis of Polish and Swedish radical left-libertarian activists’ interaction with institutionalized politics. PArticipation and COnflict, 8(3), 845-875Polanska Vergara, D. & Piotrowski, G. (2015). The transformative power of cooperation between social movements: squatting and tenants’ movements in Poland. City, 19(2-3), 274-296Piotrowski, G. (2014). Squatting in the East – Rozbrat in Poland. In: van Hoogenhuijze, Leendert and Van Der Steen, Bart (Ed.), The City Is Ours: Squatting and Autonomous Movements in Europe from the 1970s to the Present (pp. 233-253). Oakland CA: PM Press
Political Resources: A Research Initiation Project [F18-1304:1_RJ]; Södertörn University
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